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Welcome Packet

A Joyful Noise Preschool and Childcare

Nurturing Your Child, Supporting Your Family


Thank you for requesting information about A Joyful Noise Preschool and Childcare Center. We are thrilled you are looking for the best early childhood education opportunity for your family! We have included some information about our program and services we provide in this welcome packet. You can also find lots of information on our website:

Please do not hesitate to give us a call with any questions,


Also, if you haven’t scheduled a tour, give us a call ASAP so we can set up an appointment for you to come see our facility! We know you’re going to love it. 


Rachel C., Rachel S. and Kristin


Rachel Chaisson 


Rachel started as a teacher in the one and only A Joyful Noise classroom in 2010, soon became the Director and then purchased the program in 2015.

Rachel Stinson

Assistant Director

Rachel S. AKA “Baby Rachel” started as ourbaby whisper in the York Street school’sinfant room, but soon became the heart andsoul of our little schools.

Kristin Molleur

Assistant Director

Kristin rocked our Junior Kindergarten program forseveral years, elevating our quality beyond our wildestdreams and now she’s raising the standards of all ourclassrooms in her role as assistant director.

Meet more staff!

Our Classes


0-12 months 
Ratio 1:4


12-18 months
Ratio 1:5


18-36 mos 

ratio 1:7


3-5 Years

ratio 1:8

The KT CONNECT Parent App

Connecting families to their child’s experience! Kangaroo Time

  • parent engagement
  • automated billing at your fingertips
  • pictures of your child’s day
  • message with your child’s teacher
  • reports, events and schedules

What’s Special About A Joyful Noise?

  • Family Yoga
  • Annual Art Walk
  • Fall Open House
  • Parent/TeacherConferences
  • Individualized Learning Plans
  • Summer Fun Festivals
  • Preschool GraduationAt Wallingford Farm 
  • community playgroups
  • Classroom teachers Minimum National CDA 
  • Use of Maine Early Learning Guidelines


Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

We’re excited to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about enrolling your child in our childcare center. Our commitment to exceptional care and early childhood education sets us apart, and we understand that you have important questions. Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions by parents:

1. What age groups do you accommodate at your childcare center?

Our childcare center caters to children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years.

2. What are your operating hours?

We are open Monday to Friday from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM, excluding major holidays or vacations.

3. Is your childcare center licensed?

Yes, we are fully licensed by the appropriate regulatory authorities, and we strive tomaintain the highest standards of care.

4. What qualifications do your caregivers and staff have?

Our caregivers are qualified professionals with backgrounds in early childhood education.They are experienced, CPR/First Aid certified, and undergo regular training to enhance their skills.

5. How do you ensure the safety of the children?

Safety is our top priority. We have strict security measures in place, including controlled access to the facility, thorough background checks for all staff, and regular safety drills.

6. What is your curriculum like?

Our curriculum is designed to foster a love for learning and promote holistic development. It includes age-appropriate activities, play-based learning, arts and crafts, outdoor exploration, and more.

7. Do you provide meals and snacks? 

No, all food the children consume is provided by their parents, with the exception of theoccasional holiday in which you will be informed prior to.

8. How do you handle children with allergies or special dietary requirements?

We take allergies and dietary requirements very seriously. Upon enrollment, we gather all necessary information and work closely with parents to ensure a safe and suitable meal plan for each child.

9. Is there a potty-training program at your childcare center?

Yes, we have a structured and supportive potty-training program. Our caregivers workalongside parents to help children with this transition.

10. How do you communicate with parents about their child’s progress?

We believe in open and regular communication with parents. We provide daily reports on activities, meals and naps. Additionally, we hold parent-teacher conferences and welcome discussions anytime.

11. Do you offer part-time or flexible attendance options?

Yes, we offer both full-time and part-time attendance options to accommodate the varying needs of families.

12. Is there a waiting list for enrollment?

Depending on the demand, there might be a waiting list. We encourage interested parents to contact us for the latest information about availability.

13. Do you organize any extracurricular activities or events?

Yes, we regularly arrange educational and fun extracurricular activities, as well as events that involve parents and the community.

14. What are your tuition fees, and are there any additional costs?

Our tuition fees vary based on the child’s age and attendance schedule.

We hope this FAQ document has addressed your inquiries. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a visit to our childcare center, please feel free to reach out to us. Your child’s well-being and development are our utmost priorities, and we look forward to theopportunity to welcome you and your family into our nurturing and educational environment.

