Child care is an essential support for families, allowing parents to work while their children are cared for during this critical period of their development. However, the cost of child care is a significant burden for families—particularly for families with limited financial resources. While many families may be eligible to receive a subsidy to help … More The State of Child Care in Maine
Changing demographics in Maine over time reveal a problematic trend toward an aging population and declining child population The latest child population estimates released by the US Census in June 2019 point to some challenges for Maine. Like fourteen states in the U.S., mostly in the Northeast, Maine experienced a decline in the number of children. Between 1990 … More The changing demographics of Maine
Every child deserves the right to the protection of their basic human rights In 1959, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention of the Rights of the Child, defining children’s rights to protection, education, health care, shelter, and nutrition. It is the most rapidly and widely ratified human rights treaty; yet the United States remains the only member … More MCA statement on child detention and family separation at the southern border
After months of advocacy and negotiations, the first regular session of the 129th Legislature has come to a close. Together, we worked to provide data and promote policies that will help all Maine children reach their full potential. Check out the highlights of the session below! Promoting Early Care and Education Programs that Give Young … More Legislative Roundup!
The latest edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows improvements for child well-being over the last 30 years, but there are still areas for improvement in the nation and in Maine. The 30th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® Data Book explores how America’s child population … More The National 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book is out!
Last week MCA’s Senior Policy Analyst, Rita Furlow, and I had the opportunity to attend the inaugural Children’s Cabinet meeting, convened by Governor Mills. This was the first time the Children’s Cabinet has met since 2010, when it submitted a report summarizing its work to the transition team as the outgoing administration. The reconvening of the Children’s Cabinet signals that cross-system collaboration to improve the health and well-being of … More Maine Children’s Cabinet Holds First Meeting
According to a recent report released by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) more children are attending state-funded pre-K programs across the US, but state funding is not keeping pace, resulting in low compensation for pre-K teachers that threatens to undermine the quality and sustainability of programming. The State of Preschool 2018 annual … More The State of Preschool 2018