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

Winter Safety Tips

Whether winter brings severe storms, light snow or just cold temperatures, it is our responsibility to keep the children in our care safe and warm.  The following Winter Safety Tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Set reasonable time limits on outdoor play to prevent hypothermia and frostbite.  Have children come inside periodically … Continue reading Winter Safety Tips

Our Outside Play Yards

There has been a great deal of concern about the impact on the outside play yards of family child care programs with the Licensing Rule that went into effect 9/20/17. Concerns from providers and FCCAM were expressed to Licensing and the Health and Human Services Committee. Testimony was provided on LD 1661. The State at … Continue reading Our Outside Play Yards

How Do I Start a Family Child Care Business? (Part 2: Business Plan – Budget)

In Part 1 of this series we looked at what is needed to become licensed and the policies you will need to have in place as a small business owner of a family child care.  So let’s look at the budgeting - cost of doing business - now. A sustainable small business meets the needs … Continue reading How Do I Start a Family Child Care Business? (Part 2: Business Plan – Budget)

Write Testimony on a Bill?…..ummmmm…….

FCCAM has found Legislators are very open to hearing our thoughts and respect that we are speaking from first-hand knowledge about the issues that impact our small business and the health and safety of children in our care. As a statewide association whose mission is to support family child care providers, FCCAM believes it’s important … Continue reading Write Testimony on a Bill?…..ummmmm…….

How Do I Start a Family Child Care Business? (Part1)

Becoming a family child care provider is not for everyone. It is not an easy job. When you welcome children into your home providing a nurturing, safe environment supporting their development, you are not "babysitting", but providing early childhood education. Providing early childhood education is a very important job that many find to be a … Continue reading How Do I Start a Family Child Care Business? (Part1)

Choosing the Right Child Care

What families should be looking for when searching for child care is a big question? Choosing care for a child is one of the toughest and most important decisions guardians have to make. Families know that the care they secure will have an impact on their child's development. What they are looking for impacts not … Continue reading Choosing the Right Child Care

What Do You Need in Your Contract and Policies?

Contracts and policies are a major part of running a sustainable family child care business, but often licensees are unsure of just what should be included. With the new Family Child Care Provider Licensing Rule, effective 9/20/17, the State has listed required items, but does not limit what you include. As Family Child Care providers … Continue reading What Do You Need in Your Contract and Policies?

Resources for Staying Current on ECE

Most family child care providers work over 50 hours a week. Then you add in family life and you do not have much time left. Keeping up on issues and current developments in early childhood education is important for your work, but how can you efficiently do that? The following linked sites provide you with … Continue reading Resources for Staying Current on ECE

Setting Rates for Child Care Services

Setting rates is one of the hardest decisions, yet also one of the most important, that a family child care licensee makes. Only you can decide what works for your program and the clients you are going to be providing child care services for. Here are some points to consider while setting your rates:  Use … Continue reading Setting Rates for Child Care Services