In partnership with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), MaineAEYC is committed to developing a system of quality early care and education (birth to 8) and supporting appropriate regulatory, governance, finance, and accountability mechanisms. To achieve these goals, MaineAEYC informs members and friends about local, state, and federal policies and advocates on behalf of the early care and education workforce and young families.
Early Childhood Education Policy Leadership Program
We welcomed 15 early childhood professionals into the 2019 ECE Policy Leadership Program this winter. The ECE Representatives are learning best practice and strategies in speaking about the most pressing, critical early childhood issues. We will improve our communication strategies and shape our stories of early childhood education to persuade decision-makers and spread messages statewide.
Throughout the year, ECE Representatives will have opportunities to set up events and activities, lead program visits, speak with administrators and legislators, attend hearings, and organize other educators and community members.
Right from the Start Coalition
Right from the Start is a broad coalition dedicated to educating the public and policy makers and guiding legislative and administrative action on matters pertaining to early care and education for ages 0-8. The Coalition seeks to ensure access to high quality programming for children and families and to develop and advance the profession for educators. The coalition leadership includes a core set of founding organizations, including the Maine Association for the Education of Young Children (MaineAEYC), Maine Children’s Alliance, Council for a Strong America (including Fight Crime: Invest In Kids, ReadyNation and Mission: Readiness), Maine Community Action Association, and the Maine Head Start Directors Association.
MaineAEYC educators and families are important to grassroots efforts, and we encourage our members to stay informed and engaged with government representatives at all levels.