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Our Mission and Vision

Cabinet Mission

To provide cross-agency coordination, and program and policy development with a common mission -- to measurably improve the well being of Maine’s children, youth, and families through evidence-based practices and strength-based approaches to positive child and youth development.

Vision

Based upon the belief that children’s needs are best met within the context of relationships in the family and community, our vision for children is focused in three parts:

  • The value we place on children and youth…
    • Children respected, safe and nurtured in their communities;
    • Children succeeding in school and schools succeeding for children; and
    • Youth prepared to enter the work force.
  • The value we place on families...
    • Families having opportunities to work and play;
    • Families recognizing the rewards and responsibilities of raising children; and
    • Families living safe and healthy lives.
  • The value we place on communities...
    • Communities capable of meeting the needs of children and families in all of their diversity;
    • Communities creating collaborative partnerships;
    • Communities promoting and modeling clear standards of behavior; and
    • Communities keeping children and families at the heart of all decisions.

Desired Cross-Systems Outcomes

  1. Children respected, safe and nurtured in their communities.
  2. Children ready to enter school and schools ready for children.
  3. Children and youth succeeding in school and schools succeeding for children and youth.
  4. Youth succeeding in higher education.
  5. Youth prepared to enter the work force.
  6. Families having opportunities to work and play.
  7. Families recognizing the rewards and responsibilities of raising children.
  8. Families living safe and healthy lives.
  9. Communities capable of meeting the needs of children and families in all of their diversity.
  10. Communities creating collaborative partnerships.
  11. Communities promoting and modeling clear standards of behavior.
  12. Communities keeping children and families at the heart of all decisions
Working Together for Maine Children and Families