Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Early Childhood Care and 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 pre-K 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 which meets the needs of the child, the family, and the community.


Maine Roads to Quality LogoMaine Roads to Quality

Maine Roads to Quality is the Early Care and Education Career Development Network for Maine. Established in 1999, its purpose is to promote and support professionalism in the early care and education field.

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.

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UMO Educare Maine Evaluation Project

The Educare Evaluation is a partnership with University of Maine with Dr. Alan Cobo- Lewis and University of Southern Maine.  The evaluation work is done with Educare Central Maine, which is one of 21 Educare schools in the country, each with its own local evaluation partner.  The purpose of the study is to support the mission of Educare, which is a research-based program that prepares young at-risk children for school and which serves as a platform for quality early learning programming. The evaluation work consists of well known assessments with children, classroom observations, and staff and parent surveys.

Quality for ME Revision Project

Quality for ME is a four-step rating scale developed to rate child care programs based on quality standards. It is administered through Maine DHHS.

In July of 2014, the University of Maine, in partnership with the USM was contracted through DHHS to conduct a year-long study of the Quality of ME system. The goal of the study is to make recommendations to the Office of Child and Family Services for revisions to this system.


New Jersey's Manage By Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes

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This report, authored by Muskie School of Public Service researchers David Lambert and Julie Atkins, presents five strategies that organizations can follow to change their culture by moving toward data-driven decision making.

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Muskie Public Health Graduate Students Present at Maine CDC Conference

MPH graduate student Trevey Davis describing the academic program to a conference attendee at Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference.

The Muskie School of Public Service, Graduate Program in Public Health, and the Maine Public Health Institute exhibited at the Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference and the concurrent Immunization Annual Conference.  Practice faculty member, Judy Tupper, DHEd, CHES, CPPS and MPH graduate student Trevey Davis spoke with many of the 500 public health professionals attending the conferences.  In addition, Muskie Public Health Education Corps members Carissa Parent, Jacey Keller, and Nikki Busmanis, (MPH graduate students) presented a research poster based on their recent Lyme disease educational intervention pilot in Maine schools.  Dr. Tupper also presented a poster regarding the results of the online training pilot program for Maine EMS personnel on the topic of infection control and prevention.  Educating Fifth Graders on Tick- and Mosquito-Borne Diseases and Prevention Methods" at the Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference.

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Justice Research

Cover: Maine Crime and Justice Data Book 2014

Using the most recent public safety, corrections, and court data available, the Maine Crime and Justice Data Book presents a portrait of the state's crime and justice indicators, including 10-year trends in Maine and comparisons with northern New England and the U.S. at large.

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