Right from the Start Coalition

In an earlier post we introduced 3 groups that offer education and advice to the Department of Health and Human Services and the legislature. In this post we’d like to look at support for child care in Maine from the advocacy viewpoint.

Think child care and then think Police, American Heart, Chamber of Commerce, Equal Justice…….. What?

Supporting children and families is the work of the Right from the Start Coalition. This diverse coalition is working to ensure that all Maine children have equal opportunity for healthy development through advocacy efforts. Having a strong and sustainable early care system that is available for all Maine’s children is an important part of the work this coalition is engaged with. members of the coalition work together in many different ways. Skills and resources are shared bringing many different perspectives to the issues impacting the healthy development of Maine’s children.

Why is having this diverse group together important? Maine having a strong future means Maine needs its children to have a positive start, support along the way as they grow and a strong economy so they can afford to stay and thrive as adults. The partners in this coalition have roles that are important to different parts of the whole journey, but all understand the importance of that strong start for children. The value of the coalition to the children of Maine is why FCCAM is an Endorsing Partner.

LEADING PARTNERS
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Maine
Maine Association for the Education of Young Children
Maine Children’s Alliance
Maine Community Action Programs
Maine Head Start Directors Association
Mission: Readiness Maine
Ready Nation Maine

ENDORSING PARTNERS
American Heart Association, Maine
Community Caring Collaborative
Educare Central Maine
Educate Maine
Family Child Care Association of Maine
Maine Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics
Maine Chiefs of Police Association
Maine Children’s Trust
Maine Community Foundation
Maine Education Association
Maine Equal Justice Partners
Maine Resilience Building Network
Maine Sheriffs’ Association
Maine State Chamber of Commerce
Maine Women’s Lobby
United Ways of Maine
YMCA Alliance of Maine

SUPPORTING PARTNERS
Faith Linking in Action
Food AND Medicine
Kennebec Valley Organization
Maine Early Learning Investment Group (MELIG)
Maine Center for Economic Policy
Maine Montessori Association
Mid Maine Chamber of Commerce
United Way of Androscoggin County
United Way of Aroostook County
United Way of Eastern Maine
United Way of Greater Portland
United Way of Mid Coast Maine
United Way of Mid Maine
United Way of the Tri-Valley Area
United Way of York County

The 3 priorities guiding the work are:

  • Support and Value New Parents
  • Strengthen Early Care and Education
  • Bring Public Preschool to Scale

Advocacy is important to the improvement of the lives of children and families. Providing legislators’ and policymakers’ with facts/data from reliable sources helps their decisions to be informed. Providing facts/data to the right committees at the right time is advocacy at its best.

Right from the Start understands how important it is for the public to be engaged. How important it is for elected officials to hear directly from those working with children and families and from the families themselves. Right from the Start has a free early childhood advocacy toolkit available to help you learn how to frame your message and prepare yourself to advocate on policies important to you.

You can find a wealth of current data on what the landscape looks like for children and families in Maine on the data visualization page. To get into the site click on an area of interest and you will arrive at a menu listing and connected data.