LEWISTON — Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care’s Early Head Start Center, 241 Bartlett St., has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.
To earn NAEYC accreditation, the program went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC early childhood program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The program received NAEYC accreditation after a visit by NAEYC assessors. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during their accreditation, which lasts for five years.
Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care has provided child development services to pregnant women, families and children, newborn to age 5, for more than 43 years. Program options include full day, half day, prekindergarten partnerships with local elementary schools, home-based, family child care, infant and toddler Early Head Start, and the child and adult care food program. Services through these programs are provided annually to more than 900 children and families throughout Androscoggin County. Centers are located in Lewiston, Auburn, Lisbon Falls, Livermore Falls and Mechanic Falls.
Applications for all Head Start programs are accepted at any time. Full day child-care services are available on a sliding fee scale for parents who are working, continuing their education, or participating in job training 30 or more hours per week. Call 795-4040 for more information, or visit the Web site at www.androkids.com. Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care is a United Way funded and Lewiston and Auburn CDBG-supported agency.

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