A visit and news conference is planned May 28 in Caribou with Maine Senate President Troy Jackson talking about Kids First Plan to Improve Access to Child Care.

Jackson plans to visit with teachers and children at ACAP’s Action Program’s Early Care and Education Center in Caribou Friday. He also will talk to the media.

The schedule is a visit at 10 a.m. to the comprehensive child care facility in Caribou. The Aroostook County Action Program said “ACAP child care classrooms in Caribou, Houlton and Presque Isle are three of the four Step 4 Quality Certificate holding programs in Aroostook County. Step 4 is the highest level a program/provider can achieve under the Quality for ME voluntary program created by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.”

An outdoor press conference will take place, and will include Jackson and Sue Powers, ACAP Director of Programs. They will talk about expanding quality child care in Aroostook County and rural Maine.

The Kid’s First Plan includes LD 1712, An Act To Support Children’s Healthy Development and School Success. ACAP said “The bill would expand access to quality, affordable child care by investing in child care providers and working with community stakeholders to open slots in existing child care programs through the First 4 ME program administered by DHHS.”

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Troy Jackson is from Aroostook County, Maine and is on the Aroostook County Action Program Board of Directors.

For more information, you can contact Sherry Locke at ACAP by emailing slocke@acap-me.org.

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