NEW GLOUCESTER – Fiddlehead Center for the Arts, a multi-community arts and science center, is accepting registrations for its original new early education program, FiddleStarts. FiddleStarts will host an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25.

Based on an educational approach called Reggio Emilia, the program is available for 3- to 5-year-olds. It emphasizes the arts and communication and will feature music, movement, work with clay and introduction to the Spanish language.

“In a classroom that uses the Reggio approach, children can explore a subject without time limits, which allows for deep thinking,” said Reggio educator Judy Ives. “Although the teacher will provide direction if necessary, the children can determine the direction of each day’s learning. The curriculum is flexible and readily adapted to the children’s ideas and interests.”

Ives will lead FiddleStarts starting in September and the program will run for nine months. Parents can decide to enroll their children in morning or afternoon classes, two, three or five days a week.

Fees vary depending upon the number of days a child is enrolled. Parents are encouraged to call Fiddlehead Center at 688-2244 for cost and other information.

Fiddlehead is located at 83 Pineland Drive, Pineland Campus, and on the Web at

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