Building Thriving Communities Capitalizing on Evolving Science and Circumstances

This blog post was written by MCA’s MSW intern Jill Walker, who attended the conference earlier this month.  Earlier this month, the Maine Resiliency Building Network (MRBN) and The Bingham Program hosted their second biennial conference: Building Thriving Communities Capitalizing on Evolving Science and Circumstances. Educators, health service providers, public policy advocates and community leaders … More Building Thriving Communities Capitalizing on Evolving Science and Circumstances

 Maine Children’s Alliance Celebrates Health Care Victory for Children and Families in Medicaid Expansion

The Maine Children’s Alliance is thrilled with the results of yesterday’s election, with the majority of Mainers voting overwhelmingly in favor of expanding Medicaid. Medicaid Expansion will increase access to quality, affordable health care to an estimated 80,000 Mainers. “Access to quality, affordable health care coverage is critical to the success of our state,” said … More  Maine Children’s Alliance Celebrates Health Care Victory for Children and Families in Medicaid Expansion

Maine Fails to Protect the Safety of Children in Child Care

As adults, it is our responsibility to do everything we can to protect the health and safety of our children. This is why, in 2014, Congress required all states to ensure that child care workers are subject to background checks including fingerprinting by Sept. 30, 2017. Last year, the Maine Legislature also voted to protect … More Maine Fails to Protect the Safety of Children in Child Care

Proposed Budget Cuts to SNAP Would Harm Maine Children & Families

Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of a budget resolution that would dramatically cut federal funding for critical programs that support our children, families and communities. Many of these programs work together to help families fill critical gaps so they can put food on the table, secure housing and make ends meet. … More Proposed Budget Cuts to SNAP Would Harm Maine Children & Families

Children of Color in Maine and the Nation Face Extensive Inequities and Barriers to Success

2017 Race for Results report identifies areas where state needs to provide greater opportunities for children of color to reach potential A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation reveals significant opportunities for Maine and the nation to improve the health and well-being of children, especially children in immigrant families and children of color. … More Children of Color in Maine and the Nation Face Extensive Inequities and Barriers to Success

Urgent action on CHIP is necessary to provide certainty for families and state budgets.

This blog post is an excerpt of a letter from MCA to U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee regarding urgent need to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Learn more about Maine’s case to reauthorize CHIP here. Urgent action is necessary to provide certainty for families and state budgets. CHIP is critical to the health of … More Urgent action on CHIP is necessary to provide certainty for families and state budgets.

Proposed Changes to Maine’s Family Child Care Rules go into Effect, Bypassing Legislative Review

Despite calls from over 100 parents, providers and advocates to halt the rushed process, DHHS moves ahead with emergency implementation AUGUSTA—Last week, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced the adoption of major substantive changes to Maine’s family child care rules on an emergency basis effective September 20, 2017. The controversial implementation of … More Proposed Changes to Maine’s Family Child Care Rules go into Effect, Bypassing Legislative Review