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 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
After months of advocacy, budget negotiations and so much more, the first regular session of the 128th Legislature has finally ended. Together, we worked to promote policies and practices that give Maine children the best chance of success. And none of it would have been possible without your help! Check out our recap of what … More Wrapping up the 2017 Legislative Session!
This post was written by Cara Baldari, a Senior Policy Director for Family Economics and Legal Counsel at First Focus. Click here to read the original post on First Focus’ blog, Voices for Kids. First Focus is a national, nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions. Due to the … More First Focus: New Maine Bill Aims to Reduce Child Poverty
This is the first post in the series of profiles on the 2017 Giraffe Award Winners. We hope to see you Friday, May 19th at the Champions for Children Luncheon in Portland. This week, MCA is please to introduce you to Dr. Janice L. Pelletier, who currently serves as President for the Maine Chapter of … More Meet Dr. Janice L. Pelletier: 2017 Giraffe Award Winner
All Maine children and families should be able to see a doctor when they are sick. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes this possible for more and more Maine children and families. Healthy Maine children become healthy Maine adults who will lead us into the future, but they also need healthy parents or guardians to … More Why Maine children and families need the Affordable Care Act.
“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.