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Advocacy at Work

We are sharing some of the recent work of the joint Family Child Care Association of Maine (FCCAM) and MaineAEYC Public Policy Committee. In December, a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package deal was reached. As part of this deal $10 billion is to be provided for the child care industry.  Maine will be receiving their portion of those funds through the Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG). The Joint Public Policy Committee drafted recommendations which were submitted to DHHS and OCFS for consideration in how these funds could best support the child care system and it’s workforce in Maine.

In December, federal lawmakers reached a deal on a $900 billion Covid-19 pandemic relief package that provides $10 billion in funding for the child care industry.  Maine will be receiving a portion of those funds through the Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG).   and the  worked with our Public Policy Committee members to draft recommendations to submit to DHHS and OCFS for consideration of the use of funds. Here is a copy of our joint recommendations.

As soon as we hear how funds will be used we will spread the word.

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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.