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
Our next series of posts will focus on the professional side of child care in Maine. Who knows what "MRTQ PDN" stands for and who can be part of it? ~ Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network ~ here to promote and support professionalism in the early care and education field. Professional Development, not … Continue reading Just What is MRTQ PDN?
A public hearing has been scheduled for LD 1584 "An Act To Attract, Build and Retain an Early Childhood Education Workforce through Increased Training, Education and Career Pathway" on Thursday, May 9th. This is an Early Childhood Education workforce bill that establishes career pathways, supports career and technical education centers (CTE), an ECE apprenticeship program, funds … Continue reading LD 1584 ~ ECE Workforce Bill Gets a Public Hearing 5/9/19
If you shop at AmazonSmile you can now support FCCAM at no cost to yourself. AmazonSmile offers all of the same items, prices, and benefits of its you get shopping on Amazon.com. You can even take advantage of your Prime membership benefits, sales and more. The website looks the same as the main site, except … Continue reading AmazonSmile Meets FCCAM!
Update: LD 1043 was the Public Pre-K bill that moved forward. Following public hearing 5/6/19 LD 1043 was voted: OTP -AM. Workshop session has not been scheduled as of this posting. Let’s look briefly at these 4 bills……… LD 1043 changes the start date to 2020/21 school year for all school administrative units to have … Continue reading 4 Upcoming Public Preschool Bills (updated 5/14/19)