Grant Opportunity!

We've just received this information on a grant opportunity that is open to Early Childhood Educators working with children birth-8​ who are interested in improving their outdoor play/learning environment by including more natural features in support of self-initiated play and child-entered learning. It is time sensitive with an application deadline of May 28, 2018.   … Continue reading Grant Opportunity!

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Thank You!

In appreciation for all the important work that early childhood and out-of-school time professionals do, Penn State Better Kid Care program is offering a free online professional development module to early childhood and out-of-school time professionals. Following are details: Penn State Better Kid Care is offering a module, free of charge, in their On Demand … Continue reading Thank You!

Our Outside Play Yards

There has been a great deal of concern about the impact on the outside play yards of family child care programs with the Licensing Rule that went into effect 9/20/17. Concerns from providers and FCCAM were expressed to Licensing and the Health and Human Services Committee. Testimony was provided on LD 1661. The State at … Continue reading Our Outside Play Yards

Changes to Child Development Services (CDS) System are Ahead

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

Serious Injury and Death Policy

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

What Do You Know About Maine WIC Nutrition Program?

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?

How Do I Start a Family Child Care Business? (Part 2: Business Plan – Budget)

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)

Maine’s Early Childhood Day of Action, February 27th

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

Write Testimony on a Bill?…..ummmmm…….

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…….