To become successful adults, young people need basic, essential supports like nurturing relationships with caring adults, positive educational environments, and health care, including mental and behavioral health services. When young people have these positive experiences early in life, it shapes their brain development toward good decision-making and impulse control. Yet many young people have adverse … More How Maine was able to respond quickly to reduce the number of youth in corrections during the COVID-19 crisis
For too long, Black children and families have been systemically denied the chance to achieve health, safety, and prosperity in America. Anti-Black racism in all aspects of our society has made it impossible for us to truly ensure every child has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. Our children are watching the events unfolding … More Let’s Talk About Racism
New Data Snapshot with State-by-State Data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation Highlights Disparities in Children Living in Concentrated Poverty Across Geographies, Race, and Immigration Status September 24th: The Annie E. Casey Foundation today released “Children Living in High-Poverty, Low-Opportunity Neighborhoods,” a KIDS COUNT data snapshot that examines where concentrated poverty has worsened across the … More Percentage of Children Living in Concentrated Poverty in Maine Remains Below National Averages
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!
The Maine Children’s Alliance Releases the 2019 Maine KIDS COUNT® Data Book Maine has seen improvements for kids in key areas over the past 25 years, but this year’s data indicates we should be concerned about how our youngest children are faring March 28, 2019 – The Maine Children’s Alliance released the latest edition of … More The 2019 Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book is here!
The Maine Children’s Alliance has submitted comments to the federal government in opposition to the proposed Public Charge rule. This rule would threaten to undermine the benefit of public services to immigrant families and their children, which are critical to their health and well-being. These families are increasingly part of the fabric of our communities; … More Protect Immigrant Families: Opposing the Proposed Public Charge Rule
Public Comment on the OPEGA Report on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program Claire Berkowitz, Executive Director of the Maine Children’s Alliance July 26, 2018 Senator Katz, Rep. Mastraccio and esteemed members of the Government Oversight Committee, my name is Claire Berkowitz and I am the Executive Director of the Maine Children’s Alliance. The … More OPEGA Report Hearing on TANF – MCA Testimony 7.26.18
The Maine Children’s Alliance is pleased to announce today’s release of the 2018 Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book. Through the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed, data-driven picture of how children are doing in the United States, ranking states on key indicators covering economic well-being, education, … More KIDS COUNT 2018 Data Book Release
March 20, 2018 – The second meeting of this year’s Maine’s Children’s Caucus focused on the current preliminary data around child abuse neglect and prevention in the state. Co-chairs Senator Rebecca Millett and Representative Matt Pouliot welcomed guest speaker Kate Perkins, Executive Director of the Maine Children’s Trust, to present key points of the organization’s … More Maine Children’s Caucus Welcomes the Maine Children’s Trust
This blog post was written by MCA executive director, Claire Berkowitz and originally appeared in the November 29, 2017 edition of the Bangor Daily News. Check out the original article here. To most families and communities, promoting and protecting the health and well-being of their children is a top priority. At the Maine Children’s Alliance, … More BDN: Maine’s children are counting on Congress to reauthorize this vital program