I’m proud to be a part of a gaggle of enterprise leaders dedicated “to placing our cash the place our mouth is” on the problem of increasing high-quality early care and schooling. We’ve spent years – and our personal cash – exploring the way to broaden entry for Maine children in an economical method.
We first commissioned a study by Phil Trostel of the College of Maine to quantify the fiscal impacts and returns on funding that stream from high quality early childhood programming. Then, following intensive deliberations, we determined to associate with Educare Central Maine to pilot a lower-cost, community-based method that makes use of the most effective analysis and evidence-based programming. Skowhegan was selected because the pilot web site as a result of it has the very best focus of kid threat elements – poverty, baby abuse and neglect, home violence and lack of high-quality studying alternatives.
This system elevates early schooling to the very best in requirements and observe – thus positively impacting the infants and children in this system, their dad and mom and their baby care suppliers. Our Elevate Skowhegan pilot has been an enormous success. L.D. 1712 would broaden pilot initiatives like Elevate Maine to 5 extra Maine communities. It supplies an amazing alternative to construct on the success of this confirmed mannequin. This may inure to the advantage of Maine’s companies, our workforce, our households, our communities and – most significantly – our kids.