Support Head Start: Maine Can’t Afford Another Missed Opportunity

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

The State of Early Childhood in Maine: A June 2015 Update

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

URGENT: LAST CHANCE TO SUPPORT EARLY CHILDCARE IN STATE BUDGET

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

MCA ACTION ALERT | Protect Early Childhood Programs

CLICK HERE to contact your Legislator NOW! Support Early Childhood Programs! On Thursday, May 7, 2015, the Health and Human Services committee held public hearings on four bills that would increase Maine’s investment in early childhood. LD 552, An Act To Provide Funding for Home Visiting Services, sponsored by Rep. Joyce Maker (R-Calais) would provide $2.2 million … More MCA ACTION ALERT | Protect Early Childhood Programs

Early Childhood Advocacy and Legislative Update

Social/Emotional Development The Maine Children’s Alliance recently brought together key stakeholders to discuss social emotional development and mental health consultation in early childhood settings. We had been hearing reports of increasing numbers of very young children being encouraged to leave or expelled from programs because of challenging behaviors they were exhibiting in the classroom. As a … More Early Childhood Advocacy and Legislative Update

Maine’s future rests on how well we invest in our children

The following testimony was submitted by the Maine Children’s Alliance: Testimony of Rita Furlow, Senior Policy Analyst Maine Children’s Alliance Before the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs Biennial Budget March 6, 2015 Good afternoon, Senators Hamper and Brakey, Representatives Rotundo and Gattine, and members of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and … More Maine’s future rests on how well we invest in our children