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Upcoming Training Opportunities

FREE Webinar: Children & Grief – Beyond the Basics / Friday, February 11, 2021  |  3:30pm

(no awarded training hours)

Join us for a deeper dive into supporting children, parents, and caregivers when the serious illness or death of a family member or close relationship happens. We will highlight the impact of grief and loss for children and families during the pandemic and share strategies to deepen meaningful conversations in supporting grieving children.

Goal: To provide a deeper understanding of the complexities of children’s losses within the context of their environment, and how to support them as they move through grief, loss, and change.

1. Participants will gain awareness around how the complexity of grief, loss, and change is related to a child’s environment and experiences during development.

2. Participants will be introduced to strategies for supporting children as they navigate grief relative to a death, an illness in the family, or collective loss.

MCD Public Health is proud to sponsor three Playwork’s Play Leadership Essentials workshop series in March, as part of this year’s Healthy Kids Healthy Future’s effort.

The workshop series are FREE, open to any interested provider. 8 contact hours will be awarded to attendees who complete the series. The workshop series is offered on 3 different schedules. Registration links are provided for each separately scheduled series below.

Register Here! for Series 1

Register Here! for Series 2

Register Here! for Series 3

Playworks is a nationally recognized program renowned for their evidence-informed services and strategic approach to scale. The focus of these workshops is on the power of play and includes proactive group management strategies, effective game facilitation and indoor play design. 

NEW FREE Training:COVID-19 Safety Training for Child Care Providers

The University of Southern Maine’s Cutler Institute, with funding from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has developed a no-cost, web-based COVID-19 safety training for child care providers. The training focuses on worker safety, is accessible on the MRTQ PDN training portal, and completion results in 1.5 contact hours.

Why is this training important?

As a child care provider, you play a key role in supporting children and their families during this pandemic. By implementing and following infection prevention practices at your workplace, you can keep yourself and the children you care for safe.

The training is:

  • Free and easy to use.
  • Accessible via computer, tablet, or smart phone.
  • Approximately 90 minutes in length. Start and stop at your convenience and pick-up where you left off!
  • Focused on the specific risks of COVID-19 to people working in child care settings and provides information that will help you stay safe.


This material was produced under grant number SH-99003-SH0 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Let’s Go! water Break Trainings has 2 more free webinars coming up……. contact hours will be awarded

Movement Matters: COVID Safe Considerations on Feb. 22nd/ 1-1:30 pm

Registration Required

Tips, Tricks and Recipes for Healthy Snacks! on March 29th / 1-1:30 pm

Registration Required


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.