Fundraiser 2021: Our Backyard Halloween Party was a smashing success! THANK YOU to all who came and supported our school.

A Description of our School:

  • Our aim at Mount Desert Nursery School is to provide a high quality, integrated early education and childcare service.
  • We care for children ages 2½ to school age whose families live or work in the Town of Mount Desert, Bar Harbor, Trenton, Southwest Harbor, Tremont and surrounding communities in Hancock County.
  • We provide a rich, developmentally appropriate curriculum in a fun, safe and caring environment.
  • Our program encourages and assists children to increase independence, develop self-confidence, relate respectfully with people and promotes a growing awareness of their world. Independent daily living skills focus on physical coordination and growth, emotional expression and communication, social interactions and group participation.
  • Our daily schedule includes a balance of play and rest, indoor and outdoor time and activities led by teachers and those chosen by children.

Enrollment Open!

Please fill out the form below to begin the enrollment process. 
If you filled out this form out any time between June 2021 and now, please resubmit your information. 
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Schedule Choices

We are a unique-two program facility. We offer a half day schedule until 1:00 p.m. or a full day schedule available until 4:00 p.m.  

Each program includes an early education curriculum and interactive environment.


Enrollment Requirements

  • Must be 30 months to 5 years old.
  • Fully toilet-trained. No "pull-ups", please.
  • Minimum schedule of 3 days per week.


Mount Desert Nursery School is looking for substitute teachers to fill in for shifts throughout the school year with the potential to become a part- and/or full-time employee. 

Our full days are an eight-hour shift with children 2 ½ years old to school age. 

As a licensed childcare provider, we require all employees to undergo a background check through fingerprinting. If you work with the school district, or have in the last five years, this information is already registered with the state. 

Shifts can be for a full day or part of the day. Full day pay is $120/day and for partial shifts we pay $15/hour.

Please email Executive Director Sarah Hinckley at or call (207) 276-5563 to find out more.