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Meet Our Management

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Ganan Mancini

Owner / Director

Alexa Samay

Assistant Director

Hello, my name is Ganan Mancini, and I am the proud owner of Kids & Co. Childcare Center. Growing up just 20 minutes away from Turner, in Auburn, Maine, I developed a deep passion for working with children. After working at a childcare center for seven years and obtaining a degree in Early Childhood Education from Central Maine Community College, I realized that this was where my heart lies, and I wanted to make a difference in the lives of young children.

As the owner of Kids & Co. Childcare Center, my goal is to create a nurturing, safe, and stimulating environment where children can grow and learn. I believe in providing individualized attention to each child, helping them to develop a sense of confidence and independence that will serve them well throughout their lives.

My experience working with children has taught me the importance of communication and collaboration with parents and caregivers. I understand the challenges that come with balancing work and family life, and I am committed to working with you to provide the best possible care for your child.

I am honored to have this opportunity, and I look forward to getting to know each of you and building a strong relationship with your family. Thank you for entrusting me with your child's care, and I am excited to be a part of their journey.

"Whatever you do, do with integrity.

Wherever you go, go as a leader.

Whomever you serve, serve with caring.

Whenever you dream, dream with your all.

And never, ever give up"

- Carlson Credo

Toys

Hello there! I go by the name Ali, although my full name is Alexa Samay. I grew up in Turner and currently still reside there. I have over 12 years of childcare experience, 8 of which were at Lever's Daycare in Lewiston and the remaining 4 years at Margret Murphy Center in Auburn. I have a 6-year-old daughter named Viera who I love to spend time with. Despite her cerebral palsy, we don't let that stop us from enjoying everyday activities like beach trips, visits to the jump park, and dance parties.

As a parent of a child with special needs, I understand the challenges of finding suitable daycare options. Therefore, my new mission is to make this process easier for other parents facing similar situations. I originally got into childcare because I love seeing children learn and grow. Witnessing their progress, such as singing their ABC's, identifying colors, recognizing letters and numbers, or spelling their name is an incredibly rewarding feeling. I'm thrilled to start this new journey and help children develop and thrive!

Infant Team

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Eliza 

Lead Infant Teacher

Hello! I'm Eliza Bellegarde. I'm studying Early Childhood Education at CMCC and have over 5 years of experience in childcare. Starting in the school-age room, I discovered my passion for working with infants and toddlers. Now, as the head teacher in the infant room for over a year, I love watching babies develop motor skills and creating a safe, interactive environment. Excited to continue my education and build more relationships with children and families!

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Ashley

Assistant Infant Teacher

I spent my formative years in Turner but currently reside in Minot. Growing up, I was an only child raised by my mother. Even after I exceeded the daycare age, I continued to spend time with younger kids at the family-owned daycare next door. During high school, I enrolled in the early childhood development program at the Lewiston Regional Technical Center which helped me gain experience in a childcare setting. After finishing my childhood development program, I volunteered at the LRTC summer camp, providing support to school-age children with behavioral difficulties. The most rewarding aspect of my work is witnessing how our teachers positively impact each child's life and receiving gratitude from parents for entrusting their children to our daycare.

Toddler Team

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Christine

Lead  Toddler Teacher

Hello, my name is Christine. I started my educational journey by babysitting children in the neighborhood and foster children for family members. My greatest experience was gained by rasing three children of my own. Throughout the 26 years of my professional career, I have worked at multiple childcare centers in Turner and surrounding areas. Along with my experience, I have also obtained my associate's degree from the University of Maine at Augusta and have logged 400+ hours of training through Maine Roads to Quality. My current goals for my classroom are to improve my skills to help children develop and work with families as a team to make a positive learning experience where children can flourish.

Jessica

Assistant Toddler Teacher

My name is Jessica and I just graduated from the University of Maine this year with a degree in Elementary Education. I started working with children about seven years ago and I have loved it ever since and I hope to continue for many years to come. I have three years of early childhood education on top of my degree. I have worked with various ages of children spanning from infants to middle schools and have found that toddlers is my favorite age group to work with. I love being able to witness and be a part of the children’s growth in their day to day lives. Working with the toddlers at Kids & Co has brought me so much joy and I’m excited to continue this journey!

Pre-K Team

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Skye

Lead Pre - K Teacher

Hey, I'm Skye, and I'm excited to tell you a little bit about myself. My journey to becoming the lead Pre-K teacher at Kids & Co. Childcare Center started at my family's childcare center in Lewiston. Working there for many years made me realize my passion for working with children. As the lead Pre-K teacher, I like to set two goals for the year. First, I want to help the kids in our care become better at communicating with each other, fostering connections and teamwork. Second, I'm on a journey to become more organized and punctual myself, leading by example for the children to see. I truly believe that working with children is my purpose, and I'm dedicated to making a positive impact in their lives.

Marley

Assistant Pre - K Teacher

Hello, my name is Marley and I have always had a strong passion for working with kids. Finding joy in their laughter, curiosity, and growth has always been one of my favorite parts. Being a part of their journey allows me to be creative, patient, and empathetic as they are guided through various challenges and to help them discover their unique strengths and talents. 

School Age Team

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Kia

School Age Teacher

Hello, my name is Ganan Mancini, and I am the proud owner of Kids & Co. Childcare Center. Growing up just 20 minutes away from Turner, in Auburn, Maine, I developed a deep passion for working with children. After working at a childcare center for seven years and obtaining a degree in Early Childhood Education from Central Maine Community College, I realized that this was where my heart lies, and I wanted to make a difference in the lives of young children.

Alicia

School Age Teacher

Hello, my name is Ganan Mancini, and I am the proud owner of Kids & Co. Childcare Center. Growing up just 20 minutes away from Turner, in Auburn, Maine, I developed a deep passion for working with children. After working at a childcare center for seven years and obtaining a degree in Early Childhood Education from Central Maine Community College, I realized that this was where my heart lies, and I wanted to make a difference in the lives of young children.

"Float" Team

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Sheri

Float Teacher

I've always cherished children for the simple joys they bring to life. My experience includes babysitting, a CNA course leading to work at Montello Manor and St. Mary’s NICU. I've assisted at the Social Learning Center, worked on Psychiatric Units for almost 20 years, and spent 6 years at the Outpatient Children’s Unit until the pandemic led me to Kids & Company Childcare Center. Working with children provides countless teachable moments. I prioritize their safety while maintaining a fun and structured environment. Understanding their preferences, strengths, and unique qualities allows me to nurture their individuality. My ongoing goal is to enhance my skills to better support children and witness their growth into successful individuals by embracing their authentic selves.

Kerrigan

Float Teacher

Hello, my name is Ganan Mancini, and I am the proud owner of Kids & Co. Childcare Center. Growing up just 20 minutes away from Turner, in Auburn, Maine, I developed a deep passion for working with children. After working at a childcare center for seven years and obtaining a degree in Early Childhood Education from Central Maine Community College, I realized that this was where my heart lies, and I wanted to make a difference in the lives of young children.

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Meagan

Float Teacher

Hello, my name is Ganan Mancini, and I am the proud owner of Kids & Co. Childcare Center. Growing up just 20 minutes away from Turner, in Auburn, Maine, I developed a deep passion for working with children. After working at a childcare center for seven years and obtaining a degree in Early Childhood Education from Central Maine Community College, I realized that this was where my heart lies, and I wanted to make a difference in the lives of young children.

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