Child Care Assistance Policies

This month the National Women’s Law Center released a state-by-state report, Downward Slide: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2012. This annual report examines the impact of five critical factors that determine the affordability, accessibility, and quality of assistance in each state: income eligibility, waiting lists for assistance, copayments required of parents receiving assistance, reimbursement rates … More Child Care Assistance Policies

18th Annual Champions for Children

    At last week’s 18th annual Champions for Children event, the Maine Children’s Alliance honored distinguished Mainers for their work fighting hard for children.  The Champions for Children “Giraffe Awards” were presented to individuals and organizations who are “sticking their neck out for children.”       Indeed the 2012 honorees work tirelessly against … More 18th Annual Champions for Children

Children’s Issues Forums

 Sponsored by the Maine Children’s Alliance, and co-sponsored by Educare Central Maine, Opportunity Alliance, Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care, and the Wheelock College Maine Alumni Group Children’s Issues Forums: October 3, 2012 from 6:30-8:00pm Opportunity Alliance 50 Lydia Lane, South Portland October 16, 2012 from 6:30-8:00pm St. Mary’s Nutrition Center 77 Bates Street, Lewiston … More Children’s Issues Forums

Maine School Readiness Report Released

Birth to age 5 is a critical period for a child’s future development The Maine Children’s Alliance, in collaboration with the Maine Children’s Growth Council, released its third annual data report on school readiness. The data report focuses on indicators of school readiness and informs the Council’s continuing work. Among the significant indicators in the 2012 report … More Maine School Readiness Report Released