Links to Maine Initiatives

Educare Learning Network
The Educare Learning Network is a partnership between the Ounce of Prevention Fund, the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, and other national philanthropies and public-private partners in more than a dozen states across America. Together, we form a coast-to-coast network of Educare Schools.

The Educare team—a national staff housed at the Ounce, The Buffett Foundation and more mature Educare Schools—help develop new partnerships among like-minded individuals who want to create Educare Schools in their communities. Each Educare School serves as a catalyst for change—leveling the academic playing field for very young children at risk for school failure while also firing the imaginations of key decision-makers in the worlds of early childhood practice and policy.

MaineSpark is a 10-year commitment from Maine’s most influential education and business leaders to work together to ensure that Maine’s workforce is productive and competitive.  MaineSpark organizations connect people with the education, training, jobs, programs and resources needed to thrive in Maine’s robust and changing economy.  MaineSpark is powered by a coalition of organizations – schools and universities, nonprofits and foundations, government agencies and businesses – with a common goal: by 2025, 60% of Mainers will hold education and workforce credentials that position Maine and its families for success.

Maine Roads to Quality
Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network (MRTQ PDN) works with stakeholders across Maine to promote and support professionalism in the early care education field.  MRTQ PDN consists of a partnership between the Cutler Institute of Health and Social Policy at the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, and the University of Maine Department of Psychology.