Resource Library

COVID-19 Update: The John T. Gorman Foundation is curating a list of resources, emerging best practices, and innovative ideas from across the country to help local organizations serve vulnerable Mainers during the coronavirus outbreak. To access those resources, visit or enter Covid-19 in the keyword search. Those results can be further focused by using the “Filter by” menu above to filter by population type (Young Children, Older Youth, Families, and Seniors) or by clicking the following links: childcare, education, food security, housing, rural areas, and workforce.

The John T. Gorman Foundation strives to be data-driven and results based and seeks to promote information and ideas that advance greater understanding of issues related to our mission and priorities. In our effort to promote these values, we offer these research and best practice resources collected from reputable sources across the country. The library also includes briefs and reports the Foundation has commissioned or supported, a listing of which can be found here.


Maine Head Start Report: 2017

June 20, 2017 – Young Children

The John T. Gorman Foundation provided funding for this report to provide a snapshot of Maine families served by Head Start.The state of Maine has sixteen Head Start grantees, operating eleven Head Start (HS) programs, three American Indian & Alaska Native Head Start (AIAN HS) programs, and thirteen Early Head Start (EHS) programs (see Table 1). In the 2015–2016 program year, sites operated by these sixteen grantees served 4,126 children and pregnant women. The majority of Maine Head Start enrollees (88 percent) participate in a center-based program; the most popular program option is part-week (four days) enrollment in a center (Figure 1). Most children (91 percent) enrolled in part-week programs are also enrolled for part-day programming (6 hours or fewer per day). *JTGF-funded

Toward a More Equal Footing: Early Head Start in Maine

May 23, 2017 – Young Children

One program that connects the most economically vulnerable families with quality early childhood programming is Early Head Start (EHS). Subject to rigorous quality and staffing standards, implemented among the youngest children (prenatally through age 2), and delivered via a two-generation approach, EHS is a significant opportunity for providing quality care and education to a population that might otherwise struggle to access it. This brief explores the characteristics of EHS in Maine, compares them to the national landscape, and connects these findings to a discussion of the federal and state policy climates. *JTGF-funded

2016 Education Indicators for Maine

October 25, 2016 – Young Children, Older Youth

The 2016 Education Indicators Report for Maine has been developed to explore and better understand Maine’s education pipeline from preschool through postsecondary education. The focus is on the 10 Indicators we have identified which we believe best measure Maine’s educational performance. The ten Indicators that we measure follow the path of each Maine child as he or she grows and learns.The John T. Gorman Foundation provided funding for this report. *JTGF-funded

A Portrait of Wellbeing: The Status of Seniors in Maine

January 26, 2016 – Seniors

Commissioned by the John T. Gorman Foundation, this report by the Carsey School of Public Policy reviews the status of seniors around the state. *JTGF-funded

Building a Collaborative Community Response to Aging in Place

October 29, 2013 – Seniors

Prepared for the John T. Gorman Foundation, the purpose of this paper is to outline a framework to support building aging friendly communities within Maine’s cities, towns, and neighborhoods that enable us to address the challenges associated with aging while at the same time recognizing and embracing the opportunities this age group affords us. *JTGF-funded