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?
Early Care & Education This past session, much of our advocacy efforts focused on promoting policies and practices that would benefit young children and their families. We were able to make a strong case for the importance of early intervention in child development. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle introduced several bills to strengthen … More 2015 End of Legislative Session Newsletter
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
Highlights from our June 2015 Early Childhood Newsletter An Update on Early Childhood Bills The Appropriations Committee will be making critical funding decisions regarding early childhood bills as they wrap up the next two-year budget. Even though all these bills have not been heard in the House and Senate, the Committee may consider these funding … More The State of Early Childhood in Maine: A June 2015 Update
“It is a huge honor to accept this award. I’ve worked on a lot of issues in the Legislature but early childhood is the issue closes to my heart.” – 2014 Director’s Award Winner, Former Rep. Seth Berry with his Giraffe Award. As community leaders, you know the people in our community, who … More URGENT: Calling All Champions of Maine Children
2012-2013 Budget Early childhood programs took a very large collective hit in the budget passed by Maine’s 125th Legislature and signed into law by Governor LePage in 2012. Now, the waiting list for child care subsidy continues to climb, Head Start programs have reduced slots and the home visiting system is weakened despite new federal … More Impact of 2012-2013 Early Childhood Budget Cuts
URGE THEM TO PROTECT VITAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND PARENTS! Maine’s children, youth and working parents urgently need your help. The Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee is working on a plan to close an anticipated gap in the budget for the Department of Health and Human Services. The Committee is currently considering many of … More ACTION ALERT: CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR THIS WEEKEND!