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
The best way to protect Maine’s home visiting programs is for elected officials to reauthorize MIECHV for five years, in its current innovative, flexible and effective form to ensure Maine families, businesses, and communities continue on the path to a thriving and dynamic future. … More Home visiting works. Let’s keep it working for Maine.
The Maine Children’s Caucus hit the ground running at their inaugural meeting this month, with a presentation from Federal Reserve economist Rob Grunewald to a captivated audience of state lawmakers. This bipartisan group of State Legislators founded by Sen. Rebecca Millett (D – Cape Elizabeth) and Rep. Matt Pouliot (R – Augusta) seeks to build … More Standing room only at the first meeting of the Maine Children’s Caucus.
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
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
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
Maine’s home visiting programs to benefit from federal funding. Department of Health and Human Services announces $224 million to go toward evidence-based home visiting. http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/09/20110922b.html