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.  

2019 Early Childhood Education Conference

Practice * Policy * Professionalism
Birth Through 8 Across the State

In October 2019, we are coming together for an early care and education conference. This two-day event will explore a wide range of topics for ECE professionals working with and on behalf of children birth through age 8, including education policy and advocacy.
Topics will include social and emotional development, learning through exploration and play, building resiliency, trauma-informed practices, continuity of care, deepening connections with children and families, early childhood mental health, inclusion and special education, working in multi-age settings, coaching and mentoring, and early childhood leadership. 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.

This statewide conference is brought to you by:

MaineAEYC, MRTQ PDN, Educare Central Maine, Head Start Directors and HEAD Start Collaboration Office of Maine, DOE, DHHS, Family Child Care Association of Maine


See you for next year’s Week of the Young Child

Saturday, April 11 - Friday, April 17, 2020


Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th


Cross Insurance Center, Bangor ME

Breakout session proposals are due Friday, June 14th. 


Early Childhood Day at the statehouse

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


9am-12pm on June 5, 2019


Hall of Flags, Maine State House, Augusta

Download this flyer with more information.


2019 Children’s Champions Awards will be presented to Senator Rebecca Millett and Rep. Sawin Millett, co-chairs of the Children’s Caucs.



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