Founded in 1994, the Maine Children's Alliance (MCA) advocates for sound public policies to improve the lives of all Maine's children, youth and families. By collecting and analyzing data on children and their health, economic and educational status, MCA seeks to link research to practice and public policy. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization brings diverse groups together in coalitions that support policy initiatives that benefit children, providing oversight in state policy arenas and serving as a resource on children and family policy issues at the local and national levels.
MCA believes that all Maine children should have the economic necessities of life; that they should be safe healthy, nurtured emotionally and intellectually by a family and a community; and that they have the opportunity to reach their potential. Some of the work that MCA does on behalf of its mission includes:
- Compiling and producing the annual Maine KIDS COUNT report—the state’s premier source of data on the status and well-being of Maine’s children, youth and families
- Leading statewide efforts to improve EARLY CHILDHOOD SYSTEMS, including education, child care, health and development
- Collaborating with other groups in Maine and New England to support local and national efforts to REDUCE POVERTY among children and families