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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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Portland Works for Kids featured on WGAN morning show

Katie Soucy, Director of Starting Strong, talks about the launch of Portland Works for Kids, a community-wide initiative to support increased access to affordable, high-quality early childhood care and education. Listen here: https://wgan.com/morning-news/katie-soucy-starting-strong/

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Starting Strong and Talking is Teaching campaign in the news!

Thank you to reporter Michael Kelley @PressHerald for a wonderful article about Starting Strong’s Talking is Teaching campaign. Portland early reader program expands outreach Starting Strong’s Talking is Teaching campaign is being expanded to South Portland and Westbrook

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Spread the Word! Week of the Young Child School Readiness Celebration

Join us for the School Readiness Celebration as part of the Week of the Young Child. This event is FREE for families and will be held on Friday, April 3 from 4-7 pm at the Children’s Museum and Theater of

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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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Join Us! Week of the Young Child School Readiness Parade & Festival

April 27th, 10AM-12pm East End Beach and East End Community School 10am: Gather at the middle parking lot of East End Beach. Look for the Week of the Young Child banner. Costumes welcome. The first 150 children at

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Radio Interview with Starting Strong about Talking is Teaching

  If you missed it, listen to a conversation with Laurie Mack of Northeast Hearing & Speech Center, Inc., Justin Purvis and Matt Dubel, both of Portland Starting Strong, discussing the “Talking Is Teaching” campaign. The interview originally aired on Sunday, March 17

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Winter Newsletter 2019

Winter Newsletter 2019 Topics:  Reading Partners Expansion Upcoming Early Childhood Learning Workshop Universal Pre-K Access Birth-3 Screening Initiative Talking is Teaching  Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/2JKrdSP

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School Readiness and Portland Empowered

  Starting Strong is proud to support the work of Portland Empowered as one strategy towards greater parent engagement. Emily Thielman of Portland Empowered shares her thoughts after the  first cohort of early childhood Parent Ambassadors complete their training. 

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Portland ConnectED and Starting Strong – An Interview with Jennifer Burns

Jennifer Burns came to United Way of Greater Portland in 2014 as the Project Director for Starting Strong; she currently serves as Community Impact Senior Director, Education.  In this role she works with the Greater Portland community to

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