Changes to Maine’s Community of Practices

Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network (MRTQ PDN) has been supporting the development of Communities of Practice in all regions within Maine.   The formation of the Communities of Practice group taps into existing provider groups, groups with a specific early childhood focus and/or support for forming groups to bring those in the early care and education field together.  A facilitator is contracted by MRTQ PDN and groups are given opportunities for networking, topical information sharing and/or elective training.

Like so much of our professional and daily life, COVID-19 has impacted the established face-to-face Communities of Practice. As of 3/16/2020, all Communities of Practice (CoP) meetings are happening via Zoom video conferencing. In response to provider requests, MRTQ PDN has added new CoPs and increased the frequency of others.  You can find the the complete updated list of these FREE offerings HERE.

Here’s some highlights about the new CoP meetings ~

NEW Statewide CoP –  Well-being in the Time of Social Distancing and COVID- 19

We know this is a challenging and confusing time for all of us.  MRTQ PDN is offering a weekly CoP focusing on health and well-being during this difficult time which is open to anyone who wants to register. In April, weekly on Wednesdays via Zoom from 1:00 – 2:30 pm. There is a limit of 20 registrants each week.  Register Here
This is a chance for us to share our thoughts and feelings about what is happening in our programs, in our relationships with kids and families, and most of all to offer a listening ear and compassion to each other. The facilitators will have resources to share that you can pass along to staff and families.  

Facilitated by: Jennifer (Jen) Maeverde ((207) 581-1382 –jennifer.maeverde@maine.edu) & Marnie Morneault ((207) 240-9135 – marnie.morneault@maine.edu

Both Jen and Marnie have education and experience supporting mental health and well-being with kids and adults.  Jen’s background is in early childhood mental health.  As a clinician, Jen has worked with kids and families in many mental health settings.  Marnie’s background is in special education specifically working with children with emotional disturbance and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

We will make adjustments to the CoP as we go along and learn more about what is needed from the community.  We want you to know we are here for you. Join us if you can.

“Hi 🙂 If you don’t know me, my name is Jen Maeverde. I am one of the District Coordinators at Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network. I work with providers all over the state to support social and emotional teaching practices, problem solve situations of challenging behavior, create inclusive settings for kids with mental health and behavioral challenges, and to support all of you in your own stress management and wellness. During this unpredictable and challenging time, I wanted to reach out and offer my support in any way that would be helpful to you. I’ll be taking calls, answering email and having video chats with anyone who is interested. Of course, you can reach out to me at any time: jennifer.maeverde@maine.edu and I’ll also be dedicating time during the week to connect with folks. For the month of April, I’ll be available on Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:30 and from 12:30 to 2:00. If you’d like to schedule a time to talk or video conference on Thursdays at these times, please send me an email. Best, Jen”

NEW – All as One
(Cumberland, Kennebec, Piscataquis, Somerset and York Counties)

Center based, Family, and Out-of-School Time Child Care practitioners from Cumberland, Kennebec, Somerset, Piscataquis, and York Counties. 

Meets weekly on Thursdays for 3 weeks (then reassess) at the following times:

6:30 – 7:30 am  Register here

12:30 – 1:30 pm  Register here

6:30 – 7:30 pm  Register here

Each meeting is followed by an hour of time in which practitioners can set up private meetings with the facilitators: Tammy Dwyer ((207) 956-2937 – tammy.dwyer@maine.edu) / Diane Hancock ((207) 560-7325 – diane.hancock@maine.edu) / Robin Holman ((207) 956-2410 – robin.holman@maine.edu)

NEW – Midcoast Regional (Lincoln, Knox, Sagadahoc, and Waldo Counties)

Center based and Family Child Care practitioners from Lincoln, Knox, Sagadahoc, and Waldo Counties.  

In April, weekly on Tuesdays via Zoom, 1:30-2:30 pm.  Register here

Facilitator: Lee Lingelbach ((207) 233-5821 – lee.lingelbach@maine.edu

NEW – Open CoP (Hancock and Penobscot Counties & Center based Directors from Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Washington Counties)

Center based and Family Child Care practitioners in Hancock and Penobscot Counties & Center based Directors from Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Washington Counties. 
Wednesday, April 1st, via Zoom from 10am-11am.

Facilitator: Jamie Spencer ((207) 956-3066 – jamie.l.spencer@maine.edu)

NEW – Downeast Regional (Washington County)

Center based,  Family Child Care, and Out-of-School time practitioners throughout Washington County /  Mondays, April 6th and 20th, via Zoom at 6:00 pm. Facilitator: Theresa Fisk ((207) 956-2070 – theresa.fisk@maine.edu)

Again all CoP meetings continuing to meet will be by Zoom. Following are other changes to existing CoP meetings:

License-Exempt practitioners (family, friend and neighbor care) in Androscoggin County is on hold at this time . Contact the facilitator: Marnie Morneault ((207) 240-9135 – marnie.morneault@maine.edu) for questions and support.


The Caribou, Houlton, and Presque Isle Center based and Family Child Care practitioners CoPs will meet together via Zoom on Wednesday, April 8th, at 6:30. Facilitator: Cathy Bohls ((207) 473-0062 – crbohls@gmail.com)


August Out-of-School Time Child Care practitioners see the new All as One CoP above.

Statewide Family Child Care (online) see the new All as One CoP above.

Skowhegan (Somerset County) Center based and Family Child Care practitioners see the new All as One CoP above.

Kennebunk – Saco (York County) Center based and Family Child Care practitioners see the new All as One CoP above.