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York County Early Childhood Coalition

The York County Early Childhood Coalition is a team of business people, service providers and community members interested in advocating for high-quality early childhood care and education across York County. The group is hosted at United Way of York County and had its beginnings as a team created in November 2007 to attend the Governor’s Economic Summit on Early Childhood Care and Education. In addition to the promotion of Born Learning, the group has also launched a Speakers Bureau, and hosts a yearly York County Community Conversation on Early Childhood.
Current Coalition activities include national and statewide advocacy; education and outreach on issues related to the importance of investing in young children; grass-roots engagement; and community displays promoting the annual Week of the Young Child in April.

Vision: The future prosperity of our county is based on the positive early development of our children. The first five years are crucial for all children in developing the skills they need as the workforce of tomorrow.
Mission: The York County Early Childhood Coalition, hosted by United Way of York County, promotes the importance of successful birth to five experiences. It is our goal that as a community we ensure a healthy foundation that prepares every child for a bright future.

Volunteer Reader Project

Interested in becoming a Volunteer Reader? Join the project and share your love of reading while boosting early literacy.

For more info, click HERE

York County Early Childhood Coalition Resources

Maine Kids Count Data: York County
Source: Maine Children's Alliance, November 2013
Maine KIDS COUNT, a project of the Maine Children's Alliance, is part of the national KIDS COUNT Network, a state-by-state effort generously funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) to track the status of children across the United States. Since 1994, the Maine KIDS COUNT project has published the annual Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book using the most recent data available on the well-being of children in the areas of physical and emotional health, social and economic status, and child care and education.

Markers that Matter: Success Indicators in Early Learning and Education
Source: Foundation Strategy Group - July 17, 2013
"The indicators in this report can be used to support the healthy development of young children, to better understand and address inequities across racial and cultural groups, and to provide a common language that facilitates communication and coordination on behalf of all young children."

Community Conversation Summaries:

Additional Links:

For more information on the York County Early Childhood Coalition, please email Lora Kline

Current Coalition Members:

Cheryl Walker, chair

Early Childhood Consultant


Jessica Anderson

Sanford Adult Education


Shilo Goodhue

Child Development Services


Nancy Harrison

Kids Free to Grow


Lora Kline

United Way of York County


Jennifer Quimby



Maria Richardson

Kennebunk Free Library


Rebecca Toliver

St. Louis Child Development Center