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Why Affiliate?

Since providers started talking about the formation of a statewide association that was specifically for family child care providers one of the goals was to affiliate with a national professional association. It made sense that that association would be the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC).

Why did the founding group of providers feel affiliation would be of value to providers in Maine?

Across Maine, as across the nation, there are the same conversations taking place about child care. We have elected officials, researchers, and families concerned about cost, access, safety, and quality. How can we as providers be positively involved in finding solutions that provide for a sustainable business, improve quality, and moves forward the professionalism of our field of child care?

Joining together is the best way.

FCCAM’s mission is to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in the State of Maine. Research continues to indicate that the quality of care by providers who are members of professional associations is higher. This is because of the strengthening relationships built through the networking and training opportunities associations provide. FCCAM’s efforts will be supported by an affiliation with NAFCC.

Joining a national association allows for our voices to be heard from the local, to state, to federal level. Together providers can speak to the importance of family child care in meeting the needs of children and families in the United States.

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Affiliation with NAFCC means assistance to FCCAM, to be shared with our membership, thru the Association receiving:

  • Monthly e-newsletters and public policy updates
  • Networking and support from national family child care leaders
  • Discounted Association Leadership Training Webinars
  • Two Discounted Registrations for NAFCC’s Family Child Care Conference
  • List Trainings and Conference on NAFCC’s Online Training Calendar


FCCAM works to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in Maine. We are the state affiliate of the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). We are the only professional association in Maine dedicated specifically to supporting family child care providers. FCCAM understands the critical role of family child care providers in the lives of children and families. We also understand the hard work and long hours that are required to provide the much needed child care services in Maine’s diverse communities. FCCAM provides opportunities to network both locally and statewide with other family child care professionals for training and support. Through collaboration with other organizations we are engaged with advocating for children and their families in Maine, increasing awareness of our professionalism and value to our communities.