“No Small Matter” Film Screening

Open to the public, but must register to attend

No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education. Through poignant stories and surprising humor, the film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years, and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for American families, and a slow-motion catastrophe for the country. Visit to watch the trailer.

This film screening event is sponsored by Educate Maine, Starting Strong, the Maine Community Foundation, the Sam L. Cohen Foundation, The Bingham Program, and Community Health Options.

The premiere of “No Small Matter” in Maine is brought to you by the Right From the Start Coalition; a collaboration between MaineAEYC, Maine Children’s Alliance, Council for a Strong America, Maine Community Action Association, Maine Head Start Directors Association, and the ME Early Childhood Funders Group.

Early Childhood education Conference

Partners in Progress from Birth to 3rd Grade

Exploring the power of relationships with children, families, and colleagues

Join MaineAEYC and Maine Roads to Quality for our 2018 early childhood education conference. Explore topics such as building resiliency and trauma-informed practices; building community; social and emotional development; deepening connections with children, families, and colleagues; early childhood mental health; and inclusion and special education services. Discover how our knowledge of these topics facilitates early learning success in public and private K-3, preschool, and infant and toddler early care and education.

A certificate for 7 training hours will be issued to all participants.


October 18, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm


88 Bedford Street, Portland
Hannaford Hall, USM


October 27, 2018
8:00 am - 3:45 pm


Bowdoin College


Week of the Young Child™


Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children's earliest years in shaping their learning and development. Yet, never before have the needs of young children and their families been more pressing. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to recognize that children's opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment—at home, at child care, at school, and in the community—that will promote their early learning. Families depend on the high-quality early care and education that helps young children get a great start and brings lasting benefits to Maine.  

MaineAEYC plans to sponsor Week of the Young Child™ festivals in April 2019. Families with young children are invited to come enjoy these free community events and connect with educators and legislators.

NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child™ in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.


April 8-12, 2019



Early Childhood Day at the statehouse

Children’s activities, snacks, early childhood policy information, awards for Children’s Champions, opportunities for educators and parents to connect with legislators and tour the State House. Stay tuned for more information!


June 5, 2019





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