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
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
MCA’s annual Champions for Children Event is just three weeks away and tickets are available now! On October 27, 2015, join the Maine Children’s Alliance at the Green Ladle in Lewiston to celebrate child and family advocacy in Maine. While we reflect on the progress made for children and families in Maine this past year, … More Register for the 2015 Champions for Children today!
Rising tide of economic recovery did not lift all boats, leaving many children shipwrecked. “Maine’s economy is not working for all of our children. Too many kids are living in families where no parent has full time work, where housing costs take up a large portion of the family budget, or where wages don’t meet the … More AECF Presents: the 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book
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
1. Proposed Rules for Public Preschool Programs in Maine The Maine Department of Education has proposed rules that would create standards for public preschools in Maine. A public hearing on the proposal was held last week on Monday, November 17, 2014 in Augusta. There were approximately a dozen people in attendance and comments were made … More Early Childhood Update