Our Childcare Team focuses on the lack of affordable care in Maine. The Team surveyed parents and child care providers on their experiences with the Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP, or “voucher program”).

Every April, our Childcare Team co-hosts an annual Week of the Young Child event in collaboration with the Maine Association for the Education of Young Children and other organizations.

In 2017, Childcare Team members were part of a group of Food AND Medicine members who were invited to meet with Senator Susan Collins. During this meeting, they asked her to co-sponsor a bill submitted by Senator Angus King, the Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act of 2017. After speaking with the group and listening to a personal story by a FAM staff member, Senator Collins decided to sign on as a co-sponsor of the bill. Senator King indicated in early 2019 that he would reintroduce the bill again this year.

If you have questions and/or want to get involved, contact Food AND Medicine at 989-5860 or fam@foodandmedicine.org.