Raising Readers Book Resources
Making books and readingpart of growing up in Maine. Children who are introduced to reading at an early age tend to excel at school and are quicker to develop critical learning skills. Raising Readers partners with every hospital, midwife, and primary care provider in Maine to give a library of high-quality books to every child in Maine, starting at birth through age 5.
Your friends on Sesame Street are here to support you during the COVID-19 crisis. We know that these are stressful times, and families everywhere are coping with changing routines, anxiety, and loss. Our site is filled with rich content you can use with children to spark playful learning, offer them comfort, and help your whole family thrive. They have games, art, coloring pages and more.
The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, has released a collection of free online games to teach children basic financial skill related to earning, saving and spending money. This is part of a series called Thinking Money for Kids. Click on the links below for the games.
Earning It: Follow the paths of characters Grace, Emma, and Kenji to see how their childhood interests translate into successful careers and opportunities.
Balance My Budget: Make choices about how to meet basic needs and treat yourself with a splurge here and there, while sticking to a monthly budget.
Money Trail: Starting with $500 in your bank account, make decisions about how to earn and spend.
Let's Deal: Hear from buyers and vendors at a farmer's market as they swap goods and learn about money.
College Search & Application
This PDF is a great place to start when you begin planning for college. It includes timelines and checklists of what you should be working on and when, and has basic information about financial aid, college searches, and more.
*This is also a great resource for parents or guardians helping with the application process.
Excellent resource for college searching and application planning with an easy-to-follow format. Explore majors and careers, and build a list for comparison. This site is also a great place to start when searching for scholarships and financial aid.
CollegeBoard - Standardized Tests
Register, prep and study for standardized tests including the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, PSAT 8/9, and AP exams. This page also links to many other resources including college planning, search, and scholarships.
Maine Higher Education Information
Maine Department of Education has information about all faucets of higher education including about colleges in Maine.
Online test preparation and tutoring for SAT, ACT and GRE. Find colleges with the college search and discover tools for homework help and advice.
User-friendly college and scholarship searching with resources for parents and counselors too.
Everything you need to know about the ACT test, including registration, test prep, scores, and more.
The Federal Student Aid Office of the U.S. Department of Education includes everything you need to know about federal aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) and how to apply for the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).
Scholarships are gift aid that you will not need to repay. Scholarships are typically awarded outside of the college’s financial aid awarding process and require students to actively research and find them. Start your search with FAME’s online scholarship search for Maine scholarships..
Maine Bankers Association & Higher Education Assistance (HEAF)
HEAF was established over 60 years ago by business leaders from a wide variety of industries including banking, small business, and community organizations. In 1990, HEAF initiated a scholarship program funded by the financial return on the original corpus of funds. The scholarship program is now managed by the Maine Bankers Association.
Colleges receiving HEAF grants this year are: Husson University; five campuses of the Maine Community College System; St. Joseph’s College; University of Maine at Augusta; University of Maine at Farmington; University of Maine Fort Kent; University of Maine at Machias; University of Maine at Orono; and University of Maine at Presque Isle.
The Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) seeks to promote respect for all people. Through its scholarships, the community foundation supports all students regardless of their race, age, ancestry or national origin, sexual orientation, gender, physical or mental disability, religion, or geographical region within the state of Maine.
College Alternatives & Gap Year Programs
The opportunities to start your career in Maine are abundant and not limited to seasoned professionals. Employers across the state are looking to attract bright talent—including those who already call Maine home—to help build the workforce and create the next generation of business leaders.
Are you interested in living and learning on organic farms worldwide? WWOOF links volunteers with organic farmers and growers to promote cultural and educational experiences.
Volunteer or intern abroad while making a difference in local communities and learning new skills. Gain practical work experience while experiencing another culture.