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

What is “Child Find”?

How many of you have heard of "Child Find"? "Child Find" is an important part of Early Invention. The simple explanation is: "Child Find" is mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), to continuously search for and evaluate children who may have a disability. The primary purpose of IDEA is to ensure that all … Continue reading What is “Child Find”?

What is Child Development Services (CDS)?

There always seems to be questions about Child Development Services (CDS). What are the different Parts? What is the process? What is the timeline? What is covered?........... Experiencing these questions first hand, as providers ourselves, FCCAM has gathered information we will be providing through a series of posts on CDS. These informational posts should support us as … Continue reading What is Child Development Services (CDS)?

Child Care is a Priority! National Call-in Day 5/18

Thanks to past calls to urge Congress to prioritize child care, we won a modest increase in funding for child care in 2017. But our work isn’t done. Congress is moving on to the 2018 budget, and we need to push for even larger investments. Thursday, May 18 is a nationwide call-in day, asking U.S. … Continue reading Child Care is a Priority! National Call-in Day 5/18