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658 Main Street,
Gorham, Maine 04038

7:00am
to 5:30pm

t:(207) 591 5085
e:michelle@cradleinn.com

Karen Flannery Owner/operator of Cradle Inn has had an extensive background in early childhood development beginning in 1986.  In addition to raising 4 children of her own, many times without the assistance of her husband who served as an Officer of Marines and was on orders much of that time. Karen worked as an EdTech in several different Department of Defense School Systems from 1988 to 1997.

After settling in Maine in 1997, she worked as a manager for a daycare. In January 2000, Cradle Inn Daycare was born as an in-home daycare. It did not take long for the daycare to be working at State allowed capacity of 12 children.

The staff at Cradle Inn Daycare has over 40 years experience in Early Childhood Development programs, basic childcare, health, safety and comfort for children. Every provider is personally vetted by Karen with background checks, personal interviews, and extensive research in each individual’s work experience and history.  There is a Registered Nurse on call 24/7.

All staff members are required to attend 30 hours of intensive Childcare Development training annually. Each member of the staff is fully qualified in CPR/first aid for infants and children.

 


Karen Flannery
Owner

What is your background in childcare?

I worked with First Grade Students as an ED Tech in a private, Christian school in Okinawa, Japan from 1988 to 1994. Upon returning to the U. S., I continued my assistant teaching career working with special needs children at the High School level until 1997.  I continued my work with special needs children when I settled in Maine in 1997; working with the Spurwink school system at the High School level.  I started my In-Home daycare in 2000 and began Cradle Inn Daycare Center in 2013.

Why do you like working with children?

I believe that children are our most important resource and deserve the very best opportunities to develop their natural skills.  It is very rewarding to see how proud a child is of themselves when they realize they remember or accomplish a task they are learning. Also, it is so warming and a great joy when a child says “I love you” and gives you a hug.

What are some of your other interest/hobbies?

I like to fish, hunt partridge, garden, read and truly enjoy “boot camp” (exercising).  I also love golf and being with my family.

Michelle Cline
DIRECTOR/TEACHER

Michelle has been involved with childcare since her high school years working in her Mom’s in-home daycare.  After graduating from high school, Michelle received her Associates degree in Business Management and worked in various jobs for the next few years.  She had a baby girl in 2010 and continued to work with the in-home daycare.  She attended The Florida Institute of Ultrasound in Pensacola, Florida in 2016, where she studied and graduated with a Certificate in Sonorgaphy.

Upon her return to Maine in 2017, Michelle and Bella began attending and working at Cradle Inn Daycare as the Assistant Director.  She became the Director of the Daycare in early 2020.  She continues to improve herself in the Early Childhood Education field as she completes at least 30 credit hours each year in various topics of childhood behavior, daycare operations, personnel and business management.

 

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND IN CHILDCARE?

I started working with children when I was old enough to babysit.  I have been a Nanny for a few families and worked in daycare centers as well as an in home daycare.  I am also a mother to a 7 year old daughter.

 

WHY DO YOU LIKE WORKING WITH CHILDREN?

Children are a joy to work with.  Watching them grow into their own little selves is my favorite.  There are always snuggles throughout the day.

 

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR OTHER INTERESTS AND HOBBIES?

Fishing, taking Bella to dance, soccer and swimming.  Reading

Catie Mckeen
Teacher

What is you background in childcare?

I have a niece and nephew that I love being around and that made me realize that I love working with children. I plan on furthering my education in early childhood development.

Why do you like working in childcare?

I like working with children because it is a fun and rewarding job. I love knowing that I have a positive impact on the kids.

What are some of your other interest/hobbies?

I love being active! Hiking, fishing, and snowmobiling are a few of my favorites hobbies. I love being with family.

Robin Sands
Teacher

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND IN CHILDCARE?

Over my life, I have done lots of babysitting.  I love kids, and after moving to Maine, I finally got my chance to work in childcare.  I have worked in childcare since 2006.

WHY TO YOU LIKE WORKING WITH CHILDREN?

Working with children reminds me how amazing life can be.  I love seeing things from their eyes.  It makes me a happier and more positive person every day.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR OTHER INTERESTS/HOBBIES?

Cooking, reading, making homemade cards and walks on the beach.

Valerie Grant
Teacher

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND IN CHILDCARE? 

I have 2 boys of my own.  I have two awesome grandsons.  I take care of my Intellectually disabled brother.  I’m also a DSP.  I have always been around children – helped bring up 2 of my nieces and nephew.

WHY DO YOU LIKE WORKING WITH CHILDREN?

They are amazing little people, they say and do the most amazing things and they make me feel young at heart.  I like the feeling at the end of the day knowing I helped take care of these little ones and helped keep them safe.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR OTHER INTERESTS/HOBBIES?

Reading, fair wheeling, fishing and racing.

 

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