BDN: More Maine children live in poverty, fewer get help. We should expect the opposite.

This post was written by MCA Senior Policy Analyst, Rita Furlow and originally appeared as an editorial in the Bangor Daily News on July 6, 2016. To read the original article, click here. Ensuring Maine’s prosperous future begins with making sure our youngest residents have the opportunities that promote healthy development. Unfortunately, the Bangor Daily… More BDN: More Maine children live in poverty, fewer get help. We should expect the opposite.

Good news for kids – MCA is hiring!

The Maine Children’s Alliance (MCA) is seeking a full-time, two-year grant funded Outreach and Enrollment Specialist. Position Summary: The Outreach and Enrollment Specialist provides a high level of coordination, organizational support, training, education and customer service for the Connecting Maine Kids to Coverage Project., a multi-organizational initiative led by Consumers for Affordable Health Care (CAHC).… More Good news for kids – MCA is hiring!

New Report Finds Sharp Decline in Well-Being of Maine Children Despite National Trends

Maine drops to 17th for overall child well-being in the latest KIDS COUNT report New data show that American children and teens are experiencing better health and education outcomes, yet they still face significant economic challenges. In the 2016 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today, the Annie E. Casey Foundation reports that child well-being has… More New Report Finds Sharp Decline in Well-Being of Maine Children Despite National Trends

Communities & Banking: Addressing Early Childhood Expulsions in Maine

Over the past year the Maine Children’s Alliance (MCA), along with many others, has been exploring the social emotional development and learning of Maine’s young children. Due to an increase in the reporting of children exhibiting challenging behaviors in child care and preschool settings – not just in Maine but the entire country – MCA,… More Communities & Banking: Addressing Early Childhood Expulsions in Maine

How the New 2016 House Child Nutrition Bill Hurts Maine Kids

As many as 60,000 Maine children – almost 1 in 4 – live in food insecure households. Fortunately, federal meal programs improve access to healthy food for school-aged children and children in participating child care programs, so they can play, learn and grow. We know that federal meal programs are effective strategies in reducing child… More How the New 2016 House Child Nutrition Bill Hurts Maine Kids

Looking Towards the Future: How the 127th Legislature Affects Our Kids

This past Legislative Session, MCA saw mixed results for Maine children and families. While we were happy to see many important initiatives succeed, from bills on early childhood to children’s health, many critical policy opportunities did not become law. Check out some highlights from the 127th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session below. Caring for Our Youngest… More Looking Towards the Future: How the 127th Legislature Affects Our Kids