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Your 2021 Board of Directors

We would like to take the opportunity to introduce you to FCCAM’s current Board of Directors.

While a very important part of a healthy child care system, family child care is very diverse. Think sole proprietor, licensed-exempt, staffed program, Home Start connected program, or a mix of these. Then think about the ages in care? Programs serve infant/toddler, school-aged, preschool, or mixed ages. What about the program’s focus? Is it play based, nature-based, or maybe art-based? Is the curriculum self developed, purchased, or aligned with a national program like Home Start aligns with Head Start? Then there is the training behind each provider. …………..

How does one organization support this diversity?

For FCCAM it means having a growing membership that comes from every county in Maine. It’s having these members volunteering their time and talents on our Outreach, Professional Learning, and Public Policy committees. It’s having members serve on the Board of Directors.


Welcome 2021 Board of Directors! Thank you for this support of FCCAM.


The 2021 FCCAM Board of Directors continues to provide a strong representation of the diversity of family child care providers across Maine. They have a variety of years of experience in family child care and represent rural, suburban and urban areas across Maine. They are sole proprietors; licensees with staff; staff in fcc home; licensed-exempt; Home Start connected and a District Coordinator for MRTQ-PDN.

The professional experiences of the 2021 Board of Directors will continue to support FCCAM’s work to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in Maine.  

Here’s a sample of some of the professional recognitions Board members have earned:

MRTQ’s Youth Development Credential; State of Maine Inclusion Credential; MRTQ Infant Toddler Credential Level 1; CACFP Child Nutrition Professional Certification; CDA; Enrolled in or earned A.S., B.S., and/or M.S. in Early Childhood Education; NAFCC Accredited programs; 5210 Gold Sites; Quality for ME (QRIS Steps); outdoor classroom certification through Nature Explore 

Here’s a sample of some of the professional recognitions Board members have earned:

MRTQ’s Youth Development Credential; State of Maine Inclusion Credential; MRTQ Infant Toddler Credential Level 1; CACFP Child Nutrition Professional Certification; CDA; Enrolled in or earned A.S., B.S., and/or M.S. in Early Childhood Education; NAFCC Accredited programs; 5210 Gold Sites; Quality for ME (QRIS Steps); outdoor classroom certification through Nature Explore 

Members of the Board also lend their voices to organizations that work with issues around child care outside FCCAM, as well as through FCCAM partnerships. Here are some examples: Maine’s Children’s Cabinet Early Childhood Advisory Council; NAFCC Accreditation Observer/ Region Representative/ Accreditation Council member; CDA observer; Portland Starting Strong Committee; Advisory Board member for WCCC Early Childhood Program; Organizing team for annual early childhood conferences; MRTQ Team member for the Erikson Family Child Care Learning Collaborative/ Strengthening Family Child Care National Pilot; Community of Practice (CoP) facilitator; and ECE Training presenters.


It’s wonderful to see where what was a dream in 2016 stands in 2021 and where the future might lead. None of this would be possible without members stepping forward to add their time and talents. Thank you to all those that have done so over the past 5 years and those that are serving FCCAM now.

All members of FCCAM are welcome to join our active committees at any time. If you think you might be interested in joining a future Board of Directors, please let us know. Just reach out to: fccamaine@gmail.com.

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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.