Maine Children’s Growth Council Ads

The Council produced two 30 second television ads: Brain Architecture and We See You See, which aired May, 2011 in three media regional markets: Portland, Bangor, and Presque Isle (261 times in Portland, 190 times in Bangor and 72 times in Presque Isle) during the morning and evening news, and prime time including Red Sox/Yankees, American Idol, and Jeopardy.



Early Education

Recently released studies have shown that quality pre-kindergarten education may hold the key to a successful future. Currently, 60 percent of Maine school districts offer programs for 4-year-olds. But for the other 40 percent, the reason why they don’t is a familiar story — money. A recently released study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation illustrates how crucial the first five years is in a person’s life. And yet it’s the area we find where Maine and many other parts of the nation are investing the least amount of resources.
Watch Part 1. Watch Part 2.



The short and long term impacts of large public early care and education programs

Research consistently finds that high-quality early care and education (ECE) programs promote children’s school readiness and other positive outcomes. This brief describes what’s known about the short and long term impacts of large public (i.e., at-scale) ECE programs in the United States for children prior to kindergarten entry– including what key features of programs lead to the best outcomes, and how to sustain program benefits as children grow older. Read the entire ASPE Research Brief



Maine’s Childhood Poverty

portland-press-herald_3787212One in five Mainers under the age of 18 (20.9 percent) lives in poverty. The same is true for more than one in four children under the age of 5 (26.9 percent). That means a quarter of all infants, toddlers and preschoolers in the state live in extreme need through no fault of their own. These are shocking figures. Behind the numbers are children without enough to eat; some without a place to live. The stress of living in poverty at such an early age can leave lifelong scars, just like the ones left by abuse. This is a problem not just for poor children and their parents, but also for our entire society. Continue reading..



Raising Smart, Healthy Kids in Every State

cover_thumbRaising Smart, Healthy Kids in Every State, a report developed by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and eight partner organizations about the benefit of President Obama’s plan to use an increased tax on cigarettes to pay for expanded early childhood education. President Obama’s proposal would ensure that 2 million low- and moderate-income children have access to high-quality preschool — and it would prevent 1.7 million kids from becoming smokers later in life. Read more at



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