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.

One More Snack: What the U.S. Senate Child Nutrition Bill means for Maine kids

In Maine, over 60,000 children live in food insecurity. This means that an estimated one out of five children do not know where they are getting their next meal. As a result, many Maine children in families rely on programs like the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to provide healthy meals and snacks … More One More Snack: What the U.S. Senate Child Nutrition Bill means for Maine kids

BDN Contributor: Maine kids need Congress to finish job on improving child care

This editorial was written by MCA Vice Board Chair, Margaret Leitch Copeland and originally ran in the Bangor Daily News on December 8, 2015. You can access the original article here. On behalf of Maine kids and families, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Maine’s congressional delegation for their critical role in … More BDN Contributor: Maine kids need Congress to finish job on improving child care

Meet Maria Padian, 2015 Champions for Children Keynote Speaker

On October 27, 2015, Maine author Maria Padian will give the keynote address at the MCA’s Champions for Children Event featuring the 2015 Giraffe Awards. Maria is an award-winning, Maine author who left the world of political reporting behind for the world of young adult fiction. Join Maria and the Maine Children’s Alliance at the Green … More Meet Maria Padian, 2015 Champions for Children Keynote Speaker

From the Intern’s Desk: Proficiency-based Teacher Ed

This is part of a weekly series of posts by Roy Ulrickson III, our Master of Social Work Intern. Opinions expressed may not reflect those of MCA, but we want to encourage an open dialogue with our readers. Soon, all high school students must demonstrate proficiency in a number of different subject matters in order to graduate. … More From the Intern’s Desk: Proficiency-based Teacher Ed

Support Head Start: Maine Can’t Afford Another Missed Opportunity

On June 8, 2015,the Maine State Senate voted to defeat a bill providing $2 million to support childcare for working families. LD 977, An Act to Improve Child Care in the State lost by one single vote.  This bill was a huge missed opportunity but we have one final chance to support early childhood programs in … More Support Head Start: Maine Can’t Afford Another Missed Opportunity