Improving Early Childhood in Maine means thinking about children, their families and their communities.

“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.

MCA and Partners Receive Large Advocacy Grant to Strengthen Maine’s Early Childhood System

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

How the New 2016 House Child Nutrition Bill Hurts Maine Kids

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

Social Emotional Development Spotlight: Portland Defending Childhood

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

One More Snack: What the U.S. Senate Child Nutrition Bill means for Maine kids

In Maine, over 60,000 children live in food insecurity. This means that an estimated one out of five children do not know where they are getting their next meal. As a result, many Maine children in families rely on programs like the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to provide healthy meals and snacks … More One More Snack: What the U.S. Senate Child Nutrition Bill means for Maine kids