Sun Exposure

July 17th, 2014 1:39 PM

Travelers spending time outdoors are exposed to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, even on cloudy days. Travelers are at increased risk when traveling near the equator, during summer months, and at high altitudes. Reflection from the snow, sand, and water increases exposure, so consider sun safety during outdoor activities, including snow skiing, spending time at the beach, swimming, and sailing.  Check out the Centers for Disease Controls website for more information.

Kids Playing Outside and Ticks

July 17th, 2014 10:39 AM

As the nice weather approaches and children are outside playing more, it is important to be aware of ticks that live in the woods.  The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Pest Management Office has a great resource for parents to learn about ticks as well as tick identification.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

June 23rd, 2014 9:01 AM

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. CDC is committed to continuing to provide essential data on ASD, search for factors that put children at risk for ASD and possible causes, and develop resources that help identify children with ASD as early as possible.  Please see the CDC’s website for more information.

Measles Outbreak

May 30th, 2014 10:29 AM

The Centers for Disease Control has issued a concern about a recent Measles Outbreak.  Please select the link to learn more about preventing the disease and keeping your children save.

Summer Camps for Kids

May 21st, 2014 11:21 AM

If you are looking for a summer camp for your child to attend this summer  has a great website with useful information as you research what is the best camp for your child.



Forstadt, Trostel Quoted in BDN Article on Increased Pre-K Enrollment

May 20th, 2014 11:55 AM

Leslie Forstadt, a child and family development specialist and associate Extension professor with the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension, and Philip Trostel, a UMaine economics and public policy professor, were quoted in the Bangor Daily News article, “Report: Enrollment in pre-kindergarten increasing steadily in Maine.” Forstadt spoke about the multiyear effort by pre-kindergarten advocacy groups to educate the public about the benefits of early education, which may have contributed to the enrollment increase. Trostel said the increase in the number of public preschools offered by Maine school districts also is a result of a funding change that went into effect during the 2006–07 school year and increased the amount of money districts could receive from the state for each 4-year-old taught. The change means taxpayers also benefit when children attend high-quality pre-kindergarten programs, Trostel said, adding that pre-kindergarten allows parents to work and can set children on a path to a higher paying career, which equates to more people paying taxes and less dependence on government services.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

May 13th, 2014 12:30 PM

About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.  The Centers for Disease Control has some great information on data and statistics.


UMaine Cooperative Extension Publication Cited in Parenting Article

April 23rd, 2014 9:57 AM

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension publication “Children and Respect” was cited in an parenting report titled “Respect: You get what you give.” The article states the publication helps breakdown what respect is and how better to teach it. Marilyn Ellis, a UMaine Extension 4-H youth specialist, prepared the publication.

Spring Activities for Kids

April 10th, 2014 12:03 PM

Spring is a great time to explore nature with your children as well as participating in many other activities.  Activity Village has some great spring craft ideas to do with your children.  Some of the craft ideas include puzzles, games, crafts and coloring pages.

Forstadt Quoted in Press Herald Piece about CEO’s Pregnancy Announcement

March 31st, 2014 2:57 PM

Leslie Forstadt, a child and family development specialist for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke to the Portland Press Herald for an article about Melissa Smith, the new CEO and president of South Portland-based WEX Inc., announcing her pregnancy to the company’s board of directors and executive leadership team, as well as through a memo to 1,400 employees. Forstadt said men tend not to disclose they are starting families and that as a female CEO, Smith “realized she was bucking the norm.” She added, “It would be great if it wasn’t news that people in positions of power are trying to balance work and family issues, but work and family integration is an ongoing discussion.”