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!
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
Earlier this month, after what seemed like an interminable gridlock, the Legislature and the Governor were finally able to agree on a state budget. The big question is, however, what does it mean for Maine kids? Below, we have provided a brief overview from our MCA Senior Policy Analyst, Rita Furlow. SCHOOL FUNDING: K-12 This … More 2017 Maine State Budget: What’s in it for kids?
This blog post written by Claire Berkowitz, executive director of MCA and originally appeared in the Portland Press Herald on July 15, 2016. Click here to read the original OpEd. We all want our children to grow up and become the confident, capable and caring adults of tomorrow, who can lead Maine into a prosperous future. … More PPH: MCA supports Stand Up for Students
Last week, the Maine Masonic Charitable foundation announced that the Maine Children’s Alliance is a finalist for a $2,000 “Building Our Community” Grant. We are so honored to be recognized for our leadership, research and advocacy work to make Maine a better place to be a kid. However, to win the grant, we need your … More Vote for MCA for Community Grant
This editorial was written by MCA Vice Board Chair, Margaret Leitch Copeland and originally ran in the Bangor Daily News on December 8, 2015. You can access the original article here. On behalf of Maine kids and families, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Maine’s congressional delegation for their critical role in … More BDN Contributor: Maine kids need Congress to finish job on improving child care
Early Care & Education This past session, much of our advocacy efforts focused on promoting policies and practices that would benefit young children and their families. We were able to make a strong case for the importance of early intervention in child development. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle introduced several bills to strengthen … More 2015 End of Legislative Session Newsletter
Highlights from our June 2015 Early Childhood Newsletter An Update on Early Childhood Bills The Appropriations Committee will be making critical funding decisions regarding early childhood bills as they wrap up the next two-year budget. Even though all these bills have not been heard in the House and Senate, the Committee may consider these funding … More The State of Early Childhood in Maine: A June 2015 Update
Social/Emotional Development The Maine Children’s Alliance recently brought together key stakeholders to discuss social emotional development and mental health consultation in early childhood settings. We had been hearing reports of increasing numbers of very young children being encouraged to leave or expelled from programs because of challenging behaviors they were exhibiting in the classroom. As a … More Early Childhood Advocacy and Legislative Update
The following testimony was submitted by the Maine Children’s Alliance: Testimony of Rita Furlow, Senior Policy Analyst Maine Children’s Alliance Before the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs Biennial Budget March 6, 2015 Good afternoon, Senators Hamper and Brakey, Representatives Rotundo and Gattine, and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and … More Maine’s future rests on how well we invest in our children