Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Child Care Research and Data Capacity

Collaborating with the University of Maine in Orono, we investigated the impact of Child Care and Development Funds (CCDF) on helping low-income working parents maintain employment and achieve self-sufficiency, and improving the quality of care available and utilized by low-income working parents and at-risk families.

Completed Projects

Maine Child Care Research Partnership continued a series of evaluation and program monitoring projects in partnership with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) focusing on publicly-funded/subsidized child care services. Implementation of a quality rating system and performance monitoring of parent resource and referral services were two main goals of this project. In the second year we studied the differences in program quality between programs enrolled in the state DHHS Quality Rating System (QRS) and those not enrolled, the impact of federal Child Care and Development Funds on the quality of care available to and utilized by low-income working parents, and how programs assessing the developmental progress of infants and toddlers use that information for program improvement.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation nominates Pious Ali for the Lawrence W. O'Toole Award

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, Youth and Community Engagement Specialist in Cutler’s Children, Youth, and Families Programs, has been nominated for the Lawrence W. O’Toole Award by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Pious is one of six nominees from the New England states.

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation believes that student-centered learning – where learning is personalized, engaging, competency-based and not restricted to the classroom – will prepare young people to graduate high school ready to contribute to their communities and succeed. This award is given out each year to an individual, school district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in the New England region.

The winner will be selected by online voting and will be awarded a $100,000 grant to help advance student centered learning!


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MYTC 2014 Celebration

Colby Swettberg, May 2014, MYTC

Every year the Maine Youth Transition Collaborative brings together youth and adult partners from around Maine to celebrate the year's achievements and milestones.

MYTC’s fourth annual celebration dinner was held at the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern on May 13, 2014. Over seventy young adults, adult partners, professionals, legislators, adoptive families, and friends came together for an evening of fun, renewed connections, learning, and good food.

The importance of mentors in the lives of young people was the theme for the evening. The keynote speaker, Colby Swettberg, Executive Director of Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring in Boston, was introduced by Jacob Hills. Ms. Swettberg talked about what good mentor-mentee relationships look like for youth in foster care and led a discussion about best practices and challenges to bringing youth and mentors together.

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