On June 24, New America released a report describing efforts to expand and improve early education in Maine: Building Systems in Tandem – Maine’s State and Local Initiatives to Improve Outcomes for Children by David Jacobson. Find the report here.
The report describes the efforts of 13 Maine schools who, in collaboration with partners within their communities, have crafted and begun to implement First 10 plans designed to better support children and their families from birth through the first 10 years of children’s lives by attending to all domains of development, wrap around supports, parenting skills, and transitions across early learning experiences.
Maine DOE sought the help of the report author, David Jacobson, through a Preschool Expansion Grant obtained in 2014. Jacobson leads the First 10 initiative at Education Development Center. A list of the 13 Maine school communities and a summary of the project can be found here.
Simultaneously, while the 13 communities were developing their plans, a team composed of specialists from Maine DOE, Maine DHHS, and CDS formed to learn more about First 10 Schools and Communities, other national models, and strategies in which state level administration can engage to support this work at the local level. Findings from Maine’s work in this area are included in this report along with next steps.
The State Team members from Maine DOE, Maine DHHS, and CDS continue to meet to explore how to expand on this work. Questions may be directed to Lee Anne Larsen, Maine DOE Early Learning Team Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.