Report focuses on Maine school readiness

Posted Jan. 06, 2011, at 4:38 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A new report finds mixed results on how well young Maine children are prepared to enter school.

The Maine Children’s Alliance is presenting the report Thursday as part of Infant Toddler Awareness Day at the State House.

The report’s author, Judy Reidt-Parker, said Maine’s ahead of the curve in providing prenatal care to pregnant women.

On the other hand, the report says only a small number of Maine child care providers meet the highest standards for quality early care and education.

The Maine Children’s Alliance, a statewide nonpartisan advocacy group, says that birth to age 5 is a critical period for a child’s future development.