Peopleplace is a cooperative preschool where parents are partners in the education of their child.
Our programs, inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, are guided by the following principles:
- Recognition that each child is inherently competent, capable, and curious – full of ideas, inventiveness, and interest in relationships.
- Understanding the tremendous impact environment has on childhood development and learning, and leveraging it to facilitate education.
- Providing a vehicle for enhancing interactions among teachers, parents, and children by actively observing and documenting the experiences and learning of each child as they develop.
- Using the continually emerging and evolving interests of the children as the basis for guiding and shaping the curriculum.
The school is located in beautiful Camden, Maine and is licensed by the State of Maine as a “childcare facility.” It serves children from 14 neighboring towns and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Peopleplace is a United Mid-Coast Charities Agency.
Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool
PO Box 644
Camden, Maine 04843
Tel: (207) 236-4225
Peopleplace is centrally located between Camden and Rockport at 69 Union Street, near the white town-line arch. The two-story school building is set well off the road on a circle drive bordered by a children’s garden and fenced green space. The classrooms are bright, sunny spaces designed to spark a child’s interests and imagination. The building is equipped with sprinklers, in-floor radiant heating, and an air exchange system, making the space as safe, healthy, and comfortable as possible. A connected large rear deck seamlessly moves children from inside play to outside play in the school�s fully-fenced playground that includes a boat, cedar playset, trikes, swings, ‘construction site’ complete with trucks, loaders, and excavators; a grassy hill and a shady spot for stories and picnics. Two acres of Peopleplace woods and the large children’s garden are also accessible (under a teacher’s guidance) from the playground.
Childcare Information Exchange � www.ChildCareExchange.com
Resources, articles, training opportunities for early childhood professionals and parents.
North American Reggio Alliance � www.reggioalliance.org
A network of educators, parents, and advocates dedicated to an educational philosophy inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Publications, professional development listings, membership, and list of Reggio schools.
National Association for the Education of Young Children � www.NAEYC.org
The nation�s largest and most influential organization dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children ages birth through third grade. Site includes information and resources for parents and early childhood professionals, including listings of accredited programs.
Maine Roads to Quality � muskie.usm.maine.edu/maineroads
Maine Roads ot Quality promotes and supports professionalism in the childcare and early education fields in Maine. Site has information and resources.
Harvest Resources � www.ecetrainers.com
Marge Carter and Deb Curtis, authors of The Visionary Director and Training Teachers: A Harvest of Theory and Practice host this website for staff development resources, including tools and articles about professional development.
Zero to Three � www.zerotothree.org
The leading resource on the first three years of life, useful for parents and educators.