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Community Childhood Learning Place
Castine, Maine
Community Childhood Learning Place (CCLP) is located in Castine, a costal town in Down East Maine Acadia Region. Castine, surrounded by the sea, steeped in history and architecturally preserved buildings and is the home of the Maine Maritime Academy. Castine Historical Society, Wilson Museum, four churches, elementary school, a golf, sailing, tennis club, health clinic, and old inns.
The site of the CCLP is a repurposed 1895 water tank designed by Mohr and Todd of Charlottesville, VA and Southwest Harbor, ME into a quality early learning environment. The circular building completed in 2019 has a center studio area surrounded by three learning spaces and support spaces.

Start Date: August 5, 2019

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

The Community Childhood Learning Place, serving children, 4-months to five-year-of-age and an after school program, Director is responsible for the daily operation and maintaining the mission of the Community Childhood Learning Place (CCLP) and for providing overall administrative responsibilities required to run an efficient and high quality early childhood education and care program showing a strong relationship to the Reggio Emilia guiding principles. The Director is responsible for ensuring Maine Department of Health and Human Services Rules and Regulations are monitored and followed, promoting a creative and collaborative curriculum instilling critical thinking skills, retaining financial records, hiring, training, supervising and working effectively with staff, recruiting and communicating with children and families successfully and effectively, and connect positively with community and the CCLP Board. In addition, the director will work to obtain National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

The Director must have a Masters degree in early childhood or strongly related field, 1-to 3-years continuous experience in administration and working with children. Successful candidates must have strong organizational and initiative abilities along with excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills. A background in computer operations and an understanding and belief in Reggio Emilia principles are desired.

Salary & Benefits

Salary based on experience and a strong desire to participate in the growth of our school.
Paid Time Off includes holidays and additional days based upon employment time period.

Application Procedures

Candidates should provide a cover letter describing strengths, abilities and experiences working with children, families, and the community. Successful candidates should relate personal vision for creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking in an early learning program for young children.
A resume will be provided containing:
-Education and work experience
-Three recent non-relative references, including last employer.
-Positive FBI and State Bureau of Investigation Criminal History Report.
-Certified in Child and Infant First Aid and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
-Transcripts of last academic program

Program Description

The Community Childhood Learning Place is a year round, full-day early learning and care program serving children, four-months to kindergarten, including after school programing for school-aged children, that recognizes the rich potential of each child physically, cognitively, and emotionally through child-centered, play-based discovery learning while valuing the contribution of family interaction, community involvement, and the importance of engaging teachers well-grounded in child development, learning philosophies, and wellness principles.
The program is in operation Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM in a circular designed building providing age appropriate designed learning environments with support areas and a light filled studio.

Contact Info

Nancy Sayre, Ph.D.
PO Box 344
Castine, ME 04421

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