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!
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!
“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.
The Maine Children’s Alliance is excited to announce that we are embarking on a three-year project to improve the quality of early learning experiences for all Maine children. Through the generous support of Maine’s Early Childhood Funders group, MCA is partnering with several other children’s advocacy organizations in a collaborative effort to focus on the … More MCA and Partners Receive Large Advocacy Grant to Strengthen Maine’s Early Childhood System
This blog post written by Claire Berkowitz, executive director of MCA and originally appeared in the Portland Press Herald on July 15, 2016. Click here to read the original OpEd. We all want our children to grow up and become the confident, capable and caring adults of tomorrow, who can lead Maine into a prosperous future. … More PPH: MCA supports Stand Up for Students
As many as 60,000 Maine children – almost 1 in 4 – live in food insecure households. Fortunately, federal meal programs improve access to healthy food for school-aged children and children in participating child care programs, so they can play, learn and grow. We know that federal meal programs are effective strategies in reducing child … More How the New 2016 House Child Nutrition Bill Hurts Maine Kids
This post was written by Barrett Wilkinson from Portland Defending Childhood as a part of the Maine Children’s Alliance’s series on early childhood social and emotional development in Maine. As the Prevention Coordinator for Portland Defending Childhood (PDC), it is my pleasure to provide a guest post today about our violence prevention work. PDC is … More Social Emotional Development Spotlight: Portland Defending Childhood