Age - Six weeks (by October 15th)
Our infant program is designed to foster children’s physical, sensory, social, emotional, and intellectual development in a safe, gentle and caring environment. Our teachers know that babies grow and learn best when they feel secure. Our maximum group size is eight infants with three teachers. Each child is assigned a primary caregiver that attends to the child’s individual needs and works in partnership with parents to ensure that their child is being provided the best possible care while at school. Infants develop trust and security when they know their teachers will be right there to help by supporting learning through growth and joy as well meeting their needs and helping when they are upset. In this environment, infants begin to develop a sense of trust and a secure environment from which to explore.
April received her Master's degree from Hunter College in psychology with a concentration in developmental and cognitive psychology. She is also credentialed as an infant and toddler educator with the American Montessori Society. April has worked with infants and toddlers in a range of settings including private pre-schools and NAEYC accredited child care centers. In addition, she recently operated a small home-based nursery school for toddlers. April grew up in mid-coast Maine and currently lives with her family in Yarmouth. Her daughter, Anelise is a JCA pre-school graduate. April serves on the Board of Directors for the Maine Association for the Education of Young Children, where she focuses on policy and advocacy to improve quality and access to early childhood education in Maine.
Karen lives in South Portland with her husband Paul, their youngest son Jason, their two young nieces and their recently adopted dog Amelia. After graduating from Andover College with an associate's degree in medical assisting and working with the elderly for several years, she decided that working with infants and toddlers was her true passion. She has worked in early childhood education for over 20 years and is currently working on her infant/toddler credential. When not working with children she enjoys hiking, biking and swimming. She is very excited to be welcomed in to the JCA family.
Olivia has worked for several years as a substitute and Aftercare teacher for the GFP and is excited to join the Infant Room full time. She graduated from Southern Maine Community College with an associates degree in Early Childhood Education. She lives with her fiancé and pup in Old Orchard Beach and they love taking advantage of living at the beach.