Online early education forum scheduled Tuesday

BLUE HILL — Community Compass, an organization of community members working to break the cycle of poverty on the Blue Hill Peninsula, will resume its bimonthly forums on Tuesday, June 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. via Zoom.

Nicole Chaplin, director of the Head Start Services and Preschool Collaboratives, and Erin Merrill, director of development at Educare in Waterville, will be the virtual guest speakers.

Chaplin and Merrill have been instrumental in organizing and developing satellite Educare-like programs in eight communities in Kennebec and Somerset counties. The pair will speak about those experiences and tell Hancock County educators and residents how they might implement such a program in their community.

Educare is a national program that prepares young children from 6 months to 5 years to be ready to be educated when they enter kindergarten by working with their parents to achieve agreed upon goals for that child.

“We hope to hear from local Head Start and day care providers about their programs for early childhood education in the area,” said Bob Holmberg, Community Compass president. Public input is requested and encouraged.

You may gain access to the forum on ZOOM by using the following link: https//

For more information, email [email protected].