The Early Childhood Department at UMF is home to four high-quality children’s programs which offer the opportunity for university students to learn from classroom experiences throughout their educational careers. In addition, the children’s programs serve as a site for course assignments and university-led research projects involving students and faculty from several campus departments.
The Sweatt-Winter Early Care and Education Center
The Sweatt-Winter Early Care and Education Program has provided full time care and education to children
in Franklin County and the surrounding areas for 30 years. Accredited by the National Association for
the Education of Young Children, Sweatt-Winter offers a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for
children ages 3-8. A preschool program for ages 3-5 and a before-and-after school program for ages 5-
8 are available. Sweatt-Winter has the dual purpose of providing a model child care program for area
preschool and school-age children and of serving as a training site for early childhood students. UMF
students participate in practicums and internships from the beginning of their careers at UMF through senior
internships and special projects. Students gain experience in planning using an emergent curriculum model.
The Center is located in UMF’s Ricker Addition. The hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through
Friday, 50 weeks yearly. For more information about Sweatt-Winter Early Care and Education program,
please contact the center at (207) 778-7480.
The UMF Preschool
The UMF Preschool is a half day, play-based, early educational experience based on developmentally
appropriate practice. Curriculum is linked to the Early Learning Guidelines. The program operates Tuesday,
Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. during the school year. The program
serves as a lab setting for UMF students, where best teaching practices are taught and demonstrated by on-
site UMF faculty instructors. The program is located in UMF’s Ricker Addition. For more information about
the Half Day Preschool please call (207) 778-7480.
The UMF/RSU9 Public Pre-K Collaboration
The UMF/RSU9 Public Pre-K Collaboration operates in the W.G Mallett School and serves 64 eligible 4-year-olds from the Mallett School Catchment area. Begun as a two-year pilot on the UMF campus in fall 2009, the program moved to the new W.G. Mallett School when construction was completed in the fall of 2011. The collaboration involves UMF, RSU9, and Child Development Services. This innovative program allows UMF early childhood students and early childhood special education students the opportunity to work as practicum students and interns in a public school-based pre-kindergarten program. The program follows the public school calendar and children attend 2 full days (9:00-3:00) per week. The sessions run Mondays/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday. For more information on UMF student involvement, please contact, Erika Neal at email@example.com. For information about enrolling children, contact RSU9.
The UMF Infant-Toddler Playgroup
The UMF Infant-Toddler Playgroup provides parents, caregivers, and young children (birth through age 3)
an opportunity to socialize in a safe, educationally stimulating environment. Parents and caregivers have
the opportunity to observe and interact with their children in a different environment while developing new
friendships. Early Childhood students gain valuable teaching experience as they plan and implement the
playgroups with expert faculty assistance. The Infant-Toddler Playgroups meet in a specially designed
classroom at the McGuire Street Center. For more information about the Infant-Toddler Playgroups, please
contact Dr. Tracy Collins, Program Director (207-778-7021, firstname.lastname@example.org).