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FRASER-FORD CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Waban’s Fraser-Ford Child Development Center in Sanford, Maine provides special purpose therapeutic preschool programs in an inclusive environment for children with autism and other developmental/intellectual disabilities.

RISE (Room for Individualized Supported Education) is a full day, therapeutic preschool and kindergarten through second grade program for children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) and autism. The program provides a small classroom setting, intensive developmental therapy, and an emphasis on social, language, self-help skill building, and interactive play. In partnership with the New England Center for Children, a comprehensive and progress-driven Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) based Autism program (ACE) is integrated into each child’s daily activities.  This program provides professionals with tools to individually assess, teach, and evaluate students.

Give your child the opportunity to thrive in a nurturing environment. Our professional staff uses clinically tested, therapeutic tools to help children succeed.

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A licensed, year-round daycare program for children ages two and a half to five years old, with full-time and part-time slots between the hours of 6:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Certified and caring staff provide nutritious snacks, lunch, and all day care for each child. Also located on the daycare grounds is a large 10,000 sq. ft. playground.

Our certified staff provides a caring and nurturing environment to help children thrive.

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A year-round Early Intervention Program serving children from birth through three years old who have been identified with special needs or who could be at risk for developmental delays, and their families. Services for children and their families include language-based play groups, parent and child playgroups, parental support and training, and access to therapies and clinical services.
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With one out of every 68 children having a diagnosis of autism, the need for Waban’s evidence-based therapeutic preschool and K-2 services is greater than ever. However, without more space this critical need will go unfulfilled and children’s potential won’t be realized. That is why we have started a Capital Campaign to raise $2 Million dollars and build an Autism Therapy Wing onto the Fraser-Ford Child Development Center.
More about the Autism Therapy Wing and Capital Campaign
Read our construction blog and chart our progress
Donate to the Capital Campaign and help a child succeed

“Given the opportunity, all children can succeed.”
– Jan Fraser

Special Purpose Therapeutic Preschool & K-2

Waban’s Fraser-Ford Child Development Center in Sanford provides a full day, year round, special purpose therapeutic preschool and kindergarten through second grade programs in an inclusive environment for children with autism  and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Professionally staffed in 1:1 and 2:1 environments, our dedicated staff, therapists, and clinicians meet each child where they are and create individually tailored treatment plans leading to the optimal success for each child in a caring and nurturing environment.

In partnership with the New England Center for Children, a comprehensive and progress-driven Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) based Autism program (ACE) is integrated into each child’s daily activities. This program provides professionals with tools to individually assess, teach and evaluate students. Research-based methods, such as Discrete Trail Training, Task Analysis, and Incidental Teaching are utilized to establish and nurture individualized and student-centered skills.

 

Referrals

  • All children are referred to the Fraser-Ford Child Development Center by Child Development Services of York County (CDS).
  • Please call CDS at 207-985-7861 for a free screening if you are concerned your child may have delays.

Transportation

  • Transportation may be available through CDS. Please call 207-985-7861 for more information.
  • Approved by Maine Department of Education as a “Special Purpose Private School”.
  • Licensed by the State of Maine Department of Child Care Licensing.
  • Licensed by the State of Maine Department of Health & Human Services for Outpatient Therapy and Community Support Services.

Special Purpose Therapeutic Preschool located at:

Fraser-Ford Child Development Center
5 Dunaway Drive
Sanford, ME 04073
207-324-7955 ext. 630

For more information about Waban’s Special Purpose Therapeutic Preschool pease call 207-324-7955 or email one of the following Waban staff members:

Sarah Mehlhorn, smehlhorn@waban.org
Tiffany Haskell, thaskell@waban.org
Melanie Burnett, mburnett@waban.org
Rebecca Bascom, rbascom@waban.org

Creative Kids Preschool & Daycare

Creative Kids Preschool & Daycare is a licensed year-round and inclusive daycare program with trained, certified staff who will provide a caring and nurturing environment for children 2 to 5 years of age. Full and part-time slots between the hours of 6:00am and 5:00pm are available Monday through Friday.

Children enjoy outdoor play time on our enclosed 10,000 square foot playground and may participate in various field trips (permission slips required). USDA approved lunch as well as morning and afternoon snacks are provided. Please notify staff if your child has any dietary restrictions or allergies.

Pay Structure

Community Members:

Checks payable to Creative Kids Preschool & Daycare will be paid one week in advance. Payments can be made weekly or monthly.

Waban Employees:

Pay via payroll deduction (pre-tax) two weeks in advance.

Closings

(Holidays, Emergency, Weather, etc.)

The Fraser-Ford Child Development Center and Creative Kids Preschool & Daycare will be closed the week of Christmas and April vacation as well as all federal holidays. Please refer to our calendar.

Waban Projects utilizes an emergency alert system that allows us to advise you of closures due to inclement weather or other events requiring mass notification. This alert system is the same that used by many public and private schools in Maine.

Notification of school closings will also be reported on WCSH 6 News, WHEB (100.3 FM and 75 AM) and WOKQ (97.5 FM) radio.

You may call 207-324-7955 to hear a recorded message regarding closings due to inclement weather.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the program provide transportation?

No, Creative Kids Preschool & Daycare does not provide transportation to or from the center. Field trip transportation will be provided. Permission slips will be required prior to transporting your child.

If the center is closed, do I still pay?

Yes, the fee structure is based on an annual rate divided into 52 equal payments for the convenience of budgeting.

What happens if my child is ill?

If your child is ill or not feeling well, please make other arrangements so as to avoid exposing others. If your child becomes ill while at Creative Kids Preschool & Daycare, trained staff will follow protocols provided and will contact you.

What if I can’t pick up my child personally?

Creative Kids Preschool & Daycare is a secure, locked center. In order to protect your child, staff will not release him/her to any person unless pre-approved by you.

Creative Kids Preschool & Daycare located at:

Fraser-Ford Child Development Center
5 Dunaway Drive
Sanford, ME 04073
207-324-7955 ext. 630

For more information about Waban’s Creative Kids Preschool & Daycare please call 207-324-7955 or email one of the following Waban staff members:

Sarah Mehlhorn, smehlhorn@waban.org
Melanie Burnett, mburnett@waban.org

Early Intervention

A year-round Early Intervention Program serving children from birth through three years old who have been identified with special needs or who could be at risk for developmental delays, and their families.
Services for children and their families include language-based play groups, parent and child playgroups, parental support and training, and access to therapies and clinical services.
The early intervention group meets on Thursdays for 2 hours.

Creative Kids Preschool & Daycare located at:

Fraser-FordChild Development Center
5 Dunaway Drive
Sanford, ME 04073
207-324-7955 ext. 630

For more information about Waban’s Creative Kids Preschool & Daycare please call 207-324-7955 or email one of the following Waban staff members:

Sarah Mehlhorn, smehlhorn@waban.org
Melanie Burnett, mburnett@waban.org

Southern Maine Parent Awareness

Southern Maine Parent Awareness, a program of Waban, helps families find and make use of opportunities to enhance the quality of life for their children and young adults with disabilities.

The program provides information, referral support, and education to families who have children and youth with special needs throughout Maine.


Together finding solutions

Get the special education guide for parents.

Check out family and parental resources.

SMPA is dedicated to providing information, referral support and education to families who have children and youth with special needs throughout Maine.

Click here to learn more.

For more information about Southern Maine Parent Awareness please call 207-324-7955 or email one of the following Waban staff members:

Danielle Cote, dcote@waban.org
Tiffany Haskell, thaskell@waban.org

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