Safety is always our top priority.
We are a secure facility. Upon enrollment, families will be provided with a numerical code, which will allow access to the building. Only families with children enrolled in the program will be given a code. Once they are no longer enrolled, the code will be deleted.
Hilltop School also has security cameras installed around the property outside as well and in the hallways throughout the school so the facility can be monitored, 24/7. We also have motion detectors installed throughout our building.
All of our staff and teachers have walkie talkies as well as an emergency bag that is carried with them at all times, no matter where they go inside or outside the building. The walkie talkies ensure there is always a way to easily and quickly communicate back and forth.
In addition to the measures listed above, we also work with an officer from Bangor PD to train our staff in emergency preparedness.
Hilltop School utilizes the Procare App for daily communication between staff and families.
With the Procare app, our teachers are able to share photos, videos, their weekly curriculum, daily updates of their activities, how the ate, the length of their nap, etc..
Families are also able to direct message teachers and administration using the app. Families can view their billing account at any time when they log into their child's account, print receipts and download their year end tax form at the end of each year as well.
Announcements are sent through the app as well as monthly newsletters and events to keep you informed on aspects of the program.
At Hilltop School, we believe in giving your child the highest quality of care and that means hiring quality staff who have a background in Early Childhood Education.
All new employees at Hilltop School go through the same interview process and new hire orientation. Each new employee is screened through fingerprinting and background checks via DHHS and Childcare Licensing as required by the State of Maine prior to their first day. At least 3 references are also checked for every candidate.
Hilltop School employs 11 classroom teachers, 3 float teachers, and substitutes. All lead teachers are required to have either a CDA, Associate’s Degree, or Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field. We require all teaching staff to be enrolled in the Maine Roads to Quality program and be at least a level 5. Hilltop School has 3 administrative staff members- an Executive Director, Curriuclum Coordinator, and an Office Coordinator. Hilltop School also employs a morning maintenance coordinator.
All positions must possess the required qualifications through the State of Maine.
All teaching staff and administrative staff are required to hold current certifications in Pediatric and Child First Aid and CPR and participate in an additional 40 hours of professional development per year.
We believe in creating the healthiest environment possible for our staff and families at our program. Hilltop School has a fresh air exchanger system installed throughout the building and in each classroom. This system provides superior ventilation and better air quality. The exchanger continually renews the air by bringing in fresh outside air. Air exchangers also help decrease illnesses.
Children need lots of opportunities for physical activity, both for good health and skill building. The large exercise room provides the space and equipment for children to engage in indoor gross motor activities. Children develop their balance, muscle coordination and spatial awareness as they move over, under and around the equipment. Development of gross motor skills is the beginning of all other skills, including reading, math and language skills.
At Hilltop School, we spend a lot of time incorporating Nature Based Education within our everyday curriculum.
The nature-based playground offers children a chance to connect with the natural world and provides endless opportunities for creativity and imagination. This area offers a group meeting area, large digging area, a mud kitchen, a play boat, an outdoor block building area, a footbridge, leveled stumps for climbing, a natural balance beam, a rock path. An outdoor music area and a water wall will be added soon.
The large wooded area offers children the opportunity to explore and learn within their natural environment. Activities in this area may include but are not limited to:
Jumping in leaves
Climb small trees
Touching tree trunks
Nature material collection
Using magnifying glasses to find bugs
Lifting rocks to inspect what’s underneath
There is time scheduled every week for classes to visit the imagination station. The Imagination Station offers the choice of many different activities. Children may choose to play with the dollhouse and tabletop train set, as well as other exciting activities such as block building, acting out a story with the puppet theatre, or playing in the pretend market. A large chalkboard is also available for children to practice their writing. Imagination station activities are periodically changed to keep the area new and exciting.
Our playground offers swings, slides, tunnels, bridges, and a corkscrew. Items are also added surrounded the playground area to make the space more engaging for children.
218 Ohio St.Bangor, ME 04401US
Hilltop School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is governed by a Board of Managers.
Hilltop School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, marital status, sexual preference, disability, or national origin.
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