What is “Child Care Choices”? (and why is it important to know……)

Part of our job as family child care professionals is to support families in their search for care. There are multiple parts to this depending on whether we are supporting first time parents, families new to the community, maybe families with special care needs, or families that just cannot find care. Whether you have openings … Continue reading What is “Child Care Choices”? (and why is it important to know……)

New!!! Children’s Book Discussion Group

The Professional Learning Committee is excited to be able to offer this new benefit to members of FCCAM. Through a grant from Maine Roads to Quality, in support of our Professional Learning work, FCCAM will be bringing more free training opportunities to our members. The PLC is building these training opportunities to support the continual … Continue reading New!!! Children’s Book Discussion Group

Hello, Fellow Family Child Care Professional……….

Guest blog post by Deborah Arcaro, M.ED, Family Child Care Professional since 1988 Someone asked me what I did this past week and again I found myself thinking about my response. I'm a teacher. I support children and families. I run my own business. What professional term describes what I do? ...... When someone asks you what you do how do you respond? How … Continue reading Hello, Fellow Family Child Care Professional……….

LD 222 Discussion Continues…….

(*updated 2/12/19 with FCCAM testimony) While the original intent of LD 222 was to stop all child care programs from charging families when they are closed, the bill as it will be heard on Feb 13th covers programs providing subsidized care. FCCAM has not been able to confirm if there will be any amendments to … Continue reading LD 222 Discussion Continues…….

LD 222 (HP185) “An Act To Prohibit Child Care Providers from Requiring Payment during Vacation Closures”

There has been a good amount of discussion among providers upon hearing of this bill that is coming before the Health and Human Services Committee on the afternoon of Feb. 13th. Following is information available from the State of Maine legislative site on this bill. Presented by Representative Michael PERKINS Michael.Perkins@legislature.maine.gov93 Willey Point, Oakland, ME … Continue reading LD 222 (HP185) “An Act To Prohibit Child Care Providers from Requiring Payment during Vacation Closures”

Confidentiality

The Professional Learning Committee of FCCAM has been doing a good bit of research and reading about policies and contract language the past few months as we have worked to build the new "Business Tool Kit" section of this site. The work has been good for reflection on our own policies, contracts and actual practices. … Continue reading Confidentiality

Hello, Health and Human Services Committee!

The Health and Human Services committee sent out an invite to interested parties to come introduce themselves this week. FCCAM was happy to be able to take advantage of this opportunity this year. Sasha Shunk, FCCAM Treasurer and Chair of the Outreach Committee, was able to attend yesterday afternoon, speak in person and provide written … Continue reading Hello, Health and Human Services Committee!

Following the Work of the 129th Maine Legislature

Since our formation, FCCAM is had an active Public Policy Committee. This committee has also worked jointly with MaineAEYC on bills that impact children birth through age 8. While the Public Policy Committee works year round it is busiest when Maine's Legislature is in session.  With the convening in December of the 129th legislature (2019-2020), … Continue reading Following the Work of the 129th Maine Legislature

New ECE Policy Leadership Program in Maine

MaineAEYC has announced the creation of the ECE Policy Leadership Program to support Maine’s budding early childhood advocates! Join a cohort of 15-20 early childhood professionals to learn best practice and strategies in speaking about the most pressing, critical early childhood issues. We will improve our communication strategies and shape our stories of early childhood … Continue reading New ECE Policy Leadership Program in Maine

First Steps to Family Child Care Community of Practice

FCCAM is happy to be part of a new statewide/online Community of Practice specifically for those new to Family Child Care. We encourage anyone new to family child care to register below. Come and see what this supportive community can provide you! The First Steps to Family Child Care CoP will be a place for … Continue reading First Steps to Family Child Care Community of Practice