Educate Maine’s Newest Program: Project>Login

A first-of-its-kind initiative, Project>Login is a collaboration between Educate Maine and the University of Maine System and is funded by Bangor Savings Bank, Eastern Maine Health Systems, IDEXX, Maine Medical and Maine Health, TD Bank North, Unum and WEX. At the Project>Login webiste, find information about careers in Computer Science & Information Technology, resources to help middle and high school students prepare for these degree programs, and paid internship and job opportunities.

How poverty influences a child’s brain development

“At first impression, the two groups of children were hard to tell apart: just regular kindergarten kids from different neighbourhoods in Kamloops, B.C. Yet, when they came to Clyde Hertzman’s mobile lab to participate in a province-wide population study five years ago, their young brains revealed a striking contrast.”

Please read this story from our neighbors in Canada. For many years we have known this is a national movement but clearly the importance of early childhood brain development goes beyond our borders…

America’s Edge releases new report, “Boosting Maine’s Economy: Short- and Long-Term Economic Gains through Quality Early Learning.”

On January 24, 2013, America’s Edge (AE) members Dana Connors, Bob Moore and Meredith Strang Burgess participated in a Portland press conference, releasing AE’s newest report, “Boosting Maine’s Economy: Short- and Long-Term Economic Gains through Quality Early Learning.” Meredith, Bob and Dana, along with AE National Director Susan Gates helped release this important report. “Supporting quality early learning programs throughout Maine is not just good for our kids, it is good for our businesses,” said Meredith Strang Burgess. “In fact, every dollar invested in early care and education in Maine generates a total of $1.78 in economic activity in our state in the form of sales of local goods and services. That helps Maine in the short-term. In the long-term, the return on investment from high-quality early education is one of the best I’ve ever seen.”

Watch WCSH’s reporting

According to the recent report from America’s Edge, Maine businesses are experiencing a very real “skills gap.” A recent analysis projects 26,000 new high-wage and growth jobs in Maine over 10 years, but significant skills gaps are forecast because of the state’s mismatch between worker skills and labor demand. This will result in a shortage of over 1,500 associate’s degree workers in information and computer technology; over 1,000 unfilled machinists positions; and 4,000 high-wage jobs going unfilled over the next 10 years.

Read the report