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!
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.
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. It recently came … More FIRST FOCUS: Cash assistance for families in Maine is critical
This blog post is from an April 1, 2016 letter to the editor written by MCA Board Member Shawn Yardley published in the Bangor Daily News. Check out the original letter here. Finding real solutions to poverty is in the best interest of our children and state. Preparing Maine for a prosperous future begins with … More BDN Letter: Find real solutions to poverty
“At this moment, we are at a critical juncture for Maine children,” said Claire Berkowitz, Executive Director of the Maine Children’s Alliance. “The data highlights some significant challenges facing our children, but also some substantial progress that has been made, too. Now, it is up to all of us to act on this data and … More ICYMI: the 2015 Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book
A new report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that the federal government’s official poverty measure created in the 1960s uses outdated information on how U.S. families are faring today, failing to illustrate the effect of programs designed to help them. The new KIDS COUNT® Data Snapshot, Measuring Access to Opportunity in … More Public investments reduce child poverty rate
Waterville, ME – On September 6, 2014, the Maine Children’s Alliance (MCA) released the Platform for Maine’s Children at the first ever Children’s Convention. Educare Central Maine, a high quality learning and development center for children birth to age five, provided an inspiring location for the event. The Children’s Platform offers a vision for how we might close the gap between … More Maine Children’s Convention