AUGUSTA, Maine — Waterville has been chosen as the pilot community for a $10 million early childhood education center that is being funded through a public-private partnership.
First Lady Karen Baldacci announced the selection Monday.
The Maine Educare center is modeled on a national program and will serve 150 to 200 mostly low-income children from birth to age 5, providing health care and educational services together under one roof. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2010.
Baldacci said the center’s highest priority is to maximize the school-readiness and life success of children who are at risk.
Construction is being paid for through private funding, while the ongoing operating costs will come from federal, state and local funds.