The Maine Department of Education has compiled the following resources related to public preschools as part of our commitment to supporting Maine's learning community.
- Early Learning in Maine. Based on the need to share and maximize resources, ensure consistent quality of programming and better serve high-needs children and their educators, the Maine DOE and Maine Department of Health and Human Services have laid the groundwork for coordinated management of the variety of early learning and development programs they oversee through the State Agency Interdepartmental Early Learning team (SAIEL).
- Geographic Map of Maine's Public Preschool Programs. Public preschools are in operation across the State of Maine.
- Leading Early Childhood Learning Communities: What Principals Know and Should be Able to Do. This resource is provided by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Call 1-800-NAESP to order.
- Maine Children’s Growth Council. A collection of useful information to support and advance the work of the Maine Children’s Growth Council. Includes the most recent “Invest Early in Maine” Comprehensive State Plan.
- Recommended Quality Standards of Program Practice. These quality standards are based on national research and input from diverse early childhood groups and individuals throughout Maine.
- Center for Community Inclusion & Disability Studies. Works to ensure that all infants, preschoolers and children to age 12 have an opportunity to be cared for and educated in high-quality, inclusive community early care and education settings. This website includes useful "tipsheets" that cover the many topics that arise around child care settings, from developmentally-appropriate practices to child assessment to legal issues. The center also has telephone consultation, email support, on-site consultation staff development and training activities, and a resource library to help Maine child care providers when they have questions or concerns about the children for whom they are caring.
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- Child Care Tax Credits. Tax credits that may benefit families with young children.
- Finding Child Care. Types of child care available in Maine and tips for choosing child care.
- Child Care Facility Search. Statewide search for facilities in Maine
- Paying for Child Care. Ways to help families pay for child care.
- Literacy for ME: Maine’s Statewide Literacy Plan. Literacy for ME unifies the efforts of several state agencies and community groups as well as Maine’s public schools to provide direction and support to improve literacy achievement.
- Maine Association for the Education of Young Children (MAEYC). MAEYC compiles links to organization resources in Maine and neighboring New England affiliates as well links to Maine-based higher education and career resources.
- Maine Department of Health and Human Services. This State agency provides information on child care tax credits, finding local child care and paying for child care.
- Maine Home Visiting Programs. The Maine Bureau of Health administers the Healthy Families, Parents as Teachers and Parents Are Teachers, Too programs by providing grants to community agencies that maintain sites within each of Maine’s counties. This website provides information to parents, professionals and interested citizens about these programs, including where they are located, what they offer and how the programs are succeeding. You will also find parenting tips, timely facts and figures, and links to parent resources.
- Maine Parent Federation. This statewide nonprofit organization provides information, advocacy, education and training to parents and professionals to benefit all children. Find information about specific disabilities, parenting issues, education, services, support groups and other resources available to assist families and professionals within the home, school and community.
- Maine Roads to Quality. The Maine Roads Registry and Career Lattice is Maine’s child care and early education professional recognition system. As a registry member, you receive recognition for your experience working with children and families, your ongoing training and your educational accomplishments in early childhood education or related fields.
- Alliance for Early Success. The Alliance for Early Success aims to shift the odds for young children so they can grow up eager to learn and ready for success in life.
- American Academy of Pediatrics. A professional membership organization for pediatricians nationwide.
- Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). CLASP offers policy information and other publication resources for child care and early education.
- Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). A nationwide nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy and technical assistance on major educational issues. The council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses its views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress and the public.
- Education Commission of the States: PreK-3. A monthly dissemination of research and policy updates about developments within this grade span.
- Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. Police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, other law enforcement leaders and violence survivors take a hard-nosed look at crime prevention strategies, inform the public and policy-makers about those findings and urge investment in programs proven effective by research.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children. This website provides links to accreditation information, training opportunities and conferences, policy information, and research-based information related to early education and child care as well as guides to assist you in using such research in a child care setting.
- National Governors Association. The National Governors Association promotes state leadership, shares best practices and speaks with a unified voice on national policy. Explore under the “Center for Best Practices” dropdown subject menu: “Early Childhood.”
- National Institute for Early Education Research. This website compiles the latest preschool research and publications as well as state-by-state reports on preschool standards and resources. Research topics include assessment; economics and financing; accountability; outcomes; quality and curriculum; and special education.
- National Prekindergarten Center. The National Prekindergarten Center website provides a background and framework for how to build quality preschool programs. Covered topics range from early childhood education advocacy to research and technical assistance in implementing a quality preK program.
- National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. This website offers a scientific approach to understanding early childhood development for the not-so-scientific reader. From science to classrooms, this council translates current research into early learning contexts.
- Zero to Three. Informs, educates and supports adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers.