Cultivate A Successful Start

With The Academic And Social-Emotional Skills They Need To Succeed

Preschool & Daycare Center Serving Lewiston, ME

Cultivate A Successful Start

Children Enter School With The Academic And Social-Emotional Skills They Need To Succeed

The Unique LEARN Curriculum For Well-Rounded Development

Your child develops at their own pace with LEARN, a curriculum designed to develop academic and social-emotional skills for life. Through themed activities, discovery, and fun, your child gets the best start possible with the support of teachers who address their individual needs and steer them to the next natural step in their learning.

Comprehensive Preparation For Kindergarten Readiness

Your child enters school with the tools they need for success. Besides a strong academic foundation, including math and literacy, your child builds daily self-help skills like dressing, participation, tidying, and self-reliance, which will serve them in the future.

A Natural Playground For Imaginative Play

Your child has more than 5,000 square feet of play space to explore, with trees, climbable structures, and gardens to tend. As they run, jump, climb, and discover, they build their strength, motor skills, confidence, and creativity.
Age of Classroom PA's Maximum STATE'S
Maximum
At Or Below
State Maximum
6 weeks - 1 Year
8 Students
8 Students
1 - 2 Years
10 Students
12 Students
2 - 3 Years
10 Students
12 Students
Younger 3's
17 Students
21 Students
Older 3's
20 Students
24 Students
Pre-K/4's
10 Students
24 Students
School Age
26 Students
No Maximum Of Students

Small Class Sizes For Personalized Learning

Children thrive in learning groups either at or below the state-approved guidelines for class sizes, as shown here. Your child gets more individual attention to ensure they get the support they need in a small class.

Safety Measures For Your Peace Of Mind

Your child’s security is our top priority. Rest assured, they’re in safe hands with strict access controls at all entrances, tall privacy fences to protect the yard from street visibility, internal-use cameras, and biometric check-in.

The Procare Engage© App Will Keep You Up To Date

Get daily direct updates from your child’s teacher through an easy-to-use app. Stay in the loop on diapers, bottles, naps, meals, and activities, and get pictures, videos, reminders, and school news all in one place.

An Open-Door Policy And Strong Parent Partnerships

Feel part of a collaborative community with an open-door policy, where you’re welcome at family celebrations and events. In an open concept Academy, students get comfortable with all the teachers in our program, and you feel included.

Home-Style Meals For Healthy Learners

Your child enjoys a nutrient-rich lunch and afternoon snack every day to stay happy and energized. According to the Federal Food Program Guidelines, our on-site cook prepares the 12-week rotating menu and focuses on fruits and vegetables.

Family-Owned With Love For Shared Family Values

Enjoy direct communication with hands-on owners Chantel and Zack Pettengill, who understand what it means to be a working parent in these times. Since opening Pettengill Academy in 2012, they’ve emphasized family relationships.

Proud To Be Recognized For Our Eco-Friendliness

Trust your child’s future with the preschool honored with The Cool Chamber Award by the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce for focus on environmental stewardship.

Quality Acknowledged By The State Of Maine

Enjoy confidence and peace of mind as your child learns and grows in a preschool that’s part of the State-rated program, Quality For ME. Our Step 3 rating proves our commitment to excellence.

Proud To Accept State-Funded Families For Quality Subsidized Childcare

Quality And Eco-Friendly Accredited At The Highest Level

FAQs

Two curricula ensure your child receives a well-rounded early education. Frogstreet© is a high-quality and research-based program. LEARN was developed by our owner and Director Chantel Pettengill, using her many years of curriculum creation in the public school system. The combination offers adaptability and flexibility so teachers can plan for each student as an individual. Our blended learning program focuses on academic and social-emotional development and equips your child for kindergarten with practical, critical thinking skills.
6.45 am to 5.30 pm
  • INFANT (6 weeks – 12 months)
  • TODDLER (1-2 years)
  • PRESCHOOL (Early preschool: 2-3 years; Preschool: 3-4 years)
  • PRE-K (4-5 years)
Yes, we’re proud to welcome cloth diapers as part of our commitment to sustainability.
We’d love to see you at celebrations like our Mother’s Day teas, Father’s Day desserts, and Halloween and Christmas parties.

