Today, the Appropriations and Financial Affairs committee is set to make critical funding decisions regarding early childcare. It is imperative that you contact your legislators immediately and tell them to support three early childhood programs:
- LD 552, An Act To Provide Funding for Home Visiting Services
- LD 1054, An Act to Provide Funding for Head Start Services
- Support funding for the expansion of public preschool that was passed during last year’s legislative session.
Reach out to your Legislator even if you think they are already supportive. We need to send a clear message to the members of the Appropriations Committee and Legislative leadership that even their youngest and most vulnerable constituents need their support.
LD 552, An Act To Provide Funding for Home Visiting Services, sponsored by Rep. Joyce Maker (R-Calais) would provide $2.2 million to support Maine Families, the state’s home visiting program.
Rep. Maker testified about the importance of investing early and assisting young parents, saying, “Maine Families shows how prevention, education and timely intervention work to transform lives.”
Rep. Carol McElwee (R-Caribou) introduced LD 1054, An Act to Provide Funding for Head Start Services after noting that Head Start in Maine only reaches 28% percent of eligible children in Maine. Rep. McElwee shared her visit to the Head Start site in Caribou at the HHS Committee hearing. (Read more about Rep. McElwee’s visit here).
“During this experience, I observed well-trained, caring teachers and staff interacting with, teaching, and nurturing the social, emotional, and cognitive development of each and every child under their supervision,” said Rep McElwee. “Maine needs a better amount of these high-quality, early learning experiences for more Maine children.”
Maine kids need you to give them a voice in the Legislature. They can’t act, but you can. Contact your Legislator now. Stand up for Maine kids!