The future prosperity of the United States and right here in Maine depends on widely distributed opportunity for all children, regardless of where they live or what racial or ethnic group they belong to. The sustainability of America’s prosperity depends on it. The rapidly changing demographics of American society mean that children of color will … More Race for Results
MCA’s “new” Executive Director, Claire Berkowitz, introduced herself to attendees at the annual Legislative Reception on January 28, 2014 in Augusta. Her remarks are below. I may be a new face to many of you, but I have spent the last 5 years as MCA’s KIDS COUNT Director. Most of that time was spent behind … More The Heroes Among Us
The Maine Children’s Alliance is a member of the New England Consortium (NEC), a six-state collaborative of child research and policy organizations working to advance policies to reduce poverty and build opportunity for children and families. NEC members continue to educate our national leaders and the public about the devastating impact sequestration would have on children and families. … More Sequestration in Maine
This month the National Women’s Law Center released a state-by-state report, Downward Slide: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2012. This annual report examines the impact of five critical factors that determine the affordability, accessibility, and quality of assistance in each state: income eligibility, waiting lists for assistance, copayments required of parents receiving assistance, reimbursement rates … More Child Care Assistance Policies
Birth to age 5 is a critical period for a child’s future development The Maine Children’s Alliance, in collaboration with the Maine Children’s Growth Council, released its third annual data report on school readiness. The data report focuses on indicators of school readiness and informs the Council’s continuing work. Among the significant indicators in the 2012 report … More Maine School Readiness Report Released
18.2 % of Maine children continue to live in poverty, median family incomes are down, but more young adults have health insurance coverage The American Community Survey (ACS), an ongoing survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, provides data every year — giving policy makers, communities and businesses the current information they need to plan … More How are the Children?
Areas of Concern Include Economic Well-Being & 4th Grade Reading Scores AUGUSTA, ME. (July 25, 2012) – In the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 23rd KIDS COUNT Data Book, the child well-being index has been updated and expanded to create a more robust tool that better captures the well-being of children. Using this new methodology, Maine … More National KIDS COUNT Index Ranks Maine 13th in Child Well-Being