Today’s young children are tomorrow’s business leaders, employees, policymakers, health care providers, innovators and entrepreneurs, parents, neighbors and friends. Thriving children are the basis – the foundation – for a prosperous and sustainable society. Maine’s future prosperity and quality of life start with their success!
Who is the Maine Children's Growth Council?
Created by Maine statute in 2008 as “the voice” of early childhood, the Council is charged to adopt and update a long-term plan that will achieve sustainable social and financial investments in the healthy development of Maine’s young children and their families. To view past reports published by or released in collaboration with other partners, visit our Reports & Resources.
The long-term plan
In 2012, Maine Children’s Growth Council published Invest Early for 2020: Building the Foundation for Maine’s Future. In 2018, the Council is working on a new Plan to present in January 2019 to the new Maine Governor and to Maine Legislators.
The early years are a critical time when the architecture of the brain is being built. The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has compiled national research from multiple disciplines to inform public policies and public investments. The Center has produced short videos – 2 to 6 minutes each – to explain the five key scientific concepts that are the building blocks of the core story of child development. In addition, Maine Children’s Growth Council has relied on the important Adverse Childhood Experiences study, as well as other national and Maine studies and reports.
Solutions to Help All Maine's Children
Maine Children’s Growth Council has captured the key research points based in national and Maine research in a series of six banners: Maine’s Prosperity, Brain Architecture, Interactions, Toxic Stress, Getting It Right Early, and The Solution. Maine’s Solutions are needed to help children to be healthy and successful. We all benefit from investments in early childhood which save Maine millions in treatment, crime, and lost economic opportunity.