The best way to protect Maine’s home visiting programs is for elected officials to reauthorize MIECHV for five years, in its current innovative, flexible and effective form to ensure Maine families, businesses, and communities continue on the path to a thriving and dynamic future. … More Home visiting works. Let’s keep it working for Maine.
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!
Earlier this month, after what seemed like an interminable gridlock, the Legislature and the Governor were finally able to agree on a state budget. The big question is, however, what does it mean for Maine kids? Below, we have provided a brief overview from our MCA Senior Policy Analyst, Rita Furlow. SCHOOL FUNDING: K-12 This … More 2017 Maine State Budget: What’s in it for kids?
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
Earlier this month, the Maine Children’s Alliance presented the 2017 Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book, the state’s only comprehensive report on the well-being of Maine kids, to lawmakers at the Maine Children’s Caucus. The latest edition of the Data Book reveals that despite slight improvements in child poverty and health insurance rates, soaring infant mortality and child … More The 2017 Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book At-A-Glance
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.
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?