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

How Early Childhood Consultation Programs (ECCP) Could Reduce Challenging Behaviors.

If children are going to succeed in school, at work and in life, they need to master the critical cognitive, social and emotional skills necessary to thrive. Too often we only focus on cognitive development, but this week Dr. Walter Gilliam from Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy returned to Maine … More How Early Childhood Consultation Programs (ECCP) Could Reduce Challenging Behaviors.

New Study Finds Need to Improve Social Emotional Learning & Development of Maine’s Young Children

Over the past year, Dr. Sheila Smith from Columbia University’s National Center for Children in Poverty has been conducting research on the social emotional learning and development of Maine’s young children as part of a statewide project led by the Maine Children’s Growth Council, Maine Children’s Alliance and Maine Department of Education, and funded through … More New Study Finds Need to Improve Social Emotional Learning & Development of Maine’s Young Children

“Behavior is the language of a child:” Snapshots from the 2016 Social Emotional Learning & Development Conference

Last week, the Maine Children’s Alliance and the Maine Children’s Growth Council hosted the 2016 Social Emotional Learning & Development Conference in Freeport to share compelling new research. A diverse range of state and national experts, partners and stakeholders gathered to discuss short and long-term strategies to improve early childhood outcomes, specifically related to social … More “Behavior is the language of a child:” Snapshots from the 2016 Social Emotional Learning & Development Conference

New Report Finds Sharp Decline in Well-Being of Maine Children Despite National Trends

Maine drops to 17th for overall child well-being in the latest KIDS COUNT report New data show that American children and teens are experiencing better health and education outcomes, yet they still face significant economic challenges. In the 2016 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today, the Annie E. Casey Foundation reports that child well-being has … More New Report Finds Sharp Decline in Well-Being of Maine Children Despite National Trends

Communities & Banking: Addressing Early Childhood Expulsions in Maine

Over the past year the Maine Children’s Alliance (MCA), along with many others, has been exploring the social emotional development and learning of Maine’s young children. Due to an increase in the reporting of children exhibiting challenging behaviors in child care and preschool settings – not just in Maine but the entire country – MCA, … More Communities & Banking: Addressing Early Childhood Expulsions in Maine

Looking Towards the Future: How the 127th Legislature Affects Our Kids

This past Legislative Session, MCA saw mixed results for Maine children and families. While we were happy to see many important initiatives succeed, from bills on early childhood to children’s health, many critical policy opportunities did not become law. Check out some highlights from the 127th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session below. Caring for Our Youngest … More Looking Towards the Future: How the 127th Legislature Affects Our Kids