Making School Breakfast a Priority!

Starting the school day off strong begins with making sure students have a healthy breakfast and research shows it gets results. Students who eat breakfast, including at school, perform better academically. School breakfast promotes better attendance, concentration, alertness, memory, comprehension and learning. In Maine, nearly half of all school-aged children are eligible for subsidized school … More Making School Breakfast a Priority!

First Focus: New Maine Bill Aims to Reduce Child Poverty

This post was written by Cara Baldari, a Senior Policy Director for Family Economics and Legal Counsel at First Focus. Click here to read the original post on First Focus’ blog, Voices for Kids. First Focus is a national, nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions. Due to the … More First Focus: New Maine Bill Aims to Reduce Child Poverty

Improving Early Childhood in Maine means thinking about children, their families and their communities.

“We have to remember that the child is part of the family, the family is part of the community, and the community is part of the state.” – Marjorie Withers When our children thrive, our state thrives, so when we improve systems and structures for our children, we all benefit – our community, our state … More Improving Early Childhood in Maine means thinking about children, their families and their communities.

There is no question – raising the minimum wage is good for Maine children.

The blog post below was written by MCA Board Member Shawn Yardley on the upcoming ballot initiative to increase the minimum wage in Maine. When our children prosper, so does the rest of our state, which is why we ought to do everything in our power to make this happen. This means making sure they … More There is no question – raising the minimum wage is good for Maine children.

New Study Finds Need to Improve Social Emotional Learning & Development of Maine’s Young Children

Over the past year, Dr. Sheila Smith from Columbia University’s National Center for Children in Poverty has been conducting research on the social emotional learning and development of Maine’s young children as part of a statewide project led by the Maine Children’s Growth Council, Maine Children’s Alliance and Maine Department of Education, and funded through … More New Study Finds Need to Improve Social Emotional Learning & Development of Maine’s Young Children

BDN: More Maine children live in poverty, fewer get help. We should expect the opposite.

This post was written by MCA Senior Policy Analyst, Rita Furlow and originally appeared as an editorial in the Bangor Daily News on July 6, 2016. To read the original article, click here. Ensuring Maine’s prosperous future begins with making sure our youngest residents have the opportunities that promote healthy development. Unfortunately, the Bangor Daily … More BDN: More Maine children live in poverty, fewer get help. We should expect the opposite.