Governor Janet Mills announced today, April 12, that her Administration will use a recently approved $24 million Federal grant to strengthen the State’s early childhood system for Maine children and families.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families will enhance a variety of early childhood services for Maine children aged 5 or younger. These will include expanded outreach and programming to families with young children, pilot projects to make Pre-K more accessible, professional development for early childhood educators, and financial support for child care providers to improve their program offerings. The grant will also support the development of an Early Childhood Integrated Data System to help make data-driven decisions about programs and policies to benefit Maine children.
From Gov. Mills:
Early childhood programs prepare Maine kids for bright, healthy futures and help parents stay in the workforce. This Federal grant will build on the significant work my Administration is doing to expand the availability of these crucial programs, along with much needed child care and Pre-K options across the state. Strengthening Maine’s early childhood system is good for children, working families, and our economy.
More at Maine.gov.