Board and Committees

The mission of FCCAM is to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in the State of Maine.

Board members, are the fiduciaries who steer the non-profit association towards a sustainable future through adoption of sound, ethical, legal governance and financial management policies.

Nonprofit board members:

  1. Ensure prudent use of all assets, including facilities, people, and good will.
  2. Provide oversight for all activities that advance the nonprofit’s effectiveness and sustainability.
  3. Make decisions in the best interest of the nonprofit corporation; not in their own self-interest.
  4. Ensure that the nonprofit obeys applicable laws and acts in accordance with ethical practices; that the nonprofit adheres to its stated corporate purposes, and that its activities advance its mission.

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The 2020 FCCAM Board of Directors provide a strong representation of the diversity of family child care providers in Maine. They have a variety of years of experience in the ece field and represent rural, suburban and urban areas across Maine. Their professional experiences will support FCCAM’s work guided by our mission to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in Maine.      

Nominated Individuals have worked in the ece field as: 

Sole licensees; licensees with staff; staff in fcc home; MRTQ District Coordinator; Home Start provider

Earned Recognitions:

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 

Professional work outside their program:

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; ECE Training presenters

2020 FCCAM Board of Directors:

Chrissie Davis (Somerset) – Chair

Bridget Barden (York) – Vice Chair

Brendle Johnson (York) – Secretary

Sasha Shunk (Cumberland) – Treasurer

Stacie Archibald (Cumberland) 

Tammy Dwyer (Androscoggin) 

April Picard (Somerset) 

Angela Ramsey (Washington)  

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Committee Chairs:

Public Policy – Bridget Barden, Chair

  • Keep public policy positions of FCCAM up to date
  • Stay informed and engaged in public policy activities, at the local, state and national level
  • Develop annual public policy priorities for issues related to family child care in Maine, in the context of the political climate and legislative/regulatory schedule of the state
  • Ensure communication with the Board, membership and NAFCC on a regular basis

Outreach/Membership – Sasha Shunk, Chair

  • Support efforts to network on local, statewide and national level
  • Through various forms of communication will inform family child care providers of the benefits of membership in FCCAM and NAFCC
  • Increase membership
  • Ensure members receive information about local, state and national activity including professional development opportunities
  • Communicating with the general public regarding child care issues and Association business
  • Writing releases on upcoming events and newsworthy items
  • Maintains informational materials such as brochures, flyers, displays

Governance: – April Picard, Chair

  • Assess the Board’s current composition and identify needs
  • Identify and cultivate prospective Board members
  • Send out Call for Nominations Form to membership to ensure there are qualified candidates nominated for Board positions
  • Develop and present approved slate of nominees to Board
  • Oversee election of Board members

Professional Learning – Tammy Dwyer, Chair

  • Develops and maintains resource materials that support best practices in early childhood development
  • Coordinates conference events
  • Oversees mentoring program
  • Develop educational services and resources for family child care providers and staff

Liaisons / Collaboration:

MaineAEYC:  Bridget Barden

NAFCC state leadership: 

NAFCC Region 1 representative: Sasha Shunk

Right from the Start