WATERVILLE — Care & Comfort and the administrative staff of its Waterville branch recently presented Educare of Maine a check for $3,400 to support their program that prepares primarily low-income children to enter kindergarten engaged, healthy and socially/emotionally ready to succeed.

Accepting the gift was Rhonda Keiser, Educare’s central Maine site manager, who provided an overview of the center that partners with the Waterville Public Schools, Kennebec Valley Community Action Program Early/Head Start, the philanthropic community and families to ensure school readiness for children birth to age five.