Child poverty rates in Maine remained relatively unchanged for 2018, though wide disparities are evident by county

Growing up in poverty can dramatically impact a child’s life. Child poverty can adversely affect children across all developmental domains, beginning in early childhood and lasting into adulthood. Living in poverty also increases a child’s risk for poor health, cognitive, social, emotional, and educational outcomes. Adults who grew up in poverty are likely to earn … More Child poverty rates in Maine remained relatively unchanged for 2018, though wide disparities are evident by county

Percentage of Children Living in Concentrated Poverty in Maine Remains Below National Averages

New Data Snapshot with State-by-State Data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation Highlights Disparities in Children Living in Concentrated Poverty Across Geographies, Race, and Immigration Status September 24th: The Annie E. Casey Foundation today released “Children Living in High-Poverty, Low-Opportunity Neighborhoods,” a KIDS COUNT data snapshot that examines where concentrated poverty has worsened across the … More Percentage of Children Living in Concentrated Poverty in Maine Remains Below National Averages

Protect Immigrant Families: Opposing the Proposed Public Charge Rule

The Maine Children’s Alliance has submitted comments to the federal government in opposition to the proposed Public Charge rule. This rule would threaten to undermine the benefit of public services to immigrant families and their children, which are critical to their health and well-being. These families are increasingly part of the fabric of our communities; … More Protect Immigrant Families: Opposing the Proposed Public Charge Rule

Child poverty rates down, latest data shows

According to data released last week from the 2017 American Community Survey, the national child poverty rate∗ has fallen to 18% — or roughly just over 13 million kids living in poverty today in the United States. This puts the national child poverty rate back to prerecession levels for the first time. Even with these … More Child poverty rates down, latest data shows

OPEGA Report Hearing on TANF – MCA Testimony 7.26.18

Public Comment on the OPEGA Report on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program Claire Berkowitz, Executive Director of the Maine Children’s Alliance July 26, 2018 Senator Katz, Rep. Mastraccio and esteemed members of the Government Oversight Committee, my name is Claire Berkowitz and I am the Executive Director of the Maine Children’s Alliance. The … More OPEGA Report Hearing on TANF – MCA Testimony 7.26.18

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!