Our Program

At CMDN, we are committed to providing:

  • An accessible, affordable, high-quality care and early education program that is child-centered and based on their interests.

  • Care that is dedicated to the child’s social and emotional well-being as the foundation for healthy development.

  • An environment that encourages children to be active and creative learners.

  • A program that embraces the uniqueness of each child and strives to work with families to enhance the total development of the child.


CMDN is a quality early childhood education and care program that has achieved accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 1996. We are recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services as a Step Four “Program of Quality,” the highest level on Maine’s “Quality for ME” quality rating and improvement system. Parents receive a double state tax credit for their childcare expenses because the CMDN has achieved this level of best practice standards.


Since 2010, CMDN has collaborated with Portland Public Schools (PPS) for a public pre-kindergarten classroom that is located at Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) at 196 Allen Avenue, through their Early Childhood Occupations program. This program serves 13 four-year olds who are enrolled through Portland Public Schools’ on-line lottery, which is done in February each year. Three slots are reserved for three-year olds and families purchase these spots on a Tuesday-Thursday or Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule. Families of the three year-olds pay tuition to CMDN and receive priority enrollment for Public Pre-K for the next academic year. This program follows the PPS’s academic schedule and runs from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. daily.

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