Maine Fails to Protect the Safety of Children in Child Care

As adults, it is our responsibility to do everything we can to protect the health and safety of our children. This is why, in 2014, Congress required all states to ensure that child care workers are subject to background checks including fingerprinting by Sept. 30, 2017. Last year, the Maine Legislature also voted to protect … More Maine Fails to Protect the Safety of Children in Child Care

Children of Color in Maine and the Nation Face Extensive Inequities and Barriers to Success

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

Proposed Changes to Maine’s Family Child Care Rules go into Effect, Bypassing Legislative Review

Despite calls from over 100 parents, providers and advocates to halt the rushed process, DHHS moves ahead with emergency implementation AUGUSTA—Last week, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced the adoption of major substantive changes to Maine’s family child care rules on an emergency basis effective September 20, 2017. The controversial implementation of … More Proposed Changes to Maine’s Family Child Care Rules go into Effect, Bypassing Legislative Review

New Report Explores Problems with Maine’s Early Childhood System and Recommends Set of Policy Solutions for a Better Future

  LEWISTON—On Thursday, September 21 at 10:00 AM at the YWCA in Lewiston, the Maine Children’s Alliance (MCA) and Maine Women’s Policy Center (MWPC) released a new report: Investing in our Future: How Maine Can Prepare our Children to Become Tomorrow’s Leaders. The report highlights the experiences of Maine parents who are trying to access … More New Report Explores Problems with Maine’s Early Childhood System and Recommends Set of Policy Solutions for a Better Future

2017 Maine State Budget: What’s in it for kids?

Earlier this month, after what seemed like an interminable gridlock, the Legislature and the Governor were finally able to agree on a state budget. The big question is, however, what does it mean for Maine kids? Below, we have provided a brief overview from our MCA Senior Policy Analyst, Rita Furlow. SCHOOL FUNDING: K-12 This … More 2017 Maine State Budget: What’s in it for kids?

How Early Childhood Consultation Programs (ECCP) Could Reduce Challenging Behaviors.

If children are going to succeed in school, at work and in life, they need to master the critical cognitive, social and emotional skills necessary to thrive. Too often we only focus on cognitive development, but this week Dr. Walter Gilliam from Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy returned to Maine … More How Early Childhood Consultation Programs (ECCP) Could Reduce Challenging Behaviors.