During these unprecedented and challenging times, it is critical that children and families get the support they need to mitigate the harmful effects of this pandemic on their health and well-being. With many parents finding themselves out of work, families are enduring significant additional stress as they try to figure out how to keep paying … More Supporting Children and Families During the COVID-19 Crisis
The Maine Children’s Alliance (MCA) is pleased to welcome our new executive director, Stephanie Eglinton. Stephanie comes to MCA with extensive experience with Maine’s philanthropic and nonprofit communities. Most recently, she worked as a Senior Program Officer at the Maine Community Foundation (MCF), where she led the foundation’s statewide initiative to improve outcomes for … More MCA Welcomes New Executive Director
Child care is an essential support for families, allowing parents to work while their children are cared for during this critical period of their development. However, the cost of child care is a significant burden for families—particularly for families with limited financial resources. While many families may be eligible to receive a subsidy to help … More The State of Child Care in Maine
Maine Making Strides in Keeping Children in Foster Care Connected to Families New 10-year Data Snapshot with State-by-State Data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation Shows Progress in Maine and in the Nation AUGUSTA, MAINE — The number of children in foster care being placed with families has considerably improved in Maine over the last … More Keeping Kids in Families: New Data on Trends in Foster Care Placements
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
The Maine Children’s Alliance (MCA) is pleased to welcome new staff members: Research and KIDS COUNT Associate, Helen Hemminger, and Communications and Outreach Assistant, Melissa Hackett. “With Melissa and Helen on board, we are able to coordinate greater outreach efforts and ensure that we are the data source for making sound policy decisions for … More MCA Welcomes New Staff Members!
The Maine Children’s Alliance will be hiring two positions in the New Year. We are looking for committed team members who will support our mission to advocate for sound public policies and promote best practices to improve the well-being of children and families in Maine. The Communications & Outreach Assistant supports the Maine Children’s Alliance … More MCA is Hiring!
After months of advocacy, budget negotiations and so much more, the first regular session of the 128th Legislature has finally ended. Together, we worked to promote policies and practices that give Maine children the best chance of success. And none of it would have been possible without your help! Check out our recap of what … More Wrapping up the 2017 Legislative Session!
The Maine Children’s Alliance (MCA) is seeking a full-time, two-year grant funded Outreach and Enrollment Specialist. Position Summary: The Outreach and Enrollment Specialist provides a high level of coordination, organizational support, training, education and customer service for the Connecting Maine Kids to Coverage Project., a multi-organizational initiative led by Consumers for Affordable Health Care (CAHC). … More Good news for kids – MCA is hiring!
This past Legislative Session, MCA saw mixed results for Maine children and families. While we were happy to see many important initiatives succeed, from bills on early childhood to children’s health, many critical policy opportunities did not become law. Check out some highlights from the 127th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session below. Caring for Our Youngest … More Looking Towards the Future: How the 127th Legislature Affects Our Kids