Maine Families and United Way Partner to Increase Childhood Literacy in York County

December 28, 2017


Maine Families York County, a  program of Southern Maine Health Care, is partnering with the United Way of York County to increase literacy participation in the region. One hundred and twenty two families in the Maine Families program are being given one brand new book every month from October 2017 to January 2018 by their Family Visitor.


“We are incredibly grateful to the United Way for helping Maine Families to foster a lifelong love of reading in children,” said Maine Families York County Director Tracee Golet, MS, CLC, CEIM. “Literacy is such an important cornerstone of early childhood development. Without the solid foundation that reading provides, children struggle to learn and achieve all that they can be as they grow into adulthood.”


With new each book, the family’s Visitor discusses the importance of literacy activities in early childhood. The Visitor also offers activities that correspond with the books, talks about utilizing local libraries and story times, and has a conversation with the parents about how often they utilize literacy activities with their baby/child with the hope that the book donation will increase these opportunities.


About Maine Families

Maine Families is a statewide network of community teams serving the needs of pregnant women and parents with newborns. The Maine Families Program understands that all parents want the best for their babies and are here to help make your job as a parent a little easier!  Our caring and professional Family Visitors can provide support for you, help you plan for a healthy pregnancy, share tips to help your child learn and be healthy, listen to your questions and concerns and help find resources that meet your needs, and connect you with other parents with new babies.   Maine Families is based on the most current information and approach (evidence-based) that uses parent’s strengths to promote child development and the best possible parent-child relationship. Every visit is free and available to you in the comfort of your own home or wherever works best for you.  For more information you can contact Tracee Golet at 490-7852 or visit


About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system with a non-profit mission “to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve.”  SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services, and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services, and Walk-In Care centers in various York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford, North Berwick and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. To learn more about SMHC and SMHC providers, visit,, or