Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Children, Youth and Families

Early Reading First

Muskie School staff, collaboratoring with Portland Public Schools, Head Start (PROP), St. Elizabeth's Child Development Center, and Preble Learning Center, created preschool centers of excellence by providing intensive professional development in early literacy to teachers of children at risk for reading failure. Part of "Good Start, Grow Smart," the preschool component of "No Child Left Behind," the project used an in-classroom coaching model to ensure the implementation of a scientifically-based early literacy curriculum. Every week early literacy coaches in the classroom modeled and provided feedback to teachers implementing this curriculum.


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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