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 growth of family child care professionals in Maine.

Professional Book Discussion Group   

  • Open to both FCCAM members and non-members.
  • Cost: FCCAM Members – FREE. Non-members – $30
  • FCCAM will provide all participants with their own copy of the book under discussion. Book will be mailed out around March 18th.

To provide the best environment for an active discussion we are limiting the group to 15 participants!   Registration deadline is March 13th.   

  Register online today to ensure your spot!

We will be reading Discovering the Culture of Childhood by Emily Plank.

Discussion Sessions will run from 6 – 8pm.

  • Session 1, Chapters 1 & 2 – Wednesday April 10
  • Session 2, Chapters 3 & 4 – Wednesday May 1
  • Session 3, Chapters 5 & 6 – Wednesday June 12

There will be 6 professional hours, accepted by licensing, awarded for participation in all 3 of the discussion sessions.

A bit about the book…

“We often filter our interactions with children through the lens of adulthood. View the culture of childhood through a whole new lens. Identify age-based bias and expand your outlook on and understanding of early childhood as a culture. Examine various elements of childhood culture: language, the power of believing, artistic expressions, and social structure. Filled with research and stories from around the world, this book offers a multitude of different perspectives to relate to. Understanding children’s dispositions of questioning, wonder, engagement, and cooperation from the inside changes everything.”

You will receive a confirmation email following registration with all the Zoom meeting information included.

If you are not familiar with Zoom meetings, we are happy to assist you. Zoom is usable on computers, tablets, smartphones and by landline. You can find some simple tutorials on FCCAM’s website in the Tech Tool Help section. You can also email us at: and we can arrange a trial run, or just answer additional questions.