Harbor House Children's Center, the first licensed childcare center on Mount Desert Island, has been serving the families of our Island community since 1985. We provide quality care and early education for children ages 18 months to 5 years, whose parents live or work on MDI.

Whether it is playing with Legos, sharing a story with a cuddly friend or enjoying the fresh air in our large, natural PlayGarden, Harbor House Children’s Center provides a quality early care and education experience that will give your child a combination of guidance and freedom to grow and learn.

Our literacy based program is based on the State of Maine Early Childhood Learning & Infant Toddler Guidelines. We balance structured activities and free play so children can learn in the way they learn best - playing, exploring and having fun. Our goal is to provide the best care, help build a foundation of skills, and nurture a love of learning that will last a lifetime. We pride ourselves in the support we provide families for a successful transition to kindergarten.

Our spacious, light-filled classrooms and natural PlayGarden provide a wonderful learning environment for all ages. Whether creating a finger painting, listening to a story, growing vegetables in our garden or fishing from our child-sized lobster boat, the Children’s Center will nurture your child’s imagination, curiosity and excitement about learning.

Children's Center Staff

Director~Mary Ellen Martel
Toddler Room Teachers ~ Jillian Sanner & Shannon Tracy
Preschool Room Teachers ~ Josh Ingram & Alicia Miller
Pre-K Room Teacher ~ Pam Reed
Teacher's Aides ~ Janet DeBellis & Nikita Seavey
Teacher ~ Crystal Noyes