Immunizations…… Required or Not?

What providers are required to have in their policy handbook regarding immunizations is being questioned more as we are seeing more daily news on disease outbreaks. Families are asking what our policies are. Providers are reflecting on their current practices and personal beliefs. Licensing requires that family child care providers, at minimum, follow state law. … Continue reading Immunizations…… Required or Not?

Licensing Infractions

As licensed family child care professionals in Maine, we have agreed to follow the Licensing Rule. This post is to inform providers of infractions following the adoption of the 2017 FCC Licensing Rule. We are sharing the list so providers are aware of what is happening within Maine in the over 900 licensed family child … Continue reading Licensing Infractions

Maine’s Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP)

Maine’s Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP) assists eligible families in paying for child care if they work, are enrolled in school, participate in a job training program, or are retired and the legal guardian of a child. On average CCSP serves over 4,000 Maine children and has over 800 participating providers. There is a need … Continue reading Maine’s Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP)

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……)

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

CACFP Daycare Home Sponsors by County

Androscoggin Androscoggin Head Start & Child Care      207-795-4046 Catholic Charities      207-786-0925 or 1-800-784-0157 Community Concepts, Inc.      207-739-6615 Family Focus      207-406-4573 ext. 125 Western Maine Community Action (Livermore Falls Area)    207-860-4485 or 207-645-3764  ext. 5272 Aroostook Aroostook County Action Program      207-768-3026 ext. 325 Horizons Unlimited, Inc.     207-764-6659 Cumberland Catholic Charities  … Continue reading CACFP Daycare Home Sponsors by County

Water Testing and Labs

As of 1/1/2017, the Department of Health and Human Services stopped providing water test kids as part of licensing applications or renewals. With the adoption of Licensing Rule 9/20/2017, providers need to have a first draw test performed as part of licensing (new and renewal). This tests for lead and needs to be done for … Continue reading Water Testing and Labs

Market Rate/Subsidy Rate for 2018

Market Rate effective June 30, 2018. *Be aware the ages do not align with Licensing Rule language. See the definitions for ages at the bottom of the third sheet. Maine's Child Care Subsidy Program helps eligible families to pay for child care, so they can work, go to school or participate in a job training program. … Continue reading Market Rate/Subsidy Rate for 2018

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