The Early stARTS project highlighted the importance of quality arts education for preschool age children and ensured an emphasis on arts education in early childhood programs in Maine. This program supported professional development of caregivers, parents, and educators by funding arts educators experienced in working with young children, to present a single workshop or a week-long residency at child care facilities in Maine.
Project URL: http://mainearts.maine.gov/program_artsineducation_starts.aspx
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State and Wabanaki Tribes Sign Truth and Reconciliation Mandate
On June 29, 2012, five Wabanaki Chiefs and Governor Paul LePage signed a Mandate document commencing the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine Maine child welfare practices affecting Wabanaki people.
The ceremony represents a historic agreement between Wabanaki Tribal Governments and the State of Maine to uncover and acknowledge the truth, create opportunities to heal and learn from the truth, and collaborate to operate the best child welfare system possible for Wabanaki children, a goal shared by all the signatories to the Mandate.