In Maine, the Alliance Effect is reducing suspensions from preschool programs.
Our advocacy ally in Maine, Maine Children’s Alliance, set its sights on the state’s high preschool expulsion rate. The Alliance funded ZERO TO THREE and Ounce of Prevention to collaborate on a report for the state, and engaged the National Center for Children in Poverty to collect the data. The Alliance also connected Maine to advocates in Connecticut, Colorado, and Arkansas who were working on early childhood mental health consultation. It led to a new 2019 law that is providing social emotional support and —most important— preventing suspensions and expulsions.