Significant changes to the Child Development Services (CDS) System are ahead with adoption of LD 1870. The proposed changes means a shifting of responsibility for early intervention services for 3 - under 6 year olds (Part B) to our public schools. There will also be impact to Part C - birth to under 3 years … Continue reading Changes to Child Development Services (CDS) System are Ahead
The Family Child Care Licensing Rule requires licensees to have a number of policies written out and clearly shared with guardians. A record that the provider has shared the following information with the child’s parent at the time of admission: a. Child guidance practices; b. Parental visitation at the child care site; c. Expulsion and … Continue reading Serious Injury and Death Policy
Did you know that only half of all income-eligible Maine families participate in WIC? As family child care providers we can provide information on WIC to both current families and potential clients. What is WIC? It's a nutrition and health program for growing families. Maine CDC WIC Nutrition Program provides: Checks to buy healthy foods … Continue reading What Do You Know About Maine WIC Nutrition Program?
In Part 1 of this series we looked at what is needed to become licensed and the policies you will need to have in place as a small business owner of a family child care. So let’s look at the budgeting - cost of doing business - now. A sustainable small business meets the needs … Continue reading How Do I Start a Family Child Care Business? (Part 2: Business Plan – Budget)
On Feb. 28th, the Health and Human Services Joint Committee will hold another work session to continue discussion on a wide range of bills regarding child care. These bills have direct impact on family child cares. FCCAM understands that reactions to the various bills will be as diverse as Maine's fcc providers are. When FCCAM … Continue reading Maine’s Early Childhood Day of Action, February 27th
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FCCAM has found Legislators are very open to hearing our thoughts and respect that we are speaking from first-hand knowledge about the issues that impact our small business and the health and safety of children in our care. As a statewide association whose mission is to support family child care providers, FCCAM believes it’s important … Continue reading Write Testimony on a Bill?…..ummmmm…….
Becoming a family child care provider is not for everyone. It is not an easy job. When you welcome children into your home providing a nurturing, safe environment supporting their development, you are not "babysitting", but providing early childhood education. Providing early childhood education is a very important job that many find to be a … Continue reading How Do I Start a Family Child Care Business? (Part1)
Why do we need liability insurance when we have homeowners insurance? Liability Insurance is not required to be licensed in Maine, but it is strongly encouraged. Why is it encouraged? Homeowner insurance policies generally exclude coverage for any business operation. Although some Homeowner insurance policies allow endorsements to be purchased that protect your business. For … Continue reading Liability Insurance? Why?
We are sharing a new resource recently added to the Maine Roads to Quality (MRTQ) website about supporting children and families that are experiencing homelessness. As providers we need to be informed about what homelessness is before we can begin to meet a child's need that is experiencing it. Sadly, too many children in Maine … Continue reading Working with Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness