Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Early Childhood Education

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We conduct training, technical assistance, and applied research to inform early care and education practices at the national, state and local levels for state government, local schools and child care agencies, including Head Start and public preschool programs. The following projects illustrate our work in this area.

Current Projects

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Maine AfterSchool Network

The Maine AfterSchool Network (MASN) serves as a hub for collaborative efforts that will enable every child to have access to quality, inclusive, affordable afterschool programming that meets the needs of the child, the family, and the community.


Maine Roads to Quality LogoMaine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network

Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network works to promote and support prfessionalism in the field of early childhood education and to improve quality through the provision of a statewide system of professional development.

Maine Roads to Quality works with various partners across the state, including Maine’s Higher Education System, to promote professional development opportunities throughout the state.


The Early Care and Education Professional Development Network is comprised of:

  • Maine Roads to Quality (MRTQ) at the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at the University of Southern Maine
  • The University of Maine’s Developmental Psychology/Informatics Collaboration (DPIC)
  • The University of Maine’s Center for Community Inclusion and Disabilities Studies (CCIDS)