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Governor Mills signs into law LD 1712 to increase access to quality, affordable child care in Maine

Thank you to Governor Mills and everyone who supported increased access to quality, affordable child care in Maine! Yesterday, Governor Mills signed into law LD 1712 that seeks to replicate a successful program in Somerset County modeled after

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Starting Strong News & Advocacy Update June 2021

The Starting Strong/Portland Works for Kids News Update aggregates information about advocacy efforts, partner updates, useful tools and resources, as well as recent media on the subjects affecting early childhood care and education, including the progress on two important

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Report: More Than 40% Of Maine Childcare Centers Are Operating At A Deficit, Urgent Relief Needed

A new report takes a look at the challenges facing the state’s childcare industry a year into the pandemic, and why things might look more promising in the months ahead. On June 6, Maine Public Radio reporter, Robbie Feinberg,

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Op-ed by Lily Hanstein: Investing in child care is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss

Thank you to Starting Strong partner and member of Women United, Lily Hanstein, for voicing her support for child care reform. Her op-ed was published by the Portland Press Herald on 4/22. Here is an excerpt: “Despite the hefty

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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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