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Update on Early Childhood Education and Care Bills

FCCAM Public Policy Committee received an update on the status of 2019 legislation and budget sent out to collaboration partners of Right from the Start.

The state budget will not cover all the bills moved forward from committees. There will be some hard decisions needing to be made among the bills passed by the legislature and placed on the Special Appropriations Table.

Here are the early childhood education and care bills that are believed will make it to the Special Appropriations Table or sent directly for Governor’s signature:

As always, providers are encouraged to become informed about the bills around early childhood education and care. Once informed reach out to your elected officials to be sure they are aware of your interest in specific bills.

Follow this action alert link to send a message to legislators on the Appropriations Committee and leadership:  https://secure.everyaction.com/1hdrpJDGFUa7NHqnNCzHkA2

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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.