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The Maine Children’s Alliance (MCA) provides nonpartisan leadership by promoting and advocating for public policies that benefit Maine’s children. They collaborate with partners and provide policymakers with comprehensive data and information about the status and well-being of Maine’s children.

State Allies:

Maine Children's Alliance • August, ME
Top Priorities for 2021

Improve child health by increasing access to preventative and comprehensive health services for low-income children under Medicaid/EPSDT.

Advocate for Maine to adopt the Help Me Grow model to improve screening, identification, and coordination of health and early intervention services for young children.

Advocate for the administration and legislature to prioritize children’s social-emotional development and mental health needs during public health crisis.

Advocate for resources for an early childhood system to support children and their parents during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

Maine’s 2020 Early Childhood Policy Landscape and Progress:

Estimated FY20 State General Fund Expenditures

House (D), Senate (D)
Governor (D)

46,777 Young Children (0-8) are Below 200% FPL

Maine’s legislative session adjourned on March 17 in response to COVID-19. A stripped-down supplemental budget was quickly enacted during the session’s final days. The legislature reconvened in August to vote on the hundreds of remaining bills, including early childhood education bills.

*Early childhood policy progress in a state is the result of numerous efforts — by those listed on this page and many others — who worked both independently and collaboratively to achieve wins for young children.

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The Alliance for Early Success 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Policy expands state data (disaggregating low-income young children by race) and provides high-level state policy trend analysis for the nation as a whole. Click the icon to download the report.

State Budget Data: National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), “Table 4: Fiscal 2020 State General Fund, Estimated (Millions); The Fiscal Survey of the States.” Spring, 2020

Low-Income Data (including disaggregation by race): National Center for Children in Poverty, “NCCP Analysis of ACS 1-year Estimates—Public Use Microdata Sample, 2019.”

State Action Data: Provided by state advocates, October-November 2020, with analysis and synthesis by Frontera Strategy for Alliance for Early Success, “Protecting Progress and Investing in Scale: The 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Education Policy.”

Additional State Actions: Mincic, Melissa,  Early Care and Education, State Budget Actions, Fiscal Year 2020. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), October 2020. 


The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Maine early childhood state policy.

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