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.


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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