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Hello, Health and Human Services Committee!

The Health and Human Services committee sent out an invite to interested parties to come introduce themselves this week. FCCAM was happy to be able to take advantage of this opportunity this year. Sasha Shunk, FCCAM Treasurer and Chair of the Outreach Committee, was able to attend yesterday afternoon, speak in person and provide written materials to HHS committee members.

The response from committee members was very positive. This in person meeting provided them a better understanding of the work we do, how we differ from centers, and why it’s nearly impossible for us to give testimony in person. Legislators who have served previously on the committee mentioned they have been appreciative of the written testimonies FCCAM has provided, in past years, during public comment on bills. HHS committee members mentioned to Sasha they have a new appreciation for us! They were thankful a representative of FCCAM and family child care providers in Maine was able to attend.

Sasha relayed a verbal invitation for any member of the committee to visit any of our programs. FCCAM will be sending an official invitation to invite them to visit family childcare programs to see us “in action.”

For a copy of the written material we provided HHS committee members click here.


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.