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.
Lauren has lived all over the world, but mostly grew up in Texas. She has a Bachelor's degree in English & Women's Studies from Hope College and a Master's of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from Texas State University, and over 10 years of child care experience. She recently moved from Vermont, where she worked as an infant/toddler teacher at a Reggio-inspired preschool in the woods. Lauren is thrilled to have found a new home at the JCA and is looking forward to building relationships and helping the littlest ones grow into independent learners. She lives in Westbrook with her wife, Theresa, and their goofy dog, Oates.
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.
Heidi lives in North Yarmouth with her husband Alan, and dog Kaci. She has a BA in English from the University of Maine, Orono. After raising her two boys, she started her career in the public school system, the last ten years as an Ed Tech working in special education. Heidi feels lucky to be doing what she loves every day and is excited about being at the JCA.