Senator Collins has a strong record of supporting education at all levels, including promoting early childhood education; improving our public school system for kindergarten through 12th grade; and working to increase the affordability of higher education. As a member of the Senate Appropriations and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committees, Senator Collins will continue to work to ensure that Congress provides robust funding and targeted legislation for the most effective educational programs aimed at helping teachers and students.

Senator Collins has made engaging with Maine’s students and faculty a top priority, visiting nearly 200 schools during her time as a Senator. 

Collins, King Announce $6 Million to Revolutionize Forest Economy Research at UMaine

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $6,000,000 to the University of Maine (UMaine). These resources will help establish a digital monitoring system which will be used to track changes in Maine’s forest ecosystem. The system will help users better assess, understand and forecast changes that directly impact the future of Maine’s forest economy.



Senator Collins Announces $3.35 Million to Help Combat Youth Homelessness in Maine

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $3,354,677 to the Maine State Housing Authority (MaineHousing) to combat youth homelessness throughout the State of Maine.  This funding will benefit housing partners across the state, including: New Beginnings in Lewiston, Shaw House in Bangor, and Preble Street in Portland.



After Advocacy from Collins and King, Two Maine Projects Receive Funding for Mass Timber Construction

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that two Maine projects – one at Bowdoin College and one at the University of Maine (UMaine) – would receive $100,000 each from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS) to research and construct mass timber, or cross-laminated timber (CLT), buildings on college campuses across the country.


Collins, King Announce $200,000 to Support Humanities Programs in Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) and Maine Humanities Council in Portland have each received $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The funding will be used to enhance humanities discussion programs at each Maine organization.



Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $9.2 Million for Maine Head Start Programs

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Community Concepts Inc. and Opportunity Alliance have been awarded a total of $9,234,196 for their Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in Franklin, Oxford, York, and Cumberland counties.  The grants are being awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.



Collins, King Announce Nearly $800,000 for UNE’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the University of New England (UNE) has been awarded $749,999 for their Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP).  This funding was allocated through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  UNE, in collaboration with the University of Maine (UMaine), aims to improve the health and well-being of Maine’s older adults through enhanced practitioner training and the formation of a statewide council, AgingME.



Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Bill to Renew and Expand Emerging Farm to School Efforts

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), David Perdue (R-GA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), introduced legislation to extend a key nutrition program for school-aged children.  The bipartisan Farm to School Act of 2019 would increase the federal resources committed to helping bring fresh, local foods to schools nationwide.  It also helps set the stage for action as Congress begins the process of reauthorizing child nutrition programs.



Senators Collins, Brown, Representatives Pingree, Fortenberry Introduce Bill to Help Schools Access Locally Grown Foods

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the Kids Eat Local Act, legislation to help increase schools’ access to locally grown foods by providing flexibility around the use of geographic preference in the National School Lunch Program. This would make it easier for schools to source “locally grown, locally raised, and locally caught” food and farm products for their meal programs. U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) have introduced companion legislation in the U.S.



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