New Procedures. Same Philosophy.
The Goldman Family Preschool, NAEYC accredited and now in its 31st year, has a rich history and an outstanding reputation.
Through the 'High Scope' curriculum, combined with a Reggio Emilia approach, we offer child centered, family-oriented programs for 6 weeks old to 5 years old. Educated and trained professionals bring deep commitment and a love of children to our classrooms. We foster a child's natural instincts and curiosity by providing a nurturing, comfortable, joyful and developmentally appropriate environment.
If you are interested in enrolling your child please contact School Director Wendy Getchell at firstname.lastname@example.org
School Director, Wendy Getchell
We are thrilled to announce that after a competitive, national search, Wendy Getchell has joined the JCA as Director of the Goldman Family Preschool! Wendy had her start in the arts, teaching and directing dance and theater productions with ages toddler through adults. Previously, she was Managing Director of Terpsicore Dance Inc., an early childhood teacher at Breakwater Learning School, and founder and director of Kids Creative: Moving Arts, an afterschool program that provided dance and physical arts for children of all abilities. Wendy is enthusiastic about working collaboratively with families and teachers to develop shared understandings and actions that advocate for the best interest of the child. She has a BA from the University of Southern Maine, served two years on the visiting committee for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the 2020 ECE Policy Leadership Program with MaineAEYC. Wendy enjoys running, nature walks, painting, crochet and is the proud parent of her daughter Egypt, who is currently a sophomore at Bennington College in Vermont.
Assistant Director, Janel Goodman
Janel Goodman is Assistant Director of the JCA Preschool, and has been with the JCA for over fourteen years. She holds a K-8 teaching certificate from the University of New England and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Farmington. Janel especially enjoys watching the way four and five year olds grow throughout the year. Warm hugs, spontaneous dance parties, and fantastic colleagues are a few of her favorite parts of the JCA Preschool!