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Join Us! New Child Care Business Lab

We are excited to announce the launch of a new Child Care Business Lab geared toward opening an in-home family child care in greater Portland! This opportunity is a partnership between the United Way of Southern Maine, CEI,

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Portland Parent Group Guest Speaker Series on Thurs. 3/31 & Thurs. 4/14

Join Us for the Starting Strong Portland Parent Group Guest Speaker Series! Free! Open to all! MARCH 31: Virtual meeting via Zoom at 7pm Link to join meeting: https://bit.ly/startingstrongparents GUEST SPEAKER: Eamonn Dundon, Director of Advocacy at the

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2022 Priority Activities for Starting Strong’s Portland Works for Kids

Portland Works for Kids convenes local leaders and stakeholders, shares resources, combines efforts, and collects local data to help identify specific areas of need and inform strategies. In August 2020, we developed a policy agenda with overall strategies

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Funding for child care, harbor pilots among priorities at forum on how to use Portland’s pandemic aid

Thank you to Randy Billings for this in-depth article published in The Portland Press Herald on September 14, 2021. The article explains how the City of Portland is soliciting input from the community on how best to use

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New tool to help navigate the child care system

Finding quality, affordable child care that works for families can feel as likely as winning the lottery. It’s hard even knowing where to start. To help, the City of Portland’s Office of Economic Opportunity has created a Child

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Parents & Caregivers Wanted to Join Our Parent Council!

Established in early 2020 to expand our parent engagement efforts, the Starting Strong Parent Council brings parents from diverse, primarily immigrant backgrounds together to share their experiences and inform our work.  Parent Council members are parents or caregivers who want to help

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New Video Highlights Needed Changes in Childcare System

High quality affordable childcare is vital for children, working families, and our community. Unfortunately, the system is broken and our new video helps illustrate the challenges and the short- and long-term changes needed to help support families, early

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Portland’s New Hazard Pay a Hardship For Early Care Providers and Other Businesses

In November, Portland voters approved a 50 percent raise in the city’s minimum wage, to $18 an hour, for people who continue in-person work during a publicly declared emergency. While the law is unclear exactly when this would

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Partner of the Month: Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine

Starting Strong is happy to partner with The Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine in this years’ Talking is Teaching campaign. Since 2017 Starting Strong has worked to increase the number of partners who engage as “trusted messengers”

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We all Play a Role in Childhood Literacy by Pam Leo, published in the Portland Press Herald: 3/2/20

Starting Strong is proud to have Pam Leo and her Book Fairy Pantry Project as a partner. Over the years, Pam has contributed to many of Starting Strong’s workgroups and programs. She is a passionate advocate for early

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