Early Childhood


"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin

Maine Department of Education: Child Developmental Services (CDS)



"The Child Development Services system is an Intermediate Educational Unit that provides both Early Intervention (birth through two years) and Free Appropriate Public Education (for ages three through five years) under the supervision of the Maine Department of Education. The CDS system ensures the provision of special education rules, federal and state regulations statewide, through a network of regional sites."

     http://www.maine.gov/doe/cds/

MDOE Special Education & Individuals with Disabilities Education Act



"The Office of Special Services is responsible for the state's oversight and support for the delivery of all special education services provided in Maine under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This includes early intervention services to eligible children age birth to under age three and their families, provided under IDEA, Part C, and Free Appropriate Public Education to eligible children age three to 20, provided under IDEA, Part B. The Office of Special Services is also responsible for meeting the state's responsibilities under IDEA"

     http://www.maine.gov/doe/specialed/index.html

     http://www.maine.gov/doe/specialed/idea/

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)



"The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children.

The IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities."

     https://sites.ed.gov/idea/

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part-C (birth-2 years)



"This site was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations, announced on September 6, 2011. It is a "living" website and will change and grow as resources and information become available. We invite you to grow and learn with us as we implement these regulations."

     https://idea.ed.gov/part-c/search/new.html

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)



"The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts."

     https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html

American Academy of Pediatrics (Maine Chapter)



"The mission of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to improve the lives of children and adolescents in Maine. Our vision is to be the leading authority, advocate, and voice for the health of Maine's children and for the profession of pediatrics."

     http://www.maineaap.org/

Maine Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS)



"The Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) supports Maine's children and their families by providing Children's Behavioral Health, Child Welfare, Early Intervention & Prevention Services, and Operations."

     http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/

Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention



Vision: A strong, safe and healthy Maine. Our mission at Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is to provide the leadership, expertise, information and tools to assure conditions in which all Maine people can be healthy.

     http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/population-health/mch/

     http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/navtabs/topics.htm

National Center for Disease Control & Prevention



This resource provides a plethora of information covering the basics of developmental milestones, and developmental screening, as well as providing positive parenting tips. The "Learn the Signs. Act Early" campaign aims to improve early identification of children with developmental disabilities by educating parents on what signs to look out for.

     (CDC Child Development)

     (Learn the signs. Act Early)

Maine Parent Federation



"Maine Parent Federation (MPF), in existence since 1984, is a private non-profit organization. MPF provides information, referral, one on one telephone support, and training to parents of children with disabilities or special health care needs and the professionals who work with these families through numerous grant-funded projects. Our services are offered at no cost to parents and are available statewide."

     http://mpf.org/

Autism Society of Maine



"The Autism Society of Maine provides education and resources to support the valued lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families."

     http://www.asmonline.org

Maine Developmental Disabilities Council



"MDDC is a partnership of people with disabilities, their families, and public and governmental agencies which promotes and advocates for equal opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities to participate in every aspect of community life.

MDDC is committed to creating a Maine in which all people are valued and respected because we believe communities are stronger when everyone is included."

     https://www.maineddc.org/

CradleME



Maine's Cradle ME program is available for every birthing family. If you are pregnant or have a new baby and you are in need of support you are eligible to participate in CradleME from Maine's Maternal and Child Health Network.

     http://cradleme.org/

Maine Families



"Maine Families understands that all parents want the best for their babies. Our caring and professional home visitors partner with parents and parents-to-be to access the information and resources that can support the physical and emotional health of their baby and entire family."

     http://www.mainefamilies.org/

UMaine: MAIER



"MAIER was established at the University of Maine in 2014 to build statewide capacity to improve outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through leadership, training, professional development, collaboration, and research."

     https://umaine.edu/autisminstitute/

This 24 page booklet explains what Autism is, and what signs to look for, as well as what to do if you suspect your child has Autism Spectrum Disorder.

     (Maine Parent Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders)

KidsHealth from Nemours



"If you're looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that's free of "doctor speak," you've come to the right place. KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years."

     http://kidshealth.org

Zero to Three



"ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development."

     https://www.zerotothree.org/