#DreamBigStartSmall Photo Challenge

Enter to Win! Now through October 15, 2020 Your child has a big future ahead of them, and we want to help you help them to #DreamBigStartSmall. Regardless of how your child’s school year is starting – at school, at home, or somewhere in between – this year will be a ride for everyone. Submit… Read more »

Do. Save. Learn. Tips for Parents with Children 8 to 10 Years

The teenager years are getting closer and your child is asserting their independence and personality as they explore the world. Having social connections to kids their age is important and especially challenging as we navigate a COVID-19 impacted reality. As adults, we’re struggling with these changes and know our kids are, too. Check out KidsHealth… Read more »

Do. Save. Learn. Tips for Parents with Children 5 to 7 Years Old

At this age, you know that your child is a sponge and taking in everything around them. What your kids don’t know is that raising a child during a pandemic is a bit overwhelming  – we want you to know that we’re in this together! Check out KidsHealth for tips to talk to your child… Read more »

Do. Save. Learn. Tips for Parents with Children 3 to 5 Years Old

We’re all adapting to living in a “new” normal and this can be especially hard on kids. Parents play an important role in helping children make sense of what is going on around them. While not all information is appropriate to share, it’s a great time to sit down and talk with your child. Find… Read more »

Do. Save. Learn. Tips for Parents with Children 18 – 36 Months

Parenting is hard, especially right now as we all struggle with the current state of the world. We want to support you as much as we can – cheer all of you on as you balance work, home and your child’s education, and probably much more than that. As we all await what comes next,… Read more »

Do. Save. Learn. Tips for Parents with Children 0-18 Months

We know that these are challenging times. When so much is uncertain, it can be comforting to talk about what we do know – that throughout this time, children will continue to learn and grow, and more than ever we know parents want to guide and support that in whatever ways they can.  Here is some information and… Read more »

When I grow up I want to be….

Have you asked your child what they want to be when they grow up? It can be a fun exercise! Sometimes you’ll get imaginative answers like “I want to be a mermaid” or “I want to be a super hero” or you’ll get aspirational answers like “I want to be a teacher, like Mrs. Smith”… Read more »

Alfond Scholarship Foundation Named One of Top Five National Programs Working to Improve College Access

Pioneer Institute Announces Winner of 27th Annual Better Government Competition

BOSTON – Pioneer Institute is pleased to announce that Purdue University’s “Back a Boiler” program is the winner of the 27th annual Better Government CompetitionThis year, the competition received over 80 entries from think tanks, universities, job training programs, nonprofits, and state government agencies across the nation. The winner, four runners up, and four special recognition recipients will be honored at the Better Government Competition Awards Gala on September 24th at the Seaport Hotel in Boston.

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Harold Alfond Foundation and Alfond Scholarship Foundation Announce Major Milestone for My Alfond Grant Program

Governor Janet T. Mills Invites Preschool Children from Educare Central Maine and Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation to Hep Celebrate Positive Impact of Pioneering Grant Program PORTLAND, ME – The Harold Alfond Foundation (HAF) and Alfond Scholarship Foundation (ASF) announced today that the My Alfond Grant program, which invests $500 at birth for Maine resident… Read more »

My youngest started college last week. We’ve prepared for that moment since birth.

Bangor Daily News, September 4, 2015

Last week I dropped my youngest off at college.  On the ride down, we chatted about the summer, talked about plans for the fall and wondered what her new roommates would be like. I reminded her that time management would take on a whole new meaning, and she reminded me that she was ready for that responsibility. Excited and ready to take it all on — just as I had hoped she would be.

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Bill Nemitz: Alfond Birthday Gift Sends Parents Powerful Message About Education

Portland Press Herald, March 8, 2014

It’s one of life’s most magical moments: An infant child comes into the world — squinting, kicking and screaming at the top of those tiny, just-inflated lungs. Time stands bissfully still. And for this life yet to be lived, the possibilities feel endless.

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