Maine Families

Child Development & Parent Support

Bridging Program: 255-0481
Support for prenatal moms on drug replacement therapy or who have a high-risk pregnancy, or moms with newborns that have medical complications. Program can provide home visiting nurses or non-medical home visitors to work with families to help address their immediate needs and identify & facilitate on-going supports.

Car Seat Safety Program:
Free child car seats & booster seats for low-income families. Installation assistance, safety information, & free trainings available to groups or individuals
Machias: Maine Families 255-0481

Catholic Charities Education Services: 1-800-781-8550
Support services for parents with children who are blind or visually impaired

Child Care Search Tool:
Searchable database of licensed child care providers in your area from the Maine Office of Child and Family Services

Child Development Services (CDS): 255-4892
Screenings and evaluations; Services for preschool children with special needs

Day Care Locator:
Searchable database of licensed child care providers in your area from the Maine Office of Child and Family Services

DHHS Child Care Development Fund: 1-877-680-5866
Provides childcare subsidies or vouchers for parents that are in school, training, working, or in a treatment program. Click here for more information on what you will need to apply for the subsidy and how to download the application form

Early Childhood Consultation (ECCO): 214-8434 / 454-4117
Request a consultant to observe a child in their natural setting – for children experiencing challenges in daycare, school or at home

Head Start: 667-2995 / 1-800-834-4378
Free childcare and preschool with meals provided for income-eligible families. Click here to download the latest application to get your child enrolled

Hear Me Now: 688-4544 x205
Parent-Infant support program to assist in education of infants who are deaf or hearing impaired

Maine Equal Justice Partners: 1-866-626-7059
Help navigating MaineCare programs for different family needs; Help with TANF or Aspire sanctions, and more…

Maine Families: 255-0481
Home Visitors provide support for expectant parents and parents of newborns, providing resources around infant care, healthy growth and development, home safety, and more. Services also include: Childbirth classes, lactation counseling, car seat safety technicians, online resource library.

Maine Kids-Kin: 1-866-298-0896
Support services for grandparents and relatives raising children

Parent Enrichment Classes (from Sunrise Opportunities): 263-5270
2 free courses are offered several times a year.  “Active Parenting Now” is a course offered in the evenings for parents of children ages birth – 12.  Dinner and childcare are provided. Read more about the curriculum here. The “Nurturing Father’s Program” is for expectant fathers and dads of kids up to age12. Classes are held in the evenings and dinner and childcare are provided.  Call for more information and to find out when the next set of classes will be offered.

Pathways of Maine (formerly called Providence): 888-480-9550
Offering a range of services for children with behavioral health disorders, developmental disabilities, or autism. Services include targeted case management, home-based therapy, an Intensive home-based therapy program, and community-based behavioral health treatment for children and their families.

Project Linus: 598-5963
Handmade quilts for children who are ill, experienced trauma “or need a hug”

Public Health Nursing: 1-877-763-0438
Nurse Home Visiting – Nurses can provide support to parents in their home if they have an infant with a medical condition or who has been exposed to substances prenatally. (Free program, visits can be once a week to once a month)

Safe Families for Children: 733-6161
Volunteer host families provide temporary safe care for children while their parents take time to cope with stress, therapy, incarceration, or difficult situations in their lives. This arrangement is made between the parent/caregiver and Safe Families and does not involve DHHS.

SSI Benefits for Infants: 1-800-772-1213
Disability benefits for premature babies or babies born with a low birth-weight called “presumptive disability” on SSI website

We Care Community Baby Center: 255-8903
Free diapers, wipes and other baby care needs available monthly to WIC or MaineCare eligible families. Now with two locations:
Lubec: 44 South Street (the old high school)
+++ 2nd & 3rd Wednesdays 1p – 4pm
Machias: 5 Water Street
+++ Mondays 9a – 11am
+++ Tuesdays 9a – 1p
+++ Wednesdays 9a – 11a

New!  We Care Baby Center is now providing delivery service for the Machias area on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month for families that cannot get to the center due to lack of transportation, illness, or other issues.  Call 255-8903 or send a message to We Care’s Facebook page to get on the delivery list.

We Care also has a closet of gently used clothing, shoes, outerwear, toys, and books donated from the community and We Care participants. For more information contact:

WHCA “Family Advocate” Program: 598-5648
Support for people who need help tackling an issue and finding the resources that may be available to them. Whether it be housing, finding a job, changing careers, finding reliable transportation, childcare, any kind of life issue their Family Advocate will work with you to get the right supports and systems in place.
The Family Advocate can come to your home to work with you or you can meet at the WHCA offices or another location convenient to you. No fees – MaineCare is not required.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC): Calais 454-3634 | Machias 255-8280
Calais: 43 Union Street
+++ Every Tuesday, 1st & 3rd Thursdays 8:30a – 4pm
Machias: 247 Main Street
+++ Mondays 8:30a – 6pm
+++ Wednesdays 8:30a – 4pm
+++ 2nd & 4th Thursdays 8:30a – 4p
+++ Fridays 9a – 3p
Healthy food; Breastfeeding support; Food vouchers for pregnant women and children under age five; Referrals to healthcare and other community services.  Call for more info or to make an appointment

WINGS: 1-800- 823-2988
Case management services for children with cognitive and behavioral challenges