New ECE Policy Leadership Program in Maine

MaineAEYC has announced the creation of the ECE Policy Leadership Program to support Maine’s budding early childhood advocates!

Join a cohort of 15-20 early childhood professionals to learn best practice and strategies in speaking about the most pressing, critical early childhood issues. We will improve our communication strategies and shape our stories of early childhood education to persuade decision-makers and spread messages statewide.

As an ECE Representative, you will have the opportunity to set up events and activities, lead program visits, speak with administrators and legislators, attend hearings, and organize other educators and community members. The program will build your leadership skills, with a focus on policies and practices that improve the lives of young children (birth through age 8), their families, and the ECE profession. 2019 is our pilot year, giving you both the opportunity to earn up to 30 hours of professional learning and to help shape the future of the program.

Staff: Tara Williams, ECE Policy Leadership Program Coordinator, 207.274.1478, 

Childcare, Mileage, and Substitute Reimbursements: We will provide reimbursements for mileage and child care needs for in-person meetings. We’ll also reimburse substitute costs to your program or school should you attend a week day event or meeting. 

Meetings & Events:  Don’t forget to mark your calendar!

Conference Call Meetings (Mondays 7:30-8:30pm)

  • February 4th, March 18th, April 22nd, May 20th, June 17th, August 5th, September 23rd, October 21st 

ECE Policy Leadership Program Workshop Day

  • March 2nd, 9am-3pm, location TBD

Possible Events (as your schedules allows) 

  • February 24th-26th, NAEYC Policy Forum in DC
  • April 6th or 27th, Week of the Young Child festivals
  • June 5th, ECE Day at the State House
  • October 4th-5th, ECE Conference & Policy Forum

Roles and Responsibilities:  Please review the ECE Representative Roles & Responsibilities form. If you have any concerns that you may not be able to meet the requirements of the program, please give Tara a call to chat. We will be signing them upon acceptance into the program. 

ECE Policy Leadership Program  2019 Application deadline is January 18th