By Ramona du Houx
Senator Justin Alfond of Portland was recently appointed to the Maine Children’s Growth Council.
“We owe it our children to give them everything they need to be successful in life. From universal pre-K to high-quality early care, there’s no greater investment we can make than in our children,” said Alfond. “I’m proud to continue this important work on the Children’s Growth Council.”
The committee is made up of 33 members and was established by the Legislature along with the Baldacci administration in 2008 to be a resource and provide advice regarding young children and the Children’s Cabinet. It is tasked with adopting and updating a long-term plan for investment in healthy development of young children, monitoring and evaluating progress in accomplishing the plans goals, and to coordinate and consult with various government and nonprofit agencies on issues relating to early care, education and services to families.
The Maine Children’s Growth Council is also responsible for reviewing and addressing recommendations of legislative studies as they relate to young children.
“We know that a person’s brain is 80 percent developed by the time they’re three. Healthy development at early ages can set the foundation for healthy development for life,” said Alfond.