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Childcare Center

To enroll, call 1-800-834-4378. Hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Early Care and Education Center

The Elizabeth Clarke Flaherty Early Childcare and Education Center serves the early care and education needs of both the University and the greater Machias area. The childcare program has quality staff with over 35 years of combined experience. The staff offer rich experiences to foster creativity and growth in early childhood development.

The Early Childcare and Education program is operated by Child and Family Opportunities, Inc. a non-profit agency that has served families in Washington and Hancock Counties with quality Head Start and Early Care and Education services for over 40 years. The Flaherty Center is located on the campus of the University of Maine at Machias across from the Frederic A. Reynolds Center and the Fitness Center. The center has full- and part-time slots for infants through pre-schoolers, and recently received the highest Quality Rating level possible from the State of Maine. Both classrooms provide nutritious family-style meals. In addition to child development programming, families are offered an array of services including health screenings, nutrition assessment, parent education, and outreach to partnering agencies.

To ensure that all families have access to services, CFO offers child care subsidies to families needing help in paying for child care. The amount of subsidy is dependent on financial need. 

To discuss the enrollment process, or learn more about child care subsidies, contact our Enrollment Specialist.

Families are invited to drop by the center to talk with staff about the variety of services offered. Please call the center to schedule a visit.

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Some other features of the ECEC:

  • We serve UMM students and community members.
  • Our facility is universally accessible.
  • We have a full playground.

Call today and come join the fun!

CFO LogoJamie Spencer
Enrollment Specialist
Office: 1-800-834-4378 x 237 or 207-667-2995 x 237 
Fax: 207-667-2212

Diane Briggs
Center Manager
Phone: (207) 255-1441
Fax: (207) 255-1226

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