Maine Children’s Caucus Welcomes the Maine Children’s Trust

March 20, 2018 – The second meeting of this year’s Maine’s Children’s Caucus focused on the current preliminary data around child abuse neglect and prevention in the state. Co-chairs Senator Rebecca Millett and Representative Matt Pouliot welcomed guest speaker Kate Perkins, Executive Director of the Maine Children’s Trust, to present key points of the organization’s … More Maine Children’s Caucus Welcomes the Maine Children’s Trust

2015 End of Legislative Session Newsletter

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

Save the Date | 2015 Champions for Children Event

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

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

MCA’s 5 Minute Guide to Early Childhood Programs

MCA’s latest infographic is a 5 minute guide to the importance of Maine’s early childhood programs — home visiting programs, child care, Head Start and Early Head Start, and public pre-K. These services are there to ensure that all of Maine’s youngest children and their families have equal access to the opportunities that promote healthy development. Share this simple illustration with … More MCA’s 5 Minute Guide to 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

Get Our Future Passed

HOW WELL THEY END UP DEPENDS ON HOW WELL THEY START OUT. Take Action this week to support Maine Families Home Visiting Program WHAT THEY DO: The Maine Families Home Visiting Program is part of Maine’s strategy to ensure the healthy development of our children. Because early experiences literally shape the development of the brain, … More Get Our Future Passed