Program Updates

Three Initiatives with One Goal

Where it all started

In 2021, The Maine Children’s Cabinet set a goal to integrate and align maternal and early childhood programs and services to better serve Maines young children and families. In order to meet this goal, three initiatives were set to launch.

  • Implement the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS)
  • Expand developmental screening
  • Implementation of the national Help Me Grow Model in Maine.

In addition, S.P. 533 – L.D. 1712 An Act to Support Children’s Healthy Development and School Success was passed into law.

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Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS)

The ECCS is a program that will increase statewide access to integrated, effective, culturally appropriate, evidence-based early intervention practices and services during the prenatal and early childhood period (P-3).

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Developmental Screening

Maine DHHS is working with the Children’s Cabinet and the Cabinet’s Early Intervention Workgroup to implement the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) online system to improve access to developmental screening for organizations working with children under the age of 5. The ASQ Online will be a part of Help Me Grow Maine.

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Help Me Grow (HMG) Maine

Help Me Grow Maine connects you to information and services about child development and community resources. In partnership with 2-1-1 Maine, any parent, caregiver, or provider can call for support.

To learn more about these initiatives please visit the  2021 Maine Children’s Cabinet Report (PDF) and State of Maine S.P. 533 – L.D. 1712 

Program Updates

Come join us at our next webinar to further learn how each initiative is making progress. Missed it? Don’t worry! All webinars are recorded and available for your viewing when it’s convenient for you.

Recordings are posted within 24 to 48 business hours after the session concludes. You must register to get access to the recording. Registration does not have to be before the event occurs.

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Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems & Help Me Grow Webinar

If you wish to be notified on when the next webinar is, email us at helpmegrow@maine.gov .

Collaborating Partners Advisory Group (CPAG)

A happy toddler boy hiding behind a treeMeeting Agendas and Notes

Collaboration and Adaptive Leadership

Next Meeting:

  • Date: August 2, 2022 – 11am-1pm EST (Zoom)

Upcoming opportunities to engage in work groups associated with the CPAG

  1. CradleME Referral Form Work Group: Join us to review and provide suggestions/edits on the CradleME referral form with Tammy Hatch, RN and her team. This will be one, one hour meeting with the opportunity for further discussion if needed.
  2. Maine Medical Association Modules on Care Coordination in Maine focused on Families, Caregivers and Children, 0 through 8 Work Group: Join us for two, two-hour long work groups to review the care coordination training modules that are currently being updated. These will happen once in June and once in July. Feel free to attend one or both work groups.

If you wish to be notified and/or invited to the next session, please contact Ashley Olen, BSN, RN at Ashley.olen@maine.gov

The Department of Health and Human Services does not provide certificates for attendance.

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