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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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In the news: COVID crisis highlights need to rethink early care in Portland

Thank you to Tara Williams, executive director of the Maine Association for the Education of Young Children and a member of Portland Works for Kids, for, once again, making a compelling case for supporting early childhood care and

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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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In the news: Portland Works for Kids and partners featured in The Forecaster

Early education group tackling childcare accessibility Starting Strong’s Portland Works for Kids aims to find ways to make childcare more available and affordable. PORTLAND — Lori Moses, executive director of the Catherine Morrill Day Nursery, has a waiting

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