Our Work

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.

NEW Early Childhood Education Policy Leadership Program!

We are looking for early childhood teachers and leaders who work with children from birth to 3rd grade.
Applications are due January 18th (please write a couple sentences per question, keep answers short and simple). Email completed applications totara@maineaeyc.org.

Join a cohort of 15-20 early childhood professionals to learn 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.

As an ECE Representative, you will have the opportunity to set up events and activities, lead program visits, speak with administrators and legislators, attend hearings, and organize other educators and community members. The program will build your leadership skills, with a focus on policies and practices that improve the lives of young children (birth through age 8), their families, and the ECE profession. 2019 is our pilot year, giving you both the opportunity to earn up to 30 hours of professional learning and to help shape the future of the program.

ECE Policy Leadership Program Overview

Roles and Responsibilities

For more information or with questions contact:
Tara Williams, ECEPolicyLeadershipProgramCoordinator, 

Applications can be emailed to Tara anytime between now and January 18th.

Thank you for sharing this information with educators in your network!


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.

Download the Right from the Start, Early Childhood Advocacy Toolkit