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Over the years, the services provided for deaf and hard of hearing children throughout the state of Maine expanded.  To better reflect this and our mission, we became The Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in 2005.

Today our programs include:

GOVERNOR BAXTER SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF consisting of our preschool on Mackworth Island with an extended kindergarten through twelfth grade programs within Portland Public Schools.  All of these programs are open to deaf and hard of hearing students, regardless of their chosen communication modality.  They are staffed by a combination of deaf/hard of hearing and hearing, highly qualified personnel who provide instruction in accordance with Individualized Education Plans and the Common Core.

Our STATEWIDE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES department is comprised of two programs:

  • Early Childhood and Family Services (ECFS) which provides early intervention to Maine’s newborns, infants and young children with hearing loss in collaboration with Child Development Services and;
  • Public School Outreach (PSO) which offers support, consultation and professional expertise to School Administrative Units throughout the state that provide educational services for school-aged children with hearing loss.

Our professional staff is uniquely trained and qualified to provide specialized programs, services and support to Maine’s children and adolescents who are deaf and hard of hearing, their families and the professionals serving them.  Our programs and services are available to newborns as young as two weeks of age (and their families) through high school students as they prepare to transition to post-secondary education and/or a career path.  We are committed to high quality programs and services covering the communication continuum utilizing American Sign Language, Cued Speech, spoken language/English, and other communication modalities that families choose for their deaf/hard of hearing child.  Furthermore, we work closely with medical professionals as families determine the efficacy of a cochlear implant for their child and as consultants and educators for children with cochlear implants and their families.  Our satellite offices in Bangor and Caribou enable us to provide the same professional services to all counties in Maine.


Thank you for taking the time to review our website and become more familiar with our wide range of services.  We encourage you to contact us at any time if you have any questions.  We are happy to respond. It is important to remember that strong and open professional partnerships will empower deaf and hard of hearing children and their families.  We look forward to working with you on their behalf.


My email address is: I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Executive Director