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
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!
This is Letter to the Editor was written by MCA board vice chair Margaret Leitch Copeland and originally published in the Bangor Daily News. As adults, it is our responsibility to ensure that all early learning environments in Maine promote the health and safety of our youngest children. When our children have quality and safe … More Letter to the Editor: DHHS child care rules troubling
AUGUSTA—A group of over 130 concerned parents, child care providers and advocates have filed a petition to delay emergency implementation of proposed family child care rules until they have a chance to undergo proper legislative review. The proposed changes to the existing rules by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) weaken the … More Parents, child care providers, and advocates call for legislative review of proposed DHHS rules for family child care providers
By now, we know that critical brain development occurs during the early years of a child’s life, which is why investing in quality, early learning experiences for all children is so important for our future. Last week, Maine Lawmakers got to go a little more into the science behind early childhood brain development and the … More What can we learn from brain research?
“We have to remember that the child is part of the family, the family is part of the community, and the community is part of the state.” – Marjorie Withers When our children thrive, our state thrives, so when we improve systems and structures for our children, we all benefit – our community, our state … More Improving Early Childhood in Maine means thinking about children, their families and their communities.
The Maine Children’s Alliance is excited to announce that we are embarking on a three-year project to improve the quality of early learning experiences for all Maine children. Through the generous support of Maine’s Early Childhood Funders group, MCA is partnering with several other children’s advocacy organizations in a collaborative effort to focus on the … More MCA and Partners Receive Large Advocacy Grant to Strengthen Maine’s Early Childhood System