Big Wins for Kids in the 2018 Omnibus Bill!

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!

Maine Children’s Caucus Welcomes the Maine Children’s Trust

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

Maine Children’s Caucus Welcomes Georgia Early Childhood Expert

February 1, 2018 – The first meeting of this year’s Maine’s Children’s Caucus focused on early childhood systems in other states. Co-chairs Senator Rebecca Millett and Representative Matt Pouliot welcomed guest speakers Kristin Bernhard with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and Julie Poppe with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) . … More Maine Children’s Caucus Welcomes Georgia Early Childhood Expert

BDN: Aroostook County Understands Value of Public Preschool

This post was written by Senior Policy Analyst, Rita Furlow and originally appeared as a letter-to-the-editor in the December 7, 2017 edition of the Bangor Daily News. The key to Maine’s future is doing our best to ensure Maine’s children have the opportunity, support and resources to succeed as adults. And the Mainers in Aroostook County … More BDN: Aroostook County Understands Value of Public Preschool

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

Maine Fails to Protect the Safety of Children in Child Care

As adults, it is our responsibility to do everything we can to protect the health and safety of our children. This is why, in 2014, Congress required all states to ensure that child care workers are subject to background checks including fingerprinting by Sept. 30, 2017. Last year, the Maine Legislature also voted to protect … More Maine Fails to Protect the Safety of Children in Child Care

Proposed Changes to Maine’s Family Child Care Rules go into Effect, Bypassing Legislative Review

Despite calls from over 100 parents, providers and advocates to halt the rushed process, DHHS moves ahead with emergency implementation AUGUSTA—Last week, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced the adoption of major substantive changes to Maine’s family child care rules on an emergency basis effective September 20, 2017. The controversial implementation of … More Proposed Changes to Maine’s Family Child Care Rules go into Effect, Bypassing Legislative Review