Blog | August 5, 2021

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids 25th Anniversary - The Maine Office

Learn more about the history of our Maine office since its founding in 2004

2004: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids opens a new state office in Maine.

2007: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids urges higher quality standards – including background checks and BA degrees – in the Head Start Reauthorization through letters and press events in Maine and Oregon.

2016: Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Maine releases the We’re the Ones You Pay Later research report with all Maine sheriffs in support.

2017: State Director Kim Russell helps establish, launch and organize the Maine Legislature’s Children’s Caucus, the 6th Children’s Caucus in the US.

2019: An Act To Promote Social and Emotional Learning and Development for Young Children become law after 4 years of advocacy by Fight Crime: Invest In Kids Maine and other allies.

2020: Public Pre-K received its first dedicated funding in the Maine supplement budget after testimony in support and years of advocacy efforts by Fight Crime: Invest In Kids Maine and other allies.

2021: After 3 years of advocacy efforts by Fight Crime: Invest In Kids and other allies in Maine, LD 1712, an act to increase child care quality and access by taking the best practices of Educare Central Maine into five additional communities of practice, becomes law.

Take a look at some memories and highlights from the Maine office below.

Veazie Chief of Police Mark Leonard, former Sagadahoc County Sheriff and former Fight Crime: Invest in Kids national board member Mark Westrum and former Auburn Chief of Police Phil Crowell
February 2008: Veazie Chief of Police Mark Leonard, former Sagadahoc County Sheriff and former Fight Crime: Invest in Kids national board member Mark Westrum and former Auburn Chief of Police Phil Crowell
Senator Olympia Snowe, former Winthrop Chief of Police Joe Young and former Houlton Chief of Police Butch Asselin
May 2008: Senator Olympia Snowe, former Winthrop Chief of Police Joe Young and former Houlton Chief of Police Butch Asselin
Former Houlton Chief of Police Butch Asselin and former Winthop Chief of Police Joe Young with Senator Susan Collins
May 2008: Former Houlton Chief of Police Butch Asselin and former Winthop Chief of Police Joe Young with US Senator Susan Collins
March 23, 2009: Former Camden Chief of Police Phil Roberts and former Maine Governor John Baldacci in a Hall of Flags ceremony at the State House issuing the Governor's Proclamation making April 2009 the official Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month
March 23, 2009: Former Camden Chief of Police Phil Roberts and former Maine Governor John Baldacci in a Hall of Flags ceremony at the State House issuing the Governor’s Proclamation making April 2009 the official Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month
May 24, 2009: former Bangor Chief Ron Gastia, US Senator Susan Collins, former Auburn Chief Phil Crowell
May 24, 2009: former Bangor Chief Ron Gastia, US Senator Susan Collins, former Auburn Chief Phil Crowell
July 14, 2009: Lewiston Maine press conference on increasing the federal CTC
July 14, 2009: Lewiston Maine press conference on increasing the federal CTC
July 14, 2009: Lewiston Maine press conference on increasing the federal CTC with former Androscoggin County Sheriff Guy Desjardins
July 14, 2009: Lewiston Maine press conference on increasing the federal CTC with former Androscoggin County Sheriff Guy Desjardins
Houlton Maine Cops & Tots from 2010 - former Chief Butch Asselin and former Aroostook County Sheriff Jim Madore
Houlton Maine Cops & Tots from 2010: former Chief Butch Asselin and former Aroostook County Sheriff Jim Madore
Houlton Maine Cops & Tots from 2010 - former Chief Butch Asselin and former Aroostook County Sheriff Jim Madore
Houlton Maine Cops & Tots from 2010: former Chief Butch Asselin and former Aroostook County Sheriff Jim Madore
March 2, 2015: Caribou Chief of Police Michael Gahagan at the Caribou Head Start Center
March 2, 2015: Caribou Chief of Police Michael Gahagan at the Caribou Head Start Center
February 23, 2016: Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry, who is also a member of the Right from the Start Coalition, speaking to legislators at a Maine Children's Caucus meeting
February 23, 2016: Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry, who is also a member of the Right from the Start Coalition, speaking to legislators at a Maine Children’s Caucus meeting
April 5, 2016: Augusta Chief of Police Jared Mills speaking at a State House event
April 5, 2016: Augusta Chief of Police Jared Mills speaking at a State House event
Oct. 17, 2016: Gardiner Chief of Police Jim Toman during recess at the Gardiner Head Start Center
Oct. 17, 2016: Gardiner Chief of Police Jim Toman during recess at the Gardiner Head Start Center
Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce in Portland
November 16, 2016: Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce in Portland
Washington County Sheriff Barry Curits at a child care in Calais
December 4, 2017: Washington County Sheriff Barry Curits in Machias

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