3 More Bills to Know About

There are 3 bills heading to committee and public hearing that the FCCAM's Public Policy Committee is currently following. We do not have the hearing date for all 3 at this time, but wanted providers to have the time to: digest the bills; be aware of the thoughts raised in Public Policy Committee discussions; and … Continue reading 3 More Bills to Know About

2019 NAFCC Annual Conference

The only national conference dedicated to the field of family child care is happening at Rosen Shingle Creek hotel, in Orlando, Florida, June 19-22, 2019. There is still time to pre-register and take advantage of a member benefit: a conference layaway payment plan. You must be a current member of NAFCC through June 30, 2019. … Continue reading 2019 NAFCC Annual Conference

Right from the Start Coalition

In an earlier post we introduced 3 groups that offer education and advice to the Department of Health and Human Services and the legislature. In this post we'd like to look at support for child care in Maine from the advocacy viewpoint. Think child care and then think Police, American Heart, Chamber of Commerce, Equal … Continue reading Right from the Start Coalition

What’s Ahead for the Children’s Book Discussion Group?

Well, the first discussion is behind us. For this first discussion training the Professional Learning Committee would like to say Thank You to the many early childhood professionals from across family child care, centers and public schools that joined the discussion sharing their opinions, knowledge and experiences. This open sharing supports the work we all … Continue reading What’s Ahead for the Children’s Book Discussion Group?

Children’s Growth Council, Child Care Advisory Council, and Children’s Caucus?

There are multiple groups that are working for children and families in Maine. Some work for just one viewpoint, others are focused on one topic, others are very broad. Some share stakeholders, board or council members. Some work alone while others collaborate. It's important to have some understanding of the various groups that are discussing … Continue reading Children’s Growth Council, Child Care Advisory Council, and Children’s Caucus?

Maine’s Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP)

Maine’s Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP) assists eligible families in paying for child care if they work, are enrolled in school, participate in a job training program, or are retired and the legal guardian of a child. On average CCSP serves over 4,000 Maine children and has over 800 participating providers. There is a need … Continue reading Maine’s Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP)

New!!! Professional Book Discussion Group to Start

The Professional Learning Committee is excited to be able to offer this new benefit to members of FCCAM. Through a grant from Maine Roads to Quality, in support of our Professional Learning work, FCCAM will be bringing more free training opportunities to our members. The PLC is building these training opportunities to support the continual … Continue reading New!!! Professional Book Discussion Group to Start

What is “Child Care Choices”? (and why is it important to know……)

Part of our job as family child care professionals is to support families in their search for care. There are multiple parts to this depending on whether we are supporting first time parents, families new to the community, maybe families with special care needs, or families that just cannot find care. Whether you have openings … Continue reading What is “Child Care Choices”? (and why is it important to know……)

New!!! Children’s Book Discussion Group

The Professional Learning Committee is excited to be able to offer this new benefit to members of FCCAM. Through a grant from Maine Roads to Quality, in support of our Professional Learning work, FCCAM will be bringing more free training opportunities to our members. The PLC is building these training opportunities to support the continual … Continue reading New!!! Children’s Book Discussion Group

Hello, Fellow Family Child Care Professional……….

Guest blog post by Deborah Arcaro, M.ED, Family Child Care Professional since 1988 Someone asked me what I did this past week and again I found myself thinking about my response. I'm a teacher. I support children and families. I run my own business. What professional term describes what I do? ...... When someone asks you what you do how do you respond? How … Continue reading Hello, Fellow Family Child Care Professional……….