5 Step Enrollment Process

  1. Reach out to A Joyful Noise by email, phone or inquiry submission on website to book tour.
  2. Tour our beautiful schools, come prepared with a list of all your questions, take your time and enjoy your visit.
  3. Enroll your child(ren) ASAP so you do not miss your spot at A Joyful Noise. Go to our website to enroll.
  4. Be sure to fill out all of the important forms prior to your child’s first day at A Joyful Noise and create your Kangaroo Time Account.
  5. Brag to all of your friends that you are now a part of the A Joyful Noise Preschool Family!

Parent Testimonies

Choosing a daycare for your child is an extremely important decision that can be very overwhelming as a parent. Our family recently moved to Kennebunk and heard numerous recommendations for AJN. After doing some research and touring various places, it was clear that AJN was the place for us. Our son has been here for about 6 months and after a quick transition, he absolutely loves going to school. We love everything about AJN – the kind and nurturing teachers, the clean and comforting classrooms, the balance of independent play and structured learning. We are planning to send our other son to AJN as well after having such an incredible experience. Leaving your child for an entire day can be very daunting but since starting at AJN, I feel completely at ease and trust all the wonderful teachers to the fullest. Even when Theo’s teacher is out of others are helping in his classroom, I am completely comfortable because they have all rovided such amazing care. The leadership team has also been incredible, very hands-on with excellent communication, and always striving to improve. We can’t say enough about our love and appreciation for AJN and it’s staff.

Emily, mom of 2, 2023

How we love AJN! My daughter attended last year and my two sons attend this year. AJN goes out of their way to treat my kids with love and compassion. Their play-based curriculum is engaging and fun! The kids spend a ton of time getting fresh air outside, doing art projects, and practicing their kid yoga (which my son loves!) The Teachers are gentle, kind, and love my kids for exactly who they are. I am confident that my kids are loved and safe when we drop them off each day!

Allison, mom of 3, 2023

Having my daughter attend A Joyful Noise has been a wonderful experience, especially as a new parent. When I felt like I had no idea what I was doing! The leadership and teachers are truly present and caring. I was so impressed by AJN’s attention to detail, education planning and curriculum, it’s caring environment (both for children and staff), their support of teachers, and community-mindedness. The center is clean and bright, and every single staff member is friendly and always welcoming. I think it’s particularly significant that on my daughter’s second day of school, not only did her wonderful teachers know her name (the waddler teachers are Mary Poppins come to Life!!!) but because staff often visit the younger classrooms, other staff members knew her too and even called her out by name to say hello. We felt so welcomed and included. Additionally, I upremely appreciate the opportunities for parent/family involvement like the Saturday playgroups, artwalk (YES!!), and other gatherings throughout the year. I’ll close by saying I work in Kennebunk too (convenient for pick up/drop off!) and after my daughter was born, so many community members came up to me and said “Is she going to go to A Joyful Noise?”

Cynthia Walker, Mom, 2023

My son has been attending A Joyful Noise since he started going to daycare and we have had an amazing experience. It can be hard trusing the care of your little one to someone, but we are always confident that our little guy will be well cared for here. The staff is very attentive and frequently updates us and send pictures during the day. The time there is both structured and mixed with lots of play in preparation for Pre-K.

Emily Calvanese, Mom, 2023

We couldn’t recommend a Joyful Noise enough to parents looking for daycare and we feel so grateful fo have found such a wonderful and caring child care home for our son. I use the word “home” over daycare facility or center, as the staff at AJN really do make it feel as close to home as possible for little ones and their parents. As first time parents, the thought of leaving our sweet baby in the care of someone else was daunting. However, the loving teachers at A Joyful Noise quickly put my feelings at ease when I saw how nicely our son was settling in with the support of his teachers and new friends. The reassurance of knowing our child is in such caring and loving hands is truly invaluable as a parent. Teachers also frequently share updates that help me feel that I am still a part of his day from far away. We love seeing the activities they plan for the kids to foster their creative development and growth. Our son has such a wonderful time playing outside on the AJN Playground and the teachers do their best to have the kids enjoy the outdoors and fresh air as much as possible. One thing in particular that appealed to me about AJN was the majority of teachers are also parents, so they truly understand how to care for each child and do so as if they were their own. Attending A Joyful Noise really feels more like being a part of a loving community of teachers and parents who are all truly passionate about caring for children and watching them grown The teachers work hard to create family engagement through events. frequent communications and newsletter updates. Our family absolutely loved the recent Art Walk and it was evident how much time and effort went into celebrating the creativity of the children and showcasing it for parents to enjoy. Finding a childcare that you can trust is an incredibly important decision and we couldn’t recommend A Joyful Noise enough to parents. We feel so fortunate to have found AJN an we so appreciate the big hearts of the staff that help these little ones grow.

Allison, Mom, 2023

More Reviews!

We hope this welcome packet has been helpful. Once again, please reach out if you have any questions about our program.

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