Posted in FCCAM, Professional Development

FCCAM Offered Trainings Starting Back Up

Providers in Maine are very lucky to have a variety of options for earning their required annual training for licensing, QRIS and Accreditation. You can find links to many of them in the “Trainings” section found on this site.

FCCAM’s Professional Learning Committee will again be offering trainings FREE for our members.

Many of these trainings will also be free for members of MaineAEYC. Cost for non-members will be low. These trainings will be starting up again in Sept. (2019). We will be posting in Facebook and in the “Trainings” section, so you can always find out what is happening.

New “Live” Webinar

We are excited to be able to start offering webinar trainings developed and presented by practicing family child care providers.

Our first offering was developed in response to the questions providers have been asking about Google Drive, such as: How does Drive work? Do I need an account? How can I use to support my fcc business?

Google 101 for Providers

or maybe a better title is: A Child Care Professional’s View of Google Drive and How It Can Support Your Business

This training will start with how to set up a free google account. Then we’ll walk through options for setting up your “Drive”. How to work with folders, sheets, forms, etc and how to use them as an fcc business owner. The walk through will be done in real time. Participants will be able to ask questions. This webinar is visually based, so you do need to be able to access by computer, or tablet / smartphone (using free zoom app) to view the shared screen.

Google 101 for Providers will be “live” on Monday, Sept 16th starting at 6:30pm. The training is scheduled to run 1.5 hrs.

This webinar is FREE for members of FCCAM and MaineAEYC. Cost is $5 for all non-members.

Registration is required. You will receive a confirmation email upon completion of your registration.

This webinar will be recorded and added to the recorded webinars collection we are building.

Our Book Discussion Groups will be starting up again.

Whether you join all the discussions these 2 groups offer or are in and out, professional relationships will be built through the sharing of knowledge and experiences among peers.

The Fall 2019 Professional Book Discussion Group will again be discussing  Discovering the Culture of Childhood by Emily Plank.

The start date has not been set at this time, but is expected to start mid-Sept, meeting 1 evening every other week (total 3 meetings). Group participation will be capped at 20. This is free for members of FCCAM and MaineAEYC or $30 for non-members. FCCAM will provide the book and discussion points to be considered for each section.

There will be a New book for Spring 2020.

The Children’s Book Discussion Group will meet online Oct.’19 to May ’20 (no Dec. meeting), on the 3rd Monday of the month from 6:30pm – 8pm.

We ask that participants come prepared to discuss the focus book(s). We all benefit through sharing activities that expand a child’s learning.

Participants need to register for each monthly discussion. Registration is done online and can be found in the “Trainings” section of the site menu.

FCCAM members will receive at least 3 of the books that will be discussed.


FCCAM works to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in Maine. We understand the critical role of child care providers in the lives of children and families. Through collaboration with other organizations we work to increase awareness of our profession and the value of a strong child care system to Maine's diverse communities.