Maple Hill Early Learning Center moves to Cumberland

Maple Hill Early Learning Center moves to Cumberland

Maple Hill Early Learning Center owners and teachers Carole Darrah, left, and Elaine Remillard stand in the classroom of the school's new location at the St. Joan of Arc Church School building on Mendon Road in Cumberland. Founded in Lincoln in 2005, the school for children ages 3 through 6 offers childcare, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten services. (VALLEY BREEZE PHOTO BY MEGHAN KAVANAUGH)

CUMBERLAND - In a move that provides more space and a larger playground, Maple Hill Early Learning Center has relocated from Lonsdale Avenue in Lincoln to the first floor of the St. Joan of Arc Church school building at 3357 Mendon Road in Cumberland Hill.

The school for children ages 3 through 6 opened in 2005 under the direction of Elaine Remillard, of Lincoln. In the move to Cumberland this month, North Attleboro, Mass., resident Carole Darrah, who has been with the school since its inception, became a co-owner.

Remillard and Darrah have taught together for more than 25 years. They are two of the five teachers at the school, providing early learning services, including pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.

"We're really dedicated to a quality program," Remillard said, adding that in 2009, Maple Hill was the first school in the state to receive the top five-star rating from BrightStars, a rating system for Rhode Island child care programs. "We really couldn't achieve a five-star rating at the other center."

The school has since gone down to a four-star rating because of space constraints, she explained, so they decided it was time to make a move.

"We can clearly do this again," Remillard said.

The new Cumberland location has more spacious classrooms, a larger outdoor playground and a new gross motor skills area, where children can ride bikes and play ball indoors on rainy days.

Class sizes have remained at approximately 15 students, Remillard said, in order to most utilize the new space, which occupies the entire first floor of the building, save for one classroom used by the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative.

The needs of the students guide lessons, Darrah said, with this current group of children focusing a lot on fine motor skills.

"We really focus on helping students to be responsible," she said.

The school is licensed for 36 children, and currently has space available for both full-time and part-time enrollment.

Maple Hill Early Learning Center is open year-round on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children can attend part-time on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or Tuesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to either 1 or 3 p.m.

An open house is planned for Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The school will also have a pumpkin pounding table at the Phantom Farms Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12.

For more information, email elaine@maplehillelc.com or carole@maplehillelc.com , or call 401-405-0556 or 401-475-6644.