Hear What Parents Have To Say...

"Our daughter (13 months old) loves Pettengill Academy! Highly recommended!"
"Our daughter (13 months old) loves Pettengill Academy! Highly recommended!"
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All the staff clearly know the kids well and care for them like they are all a part of a big family. The communication is excellent even when we all have to take extra precautions and distance in the pandemic. We trust that she is safe and happy and thriving in her care - we get regular updates through the app!

- Katherine Johnston

"I was so happy that someone recommended Pettengill Academy to me!"
"I was so happy that someone recommended Pettengill Academy to me!"
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I love them so much that they were one of the first people I told when I was pregnant with my second child as I couldn't imagine sending my kids anywhere else. I could never thank them enough for the care they provide my boys and I won't know what to do when my kids are old enough for school and leave them.

- Jennifer Lane

"We enjoy the app they use to relay day to day for our kiddo"
"We enjoy the app they use to relay day to day for our kiddo"
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Our son has gained so many skills, social and academic. We enjoy the app they use to relay day to day for our kiddo - from what he’s eating, his mood, and pictures! The owners are responsive to our sons needs and ours as parents. Our son is excited everyday we drop him off and it’s a breath of fresh air.

- Jordan Holmes

"The Montessori style is very beneficial to young children. Highly recommend this school!"
"The Montessori style is very beneficial to young children. Highly recommend this school!"
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I'm very pleased with the environment they provide for children. She is infinitely happier and thrives in big group dynamics, which they provide. The communication is excellent between you, the director and the teacher, regardless of COVID 19. I also really applaud their efforts of teaching. Highly recommend this school!

- Hannah Toye

"I do highly recommend Pettengill Academy for anyone new joining!"
"I do highly recommend Pettengill Academy for anyone new joining!"
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My son was at a previous day care, and he would come home with bite marks on his arms, and scratches on his face, and it seemed like nothing was being done about it. I feel I don't have to worry about this now. They post what they do during the day and have a real good schedule with a healthy lunch they serve.

- Jen Madore

"Each member of the staff is loving, and we work as a team"
"Each member of the staff is loving, and we work as a team"
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With a kind environment and great core values, Pettengill Academy has been a rewarding place to work. When there are issues, management promptly addresses it in a professional yet straightforward manner. Seeing the faces of the bright and wonderful children makes each day one to look forward to.

- Makayla Bonney

"It’s a wonderful place with a system for kids of all ages to grow and develop while having fun!"
"It’s a wonderful place with a system for kids of all ages to grow and develop while having fun!"
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It’s a nice positive professional facility. In terms of growth and development; My kids came home different in a positive outlook their first day. Their Hi Mamma app keeps you up to date throughout the day and can be used to communicate with staff. I feel my girls are in good hands here and they constantly keep progressing.

- Stephen Bennett

"The staff are very friendly and I love the app they use that keeps me updated throughout the day. "
"The staff are very friendly and I love the app they use that keeps me updated throughout the day. "
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I enrolled my daughter into Pettengill Academy two months ago! They even let me bring her in three days early for a few hours to get a feel for it before I had to go back to work, which was very comforting to me. The app also lets me speak to the teachers working with my daughter directly and they're always quick to respond!

- Kristen Brailey

"My family highly recommends Pettengill Academy to anyone and everyone!"
"My family highly recommends Pettengill Academy to anyone and everyone!"
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My husband and I are teachers in the Lewiston community, and we are very selective with the adults we trust to care for our children. Pettengill Academy has been our regular daycare for over three years now, and we are so happy with our experience. We are so happy to be part of the PA family. 🙂

- Brianne Daigle

"She has so much fun, loves all the teachers and can’t wait to go each day!"
"She has so much fun, loves all the teachers and can’t wait to go each day!"
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My daughter has been going here since she was 10 weeks old and I can’t recommend them enough! She has so much fun, loves all the teachers and can’t wait to go each day. They also hardly ever close for weather, which makes it so much easier in the winter when you work for a company that hardly ever closes for weather.

- Aimee Griffith

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How Old Is Your Child?

Infants

6 Wks - 12 Months

Toddlers

1 - 2 Years

Preschool

2 - 4 Years

Pre-K

4 - 5 Years

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Early Years Education