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Providers Watch for These Changes!

UPDATE (8/12)*** Program Portal is active and the Quality Improvement Awards and Minigrants will officially open on Wednesday, August 26!

Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network (MRTQ PDN) has recently announced in their weekly “Shortcuts” email 2 changes that re coming soon and are important for providers to be aware of as both have to do with your business.

Program Portal on Child Care Choices

The Program Portal will allow individual programs to update the information displayed on the Maine’s online search for child care programs: Child Care Choices.

Beginning in August of 2020, programs will be able to update the following information:

  • Number(s) of openings, listed by age:
  • If the program accepts Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP) funding.

More information will be coming in SHORTcuts in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!.


Quality Improvement Awards and Minigrants

MRTQ PDN is excited to announce that additional funding through the Child Care Development Block Grant has been designated for Quality Improvement Awards and Minigrants!

Coming in August, programs that have moved up from Step 1 to 2 or 2 to 3 with Quality for ME, are pursuing national accreditation and Step 4, or have maintained a Step 4 will be eligible to apply for a one-time funding award. The grant period will extend back to July 1, 2019.

FCCAM encourages all providers and staff join the MRTQ Registry.


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.