LEWISTON — The 50-year-old Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care is now the Promise Early Education Center.

The agency unveiled its new name and logo Thursday.

“Our organization is deeply rooted in providing quality early education and ensuring children’s success in school,” Executive Director Betsy Norcross Plourde said in a news release. “Our new name and fresh new look position us to communicate who we are and what we do in the community.”

The agency provides early childhood education, including cognitive, social and emotional development, health and nutrition services for children, and works with families and caregivers as a resource and support.

With several locations throughout Androscoggin County, the organization has seen more than 90 percent of its students meet or exceed developmental targets for school readiness after one year in the program, according to the news release.

Last year, the Head Start and Child Care served 339 children from birth to age 5. It has 90 employees.

Plourde said the new name is a result of a year’s worth of work overseen by The Brand Collective in Auburn. The mission to educate, engage and empower families won’t change with the new name, she said.


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