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Skowhegan Behavioral Support Program

Children’s Center Early Intervention and Family Support

Application Summary:

The program in Skowhegan supports children in Somerset County; there is a great need for the specialized child care and education; and the Children’s Center is the only program of it’s kind in the area. Some children are coming to the center from almost an hour away because of the rural geographic area. Currently the Children’s Center receives referrals from organizations such as: Child Development Services, KVCAP, foster parents, and pediatricians. Children come to the center at the ages of a few months old up to kindergarten, with the hopes of getting the children into the center as early as possible so that they can develop strong skills and be introduced back to general education. The Children’s Center believes that the earlier a child is able to receive this specialized education and skill work such as occupational therapy and one on one child development education, the better chance that child will have for success in their future education.

Site Visit/Phone Conversation Notes:

The Center can service 10 children at a time, currently servicing 8 children. Each child has a one on one specialized professional who provides care and education. There is also a licensed clinical social worker on site for overview of the care given. It can be very difficult to find consistent employees and compete with salaries.

Program Strengths:

only program of its kind in Somerset County/ greater Skowhegan Area, requires minimum of bachelor’s degree level education for people working with the children

Program Weaknesses:

Relies on volunteer KVCAP drivers and parental transportation – this creates issues if drivers aren’t available, and children can’t get to program, This program is not funded for a food program: responsibility for lunch and snack is on families to provide

Focus Area:

Molly Woodward agrees that this program aligns with Education, as indicated on the application.

This program has requested $5000.

Molly Woodward’s Recommendation: Definitely Fund for $5000

Recommendations and Comments


Definitely Fund = No question, UWMM should fund this program.
Maybe Fund = I think UWMM should fund this program, but I have outstanding questions.
Maybe Don’t Fund = I don’t think UWMM should fund this program, because I have outstanding concerns.
Don’t Fund = UWMM should not fund this program.

Rick Dorian

Definitely Fund

This is an essential early intervention program.

Cheryl Flewelling

Maybe Fund

Good program but serves only 10 children. Partially fund

Robert Dahlgren

Maybe Fund

Generally, these appear to be services that are not otherwise available in Somerset, and meet specific focus areas for UWMM. Questions are about sustainability if there are dependencies on transportation, staffing. Also unclear whether this program serves only 10 clients in total or if there are 10 spots per period (day/week/month/year)? No clear measurements in place to help measure impact or outcomes of program.

George Coleman

Definitely Fund


Jackie Dalton

Definitely Fund

Early intervention is so important and they are really working at improving number of children helped – would hope to fully fund, but may need to partially fund due to UW tight budget.

Susan Roy

Maybe Fund

I would like to know more about the 10 spots.

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