COVID-19 Loan and Grant Programs for Small Businesses

The following information has been pulled directly from the sites handling these loans. PORTLAND AREA PROGRAMS: COVID-19 Loan and Grant Programs for Small Businesses The City of Portland’s Business Loan and Grant Programs are designed to provide financial assistance to Portland businesses impacted by COVID-19. This includes businesses that have remained open, have furloughed some …

Come Learn About Accreditation

If you have interest in learning more about the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation process and the resources here in Maine to support those quality improvement efforts, there is one remaining informational meeting for family child care providers happening on February 25th. Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network, (MRTQ PDN) District …

4 Workshop Series: “Stem Learning in the Early Years”

Bowdoin College Children's Center is offering a 4 workshop series for Early Childhood Educators. All workshops will be held virtually through Zoom (this information will be sent along when you have registered). Registration for the workshops is FREE so you want to get in early. The registration deadline for all workshops is March 22, 2021. …

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 …

Equity Leaders Action Network Fellowship (ELAN) Second Cohort to Start Soon!

"The BUILD Initiative is excited to announce the second cohort of Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN) Fellowship. The Fellowship supports state, county, tribal, and territorial leaders to work within early childhood systems to advance policies, practices, programs, and initiatives that intentionally redress racial marginalization and create racial equity. Applicants should be interested in taking action …