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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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Partner of the Month: Maine Families

Starting Strong’s mission is to help children in Portland read by age 8. Our work is cultivated by community partners that work closely with children. Together, we seek out easily accessible campaigns that have been proven to close

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Week of the Young Child School Readiness Parade and Festival

    On April 27th from 10:00-12:00PM Starting Strong, Maine AEYC, Northeast Hearing and Speech and many other Portland-based early learning organizations celebrated the Week of the Young Child. The festival started with a sidewalk parade from East End

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Starting Strong Hosts METRO Bus ‘Read In’ at East End School Festival on April 27 in Portland

PRESS RELEASE — PORTLAND, MAINE (April 17 , 2019) — Starting Strong will host a “read in” for young children on a Greater Portland METRO bus at the 5th Annual Week of the Young Child School Readiness Parade and Festival

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