OPEGA Report Hearing on TANF – MCA Testimony 7.26.18

Public Comment on the OPEGA Report on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program Claire Berkowitz, Executive Director of the Maine Children’s Alliance July 26, 2018 Senator Katz, Rep. Mastraccio and esteemed members of the Government Oversight Committee, my name is Claire Berkowitz and I am the Executive Director of the Maine Children’s Alliance. The … More OPEGA Report Hearing on TANF – MCA Testimony 7.26.18

MCA statement regarding family separation at the US border

Earlier this month the Maine Children’s Alliance (MCA) joined with 540 organizations from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to urgently request that the Administration reverse course on its practice of separating families at the border. With eight other Maine-based organizations, MCA signed onto a letter calling upon Department of Homeland … More MCA statement regarding family separation at the US border

Maine Children’s Caucus Welcomes Speakers on Opioid Crisis in Maine

March 27, 2018 – The third and final meeting of this year’s Maine’s Children’s Caucus focused on the opioid epidemic in Maine and its effects on children and families here. We were grateful to hear from the following presenters: Nicole Chaplin – Associate Director, KVCAP’s Early Education and Child Services Program; Kevin Joyce – Cumberland … More Maine Children’s Caucus Welcomes Speakers on Opioid Crisis in Maine

Big Wins for Kids in the 2018 Omnibus Bill!

March 2018: With the recent passage of the FY18 Omnibus appropriations bill by Congress, we are pleased to report the overall significant increases in spending for child care, early learning, and support for low-income families. This is a big win for kids! Here are some of the highlights*: Education: – Title I Grants: a $300 … More Big Wins for Kids in the 2018 Omnibus Bill!

Maine Children’s Caucus Welcomes the Maine Children’s Trust

March 20, 2018 – The second meeting of this year’s Maine’s Children’s Caucus focused on the current preliminary data around child abuse neglect and prevention in the state. Co-chairs Senator Rebecca Millett and Representative Matt Pouliot welcomed guest speaker Kate Perkins, Executive Director of the Maine Children’s Trust, to present key points of the organization’s … More Maine Children’s Caucus Welcomes the Maine Children’s Trust