It was late summer of 2010 and the Kennebec Journal announced the closing of the Augusta based the Painted Horse, toys that teach, an educational resource store, after nearly 33 years. The original store opened on Water Street (1977) by Phil and the late Mimi Judd. It became clear to Mr. Judd that the Painted Horse was more than just a retail store; it was a stand for the well-being of Maine families. This was a time of reflection, culminating in the writing of “the action plan” and the name Maine Families Network.
The evolution of Maine Families Network (MFN) began that summer. Thanks to a small group of Maine citizens, MFN is now an IRS 501C3.
Non-profit corporation registered with the State of Maine. We have launched a Facebook and website presence and completed a video with University of Maine System to be available on our social media sites and YouTube. PSA’s will be hitting the air waves soon and an online Painted Horse will become a reality. We will begin to address our stated initiatives, one by one. MFN
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead.
Our mission is to promote honoring families. They are our future. The home is the “life” school for children. It is where mutual respect, responsibility, reliability is fostered. It is where core skills are developed.
Our mission is to build awareness that parents are advocates for important issues – education, occupation, food supply, the environment and health and well-being.
Our mission is to network families to advocate for family participation in all decisions made on their behalf.
“It all starts with family. It all starts with home.”
Reopening the educational resource store
Developing parent-based weekend workshops
Implementing a MFN membership program and awareness campaign, valuing the importance of families raising children
Developing an outreach program for expecting and new parents
Developing and promoting a network of community-based playgroups
Launching a Maine Family radio station
Developing a program of weekend activities
Creating a “Family University”
Research and relationship-building with other Maine organizations that are family focused