Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Maine Roads to Quality Career Development Services

All of Maine's children will be in quality learning environments.

Maine Roads to Quality is the Early Care and Education Career Development Center for Maine. Established in 1999 by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, its purpose is to promote and support professionalism in the early care and education field.

In 2006, nearly 10,000 people in the state worked in the early care and education field, but only about 25 percent held a credential in early childhood education or a related field. Maine Roads to Quality works in partnership with Maine's Resource Development Centers as well as Maine's Higher Education System to promote professional development opportunities throughout the state.

The Maine Roads Scholarship Program improves access to higher education and removes financial barriers by providing scholarships to support child care and early education providers in Maine pursuing a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, an Associate's degree, a Bachelor's degree, or a Master's degree (including Wheelock College, Portland site).

The Maine Roads Accreditation Facilitation Project provides information, support and technical assistance to early care and education sites seeking accreditation through the National Association for Family Child Care Providers, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (for center-based programs), or the Council on Accreditation (for school-age programs).

Project Goals

  • Promote the quality of child care and early education.
  • Address the training and education needs of child care and early education professionals.
  • Develop multiple ways for professionals to achieve their career goals.
  • Increase access to early childhood education.
  • Increase links between training and formal education.
  • Recognize and reward professionalism.
  • Increase the number of accredited centers and family child care homes.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the career development system.
  • Collaborate with and unite partners to achieve the above.

Project Services

  • Administer the Career Lattice and Registry, a system that tracks employment, education and training.
  • Deliver 180 hours of articulated training.
  • Manage a trainer approval system.
  • Deliver a Child Care Leadership Institute consisting of 30 hours of training in Human Resource Management, Financial Management, Administration and Supervision, and Leadership.

For more information go to the project website: Maine Roads to Quality

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

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

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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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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