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
As the 2016 campaigns come to a close, the Maine Children’s Alliance is gearing up for a new campaign to improve early childhood outcomes in Maine, starting with the 2nd Maine Children’s Convention: Creating a Vision for an Early Childhood System. On November 5, 2016, join parents, child care providers and child advocates from across … More Creating a Vision for an Early Childhood System
As many as 60,000 Maine children – almost 1 in 4 – live in food insecure households. Fortunately, federal meal programs improve access to healthy food for school-aged children and children in participating child care programs, so they can play, learn and grow. We know that federal meal programs are effective strategies in reducing child … More How the New 2016 House Child Nutrition Bill Hurts Maine Kids