Child poverty rates in Maine remained relatively unchanged for 2018, though wide disparities are evident by county

Growing up in poverty can dramatically impact a child’s life. Child poverty can adversely affect children across all developmental domains, beginning in early childhood and lasting into adulthood. Living in poverty also increases a child’s risk for poor health, cognitive, social, emotional, and educational outcomes. Adults who grew up in poverty are likely to earn … More Child poverty rates in Maine remained relatively unchanged for 2018, though wide disparities are evident by county

Child poverty rates down, latest data shows

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

OPEGA Report Hearing on TANF – MCA Testimony 7.26.18

Public Comment on the OPEGA Report on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program Claire Berkowitz, Executive Director of the Maine Children’s Alliance July 26, 2018 Senator Katz, Rep. Mastraccio and esteemed members of the Government Oversight Committee, my name is Claire Berkowitz and I am the Executive Director of the Maine Children’s Alliance. The … More OPEGA Report Hearing on TANF – MCA Testimony 7.26.18

Building Thriving Communities Capitalizing on Evolving Science and Circumstances

This blog post was written by MCA’s MSW intern Jill Walker, who attended the conference earlier this month.  Earlier this month, the Maine Resiliency Building Network (MRBN) and The Bingham Program hosted their second biennial conference: Building Thriving Communities Capitalizing on Evolving Science and Circumstances. Educators, health service providers, public policy advocates and community leaders … More Building Thriving Communities Capitalizing on Evolving Science and Circumstances

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!