New Procedures. Same Philosophy.


The Goldman Family Preschool, NAEYC accredited and now in its 28th 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 Mary Lilly at


School Director, Mary Lilly

Mary has spent over thirty five years in early childhood education. A founder of the JCA preschool, Mary served as Assistant Director for ten years and has directed the School since 2008. She worked to achieve NAEYC accreditation for the school, one of only seven preschool programs so designated in the Portland area. Mary is committed to providing the highest quality early learning environment, where children’s individual needs are met each day by loving and nurturing caregivers.

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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!

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