Maine DOE #ConnectKidsNow! Resources

#ConnectKidsNow! is a combined effort between the Maine Department of Education, the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, ConnectME, and business and philanthropic entities, that has secured internet access and devices to facilitate at home learning for 100 percent of Maine school children for whom there was a reported need.

Need was assessed by the Department of Education through several surveys of all traditional and non-traditional public schools and private schools who serve public students to understand the connectivity needs statewide. Of the 34,053 students statewide lacking connectivity, based on data from the 84 percent of schools that responded, 23,483 students needed a wireless contract, 3,219 students needed both a wireless contract and device, with 7,351 students needing only a device in order to have equitable access to online learning opportunities.

The need for universal connectivity was identified as the top priority of stakeholders across the state in terms of mitigating the impact from the COVID disruption. Teachers have been struggling to connect with the many students and families who do not have access to the internet. 

The Administration utilized federal funds, including a portion of Maine’s $9.3 million allocation from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, which was allocated through the federal CARES Act, as well as philanthropic donations, to purchase the devices and wireless service contracts to meet the identified need for universal connectivity for Maine students.

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Device Set Up & Management

Select from the options below to access resources for setting up and managing your chromebook or cellular enabled devices. 

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Cellular Service 

Check out the resources below to manage your cellular service for your tablets and hotspots. 

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Online Safety

Explore the resources below to learn more about how to stay safe when engaging in online and remote learning.

Brandi Cota
MLTI Project Manager