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!
By now, we know that critical brain development occurs during the early years of a child’s life, which is why investing in quality, early learning experiences for all children is so important for our future. Last week, Maine Lawmakers got to go a little more into the science behind early childhood brain development and the … More What can we learn from brain research?
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
As the 2016 campaigns come to a close, the Maine Children’s Alliance is gearing up for a new campaign to improve early childhood outcomes in Maine, starting with the 2nd Maine Children’s Convention: Creating a Vision for an Early Childhood System. On November 5, 2016, join parents, child care providers and child advocates from across … More Creating a Vision for an Early Childhood System
This week the Maine Children’s Alliance is submitting testimony to support LD 1472, Resolve, To Enhance the Administration of the Child and Adult Care Food Program by Creating Clear Guidelines for Organizations and Streamlining the Application Process. This blog post was adapted from the testimony of Clare Berkowitz, MCA Executive Director. As I sat down to … More Just One Click: Increasing Participation & Access to CACFP
Early Care & Education This past session, much of our advocacy efforts focused on promoting policies and practices that would benefit young children and their families. We were able to make a strong case for the importance of early intervention in child development. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle introduced several bills to strengthen … More 2015 End of Legislative Session Newsletter
Featuring the 2015 Giraffe Awards Celebrate with us! Join us as we reflect on the previous year, celebrate successes and prepare for the challenges ahead in child, youth and family advocacy. Together, we will also honor those who have “stuck out their necks” for Maine kids and families with the 2015 Giraffe Awards. October 27, … More Save the Date | 2015 Champions for Children Event
On June 8, 2015,the Maine State Senate voted to defeat a bill providing $2 million to support childcare for working families. LD 977, An Act to Improve Child Care in the State lost by one single vote. This bill was a huge missed opportunity but we have one final chance to support early childhood programs in … More Support Head Start: Maine Can’t Afford Another Missed Opportunity
Highlights from our June 2015 Early Childhood Newsletter An Update on Early Childhood Bills The Appropriations Committee will be making critical funding decisions regarding early childhood bills as they wrap up the next two-year budget. Even though all these bills have not been heard in the House and Senate, the Committee may consider these funding … More The State of Early Childhood in Maine: A June 2015 Update
CLICK HERE to contact your Legislator NOW! Support Early Childhood Programs! Today, the Appropriations and Financial Affairs committee is set to make critical funding decisions regarding early childcare. It is imperative that you contact your legislators immediately and tell them to support three early childhood programs: LD 552, An Act To Provide Funding for Home Visiting … More URGENT: LAST CHANCE TO SUPPORT EARLY CHILDCARE IN STATE BUDGET