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Publications for families from UMaine Extension

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For moms and dads: blogs, etc.

Additional resources for families in Maine

State-wide

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  • Programs for Kids
    Maine Discovery Museum: Offering a schedule of drop-in activities for children of all ages.
    Operation Military Kids: Provides youth program opportunities for school age, middle school and teenaged youth and connects them to support resources where they live.
    Cooperative Extension 4-H Program: A learning-by-doing program, kids can participate in clubs, special-interest groups, overnight camping, day camps, school enrichment and after-school programs.
    5210 Let’s Go!: Offers information on the importance of healthy eating and active living in children.
  • Support
    211 Maine: A comprehensive statewide directory of over 8,000 health and human services available in Maine.
    American Academy of Pediatrics: Dedicated to the health and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
    Born Learning: Helping parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn every day moments into fun learning opportunities.
    Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program: Offering information to reduce the risk of lead poisoning in children.
    University of Maine Cooperative Extension: Contact your county office to see get information about local resources and information that are available to you.
    University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion & Disability Studies: Enhancing the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families in Maine and beyond.
    G.E.A.R. Parent Network: Offers encouragement for parents through support group meetings and by telephone, information on resources, workshops on topics of interest, and local conferences.
    Maine Department of Health and Human Services: Connects individuals and families to a wide variety of programs and services throughout Maine, with the goal of keeping Maine people healthy and leading productive lives.
    Maine Home Visiting Programs: A program where trained visitors come to parents and share new and helpful ways to parent.
    Maine Kids-Kin: Provides services to grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings and other family members who are raising relatives’ children.
    Maine Parent Federation: Offering workshops, newsletters, a library of reading material, online trainings, and help finding resources for parents.
    National Women’s Law Center: Provides a number of different resources to women with childcare, employment and legal issues.
    Raising Maine: Connecting mothers across the state, and offering a subscription to the monthly Raising Maine magazine.
    Raising Readers: Encourages reading and promotes literacy by providing Family Practice and Pediatric providers in Maine new books to give at well child visits from 2 months to 5 years.
    The Daily Parent: Promotes early literacy in children.
    The Maine Humanities Council: Promotes strong communities and informed citizens by providing Mainers with opportunities to explore the power and pleasure of ideas.

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Androscoggin County

Aroostook County

Cumberland County

Franklin County

Hancock County

  • Downeast Health Services, Inc: Education, home visiting, WIC, dental clinic, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and other programs for families and young children.
  • Senior Companion Program: Individuals age 55 and older serve as volunteers providing companionship to homebound adults.

Kennebec County

  • Children’s Center of Augusta: Providing services to children with disabilities, including case management, occupational, physical, speech/language, and developmental therapies, preschool services, and parent education.
  • Kennebec Valley Community Action Program: Providing services to families and parents, such as home visiting and parenting classes.
  • Senior Companion Program: Individuals age 55 and older serve as volunteers providing companionship to homebound adults.

Knox County

Lincoln County

  • Home Counselors, Inc: Case management, counseling for families, and supervised family visitation services.
  • Senior Companion Program: Individuals age 55 and older serve as volunteers providing companionship to homebound adults.

Oxford County

  • Child Health Center: Education for young parents, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and preschool services.
  • Senior Companion Program: Individuals age 55 and older serve as volunteers providing companionship to homebound adults.

Penobscot County

Piscataquis County

Sagadahoc County

  • Home Counselors, Inc: Case management, counseling for families, and supervised family visitation services.
  • Senior Companion Program: Individuals age 55 and older serve as volunteers providing companionship to homebound adults.

Somerset County

  • Children’s Center of Augusta: Providing services to children with disabilities, including case management, occupational, physical, speech/language, and developmental therapies, preschool services, and parent education.
  • Kennebec Valley Community Action Program: Providing services to families and parents, such as home visiting and parenting classes.
  • Senior Companion Program: Individuals age 55 and older serve as volunteers providing companionship to homebound adults.

Waldo County

Washington County

York County

  • CareLink: Helping parents access affordable, quality child care.
  • Parent Resource Center: Providing information and referrals for child care services, parenting classes, parent support groups, one-on-one parent education, and the Family Access Program.
  • Senior Companion Program: Individuals age 55 and older serve as volunteers providing companionship to homebound adults.
  • Southern Maine Parent Awareness: Information, support, and training for families of children with disabilities.

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