Maine Children's Alliance

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Maine has moved up to ninth place in the national rankings for child health and well-being, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book.

Maine Children's Alliance

Prenatal care and children's mental health are among areas of concern identified in the latest Maine Kids Count Data Book. According to the report produced by the Maine Children's Alliance, Maine's infant mortality rate is high, as is the number of children diagnosed with anxiety and depression. But the findings suggest that Maine has made progress in other areas.

A new report finds that 85 percent of children in Maine with young parents live in low-income households.

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Maine's early child care system is failing families, children, and providers, according to a new report by the Maine Women's Policy Center and the Maine Children's Alliance. 

The report, called "Investing in Our Future," concludes there's a lack of availability and high costs for infant care. 

Claire Berkowitz of the Maine Children's Alliance says increasing state funding for Head Start is one important step that would improve the situation.

PORTLAND, Maine - Infant mortality is on the rise in Maine, according to the Maine Children's Alliance Annual Kids Count data released Monday. 

Executive Director Claire Berkowitz says from 2005 to 2015, the rate of infant deaths per thousand births rose from 5.6 to 6.7, "a troubling indicator that isn't just about the well-being of babies, but it's about the well-being of a community."

Berkowitz says the increased rate likely signals larger problems, such as lack of access to health care for women, as well as issues with education and poverty.

Early Childhood Education

Sep 26, 2016
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Building evidence shows that early childhood education is vital to laying a strong foundation for the next generation. How is Maine providing for ECE? We'll discuss lack of funding and access to childcare, new approaches in early childhood education, and the increased role that educators have to play in today's society.

Guests:  Ed Cervone, executive director, Educate Maine 

Rita Furlow, Senior Policy Analyst, Maine Children's Alliance (from Augusta studio)

Kate Brockett, teacher, RSU 1 in Bath

LEWISTON, Maine - The percent of Maine children with incarcerated parents is more than the national average and the highest in New England.

A report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that 8 percent of the state's kids have a mom or dad who has spent time in jail or prison.

The executive director of the Maine Children's Alliance, Claire Berkowitz, says that's 20,000 kids. "It's traumatic to them, at the same level of divorce or domestic violence, abuse, and substance abuse."