Child Development Center

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The Child Development Services system is an Intermediate Educational Unit that provides both Early Intervention (birth through two years) and Free Appropriate Public Education (for ages three through five years) under the supervision of the Maine Department of Education. The CDS system ensures the provision of special education rules, federal and state regulations statewide, through a network of regional sites.

CDS consists of nine regional sites and a state office. The state CDS office maintains a central data management system, system-wide policies and procedures, and provides centralized fiscal services for regional CDS sites.

Regional CDS sites provide case management and direct instruction for families with children from birth through age five. Each site conducts Child Find, which is the process of identifying children with disabilities. Screenings and evaluations are provided in order to identify children who are eligible for services. Regional CDS sites arrange for local services that include early intervention and special education and related services.

Child Development Services

Shining Star CDC works closely with Child Development Services for families who's child is receiving or may need to receive services through them. We make sure to provide families with any contact information they need to set up appointments and to help facilitaite any sevices or meetings needed. Please Visiit the CDS link for more info.

Parents who have children under the age of 5 are sometimes frustrated by the challenges they face when dealing with some of the typical behaviors seen with that age group.

 It's also not uncommon for childcare centers to experience some of the same frustrations and challenges.

We often meet parents after a negative experience with a previous center and know how disheartening it can be for them and understand they are looking for answers.

Challenging Behaviors in Children Under Five 

At Shining Star CDC, we are fortunate to have a great staff who understand how a classroom, an approach, style or method of teaching can impact a child's behavior. They're also well versed in early childhood development and have a willingness to try new ideas with a child who may be struggling with some of the behavior issues that are commonly seen in children today and at times are simple stages in their development.. 



Biting, A Normal Developmental Child Behavior

Biting is a normal part of childhood development. It can be upsetting for the parent of a child who is bitten while in daycare. It is also just as upsetting for the parents of the biter. While teachers work very hard to prevent biting in their classrooms, sometimes, it can not be avoided. 

Young children bite for various reasons ~ from teething to seeing what reaction it will provoke.

A typical age range for biting is between 1 and 3 years old. 

Many children will go through a biting phase at some point Fortunately, most toddlers bite because they are teething. We also see biting when a child is not able to communicate verbally yet. 


One of the things we do at Shining Star CDC is to teach some basic words in sign language. We have found this very helpful because once a toddler has a way to express themselves and have their needs met, the biting phase ends. 


The most important thing for parents to remember is that the biting phase will pass, and that working with your child's teacher and implementing a plan of action together is an important part of ending the behavior quickly. 


Click here for easy baby sign language words to implement at home if you have a toddler going through a biting phase. 





We Work With Child Development Services of Maine