2017 Race for Results report identifies areas where state needs to provide greater opportunities for children of color to reach potential A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation reveals significant opportunities for Maine and the nation to improve the health and well-being of children, especially children in immigrant families and children of color. … More Children of Color in Maine and the Nation Face Extensive Inequities and Barriers to Success
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!
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!
As many as 60,000 Maine children – almost 1 in 4 – live in food insecure households. Fortunately, federal meal programs improve access to healthy food for school-aged children and children in participating child care programs, so they can play, learn and grow. We know that federal meal programs are effective strategies in reducing child … More How the New 2016 House Child Nutrition Bill Hurts Maine Kids
This week the Maine Children’s Alliance is submitting testimony to support LD 1472, Resolve, To Enhance the Administration of the Child and Adult Care Food Program by Creating Clear Guidelines for Organizations and Streamlining the Application Process. This blog post was adapted from the testimony of Clare Berkowitz, MCA Executive Director. As I sat down to … More Just One Click: Increasing Participation & Access to CACFP
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
In honor of #GivingTuesday, our Board Chair Bill Cumming talks about why he gives his time and energy to the Maine Children’s Alliance. Read his story and contribute to MCA below. Anything over which we have no control, controls us. A simple and almost universal example demonstrates the point. Rain, in and of itself, does … More Toward a World That Works for Everyone…