What Do You Need in Your Contract and Policies?

Contracts and policies are a major part of running a sustainable family child care business, but often licensees are unsure of just what should be included. With the new Family Child Care Provider Licensing Rule, effective 9/20/17, the State has listed required items, but does not limit what you include. As Family Child Care providers … Continue reading What Do You Need in Your Contract and Policies?

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Accreditation

The NAFCC Quality Standards Review Team has now released revised Quality Standards. The Team has been revising standards to reflect best practice and has focused particularly on child assessment and social and emotional development. What does this mean for you? If your program is accredited by the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) OR … Continue reading Accreditation

Resources for Staying Current on ECE

Most family child care providers work over 50 hours a week. Then you add in family life and you do not have much time left. Keeping up on issues and current developments in early childhood education is important for your work, but how can you efficiently do that? The following linked sites provide you with … Continue reading Resources for Staying Current on ECE

Invitation to an ECE Public Policy and Advocacy Forum

Schedule of Events 8:00-9:00 - Morning Coffee, Snacks, and Networking 9:00-9:15 - Opening/Welcome 9:15-10:15 - Keynote 10:30-11:30 - Morning Breakout Sessions 11:30-12:30 - Lunch and MaineAEYC Special Announcement 12:45-1:45 - Afternoon Breakout Sessions 2:00-3:00 - Partnering at the Local Level and Closing Session Descriptions Morning Breakout Sessions: Crafting Stronger, Clearer Messages - Amy O’Leary and … Continue reading Invitation to an ECE Public Policy and Advocacy Forum

Setting Rates for Child Care Services

Setting rates is one of the hardest decisions, yet also one of the most important, that a family child care licensee makes. Only you can decide what works for your program and the clients you are going to be providing child care services for. Here are some points to consider while setting your rates:  Use … Continue reading Setting Rates for Child Care Services

Maine Child Care Subsidy 2017 Market Rate

Maine's Child Care Subsidy Program helps eligible families to pay for child care, so they can work, go to school or participate in a job training program. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the designated lead agency in Maine, responsible for the planning and administration of the child care subsidies funded from the … Continue reading Maine Child Care Subsidy 2017 Market Rate

Is Your Parent Handbook Up to Date?

Maine Department of Health and Human Services - Licensing and Regulatory Services has been updating their section of the Maine government website. There are now samples for many of the required information forms required to operate a licensed family child care. You are able to develop your own forms, but these are a place to … Continue reading Is Your Parent Handbook Up to Date?

Transitioning from Part C to Part B

How Does the Transition from Part C to B Work? Transition planning begins when the child turns 2, intensifying during the last 6 months before the child’s third birthday. Transition activities include: Writing a transition plan as part of the child’s IFSP Holding a transition conference at least 90 days before the 3rd birthday Family and child … Continue reading Transitioning from Part C to Part B

CDS: Part B (ages 3 – 5)

Special Education services under Part B include: evaluations, development of individualized education plan, special instruction, identifications/eligibility, behavior consultation, and physical/speech and occupational therapies. What is the referral and evaluation process like for Part B? For children age 3 to school age 5, CDS has 45 days from the date it receives signed permission from the … Continue reading CDS: Part B (ages 3 – 5)

CDS: Part C Birth thru 2

  What is Early Intervention PART C? Children birth to age 3 are served under Part C. Focus is on supporting the family, as well as the child. Early intervention (EI) refers to services available to assist infants and toddlers who have Developmental Delay. Delayed development can be in the domains of social/emotional, cognitive, adaptive, motor, or … Continue reading CDS: Part C Birth thru 2