Building Partnerships to Strengthen Maine Families
A.C.C.E.S.S. and "Public Policy"
One of the basic ideals that form the basis of A.C.C.E.S.S. is that it is of the utmost importance that the child care provider voice be heard by those who are making decisions that effect our work and the well being of those we care for.
PLEASE CHECK IN FREQUENTLY, AND WE'LL BE BRINGING YOU UPDATES ON WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE POLICY FRONT ON BOTH THE STATE AND NATIONAL LEVELS.
In response to feedback from our Community, to make this web site more effective, we now have two separate pages on public policy, this one which reflects what's going on in the State of Maine, and a Federal Public Policypage which reflects the work we are monitoring on the Federal Level.
To read the testimony provided by Ned McCann of the Maine Children's Alliance in support of replacing the State of Maine Funding for programs serving children and families in Maine, please click on the icon to the right.
If you would like to contact members of the Maine Legislature's Education, Health and Human Services, and/or Appropriations Committees (and/or the Legislative Leadership) you can download a list of these individuals along with links to their contact information by clicking on the icon to the left.)
One way we try to empower childcare providers and parents is to give them the tools to communicate with key Public Policy Makers.It is our philosophy that the state and federal governments should work for us.Towards that end, we want you to be able to stay in contact with your elected representatives in Augusta.If you don’t know who your State Senator or State Representatives are (and everyone in Maine has one of both) you can find out who are your folks and how to contract them by going to this web page: http://www.maine.gov/portal/government/edemocracy/lookup_voter_info
If you want more help in identifying or communicating with your state representatives, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, anytime.
In response to a couple of requests to clarify the whole budget and legislative process in Maine, we’ve put together this simple handout on the Legislative Process in Maine. To download a copy, please click on the icon to the right.