Discussions continue around legally providing care within your home in Maine. Within these discussions the resources provided to add to the discussion have not all been timely. Part of the mission of the Family Child Care Association of Maine is to provide timely and accurate information when questions are raised around family child care. In … Continue reading Just Who Is a License-exempt Provider?
iLookOut for Child Abuse is a multi-media, online learning program developed by the Center for Protection of Children at Penn State University. This program is designed to prepare early childhood professionals to be responsible mandated reporters of suspected child abuse. The interactive activities and resources included in the iLookOut training have been approved to satisfy the … Continue reading iLookOut Coming Jan. ’20
Are you aware that the Office of Child and Family Services, Children's Licensing and Investigation Services is actively drafting a Unified Child Care Licensing Rule with the intent of updating and clarifying current regulations and to meet federal requirements of the Child Care Development Block Grant? FCCAM received a notification asking for feedback on a … Continue reading Unified Child Care Licensing Rule
Here's a working link to MRTQ Registry home page. FCCAM strongly encourages all family child care providers to be on the registry. It is free to register, MRTQ maintains a record of your trainings/professional hours earned through any trainings and state conferences they sponsor, the Community of Practices they facilitate, and also specific FCCAM trainings … Continue reading Health and Safety Orientation Training
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 … Continue reading FCCAM Offered Trainings Starting Back Up
We are in good shape with 3 conferences for Early Childhood Educators being offered around the state this Fall. Maine has many opportunities for childcare professionals to network through face-to-face Communities of Practice, online CoP, and smaller local groups, but larger conferences offer the opportunities to explore a wider range of topics with a larger … Continue reading Fall Conferences are Opening Registrations
FCCAM shared what Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network is on a previous post. Now it's time to try to clarify that QRIS and MRTQ PDN are not the same! "Quality for ME" QRIS is not about the individual provider, but rather the program. MRTQ PDN registry is about the individual, not the program. … Continue reading QRIS and MRTQ are Not the Same!
As part of our mission to support family child care providers in Maine FCCAM Public Policy Committee is passing along an email we just received. All providers should have also received this. Here's a direct link for a clean copy of the proposed rule. DATE: July 2, 2019TO: Interested PartiesFROM: Todd Landry, Director, Office of … Continue reading Public Hearings on Proposed Changes to Child Care Subsidy Plan (CCSP)
The Executive Director of MaineAEYC, Tara Williams, has shared information from Maine Children's Alliance's last legislative update on the budget vote and final bill enactments. The Public Policy Committee of FCCAM wanted to share information about the bills we have been active on this legislative session. Maine State Budget Friday, June 14th, the Maine Legislature … Continue reading Legislative Session Update
FCCAM Public Policy Committee received an update on the status of 2019 legislation and budget sent out to collaboration partners of Right from the Start. The state budget will not cover all the bills moved forward from committees. There will be some hard decisions needing to be made among the bills passed by the legislature … Continue reading Update on Early Childhood Education and Care Bills