DHHS Transportation Services Holding Client/Stakeholder Listening Sessions

FCCAM received information from DHHS that could have impact on family child care programs and the children and families they serve. We encourage you to read the following informational piece and to also share with the appropriate families. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides transportation to approximately 55,000 Mainers each year. … Continue reading DHHS Transportation Services Holding Client/Stakeholder Listening Sessions

iLookOut Coming Jan. ’20

iLookOut for Child Abuse is a multi-media, online learning program developed by the Center for Protection of Children at Penn State University. This program is designed to prepare early childhood professionals to be responsible mandated reporters of suspected child abuse. The interactive activities and resources included in the iLookOut training have been approved to satisfy the … Continue reading iLookOut Coming Jan. ’20

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……)

What’s Ahead for Quality for ME?

Maine's 128th Legislature charged the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to develop and then report on a plan to increase the number of programs participating with Quality for ME, Maine's quality rating and improvement system, at Steps 3 and 4. Here is the legislative charge completed with Committee Amendment: LD 383 - An Act … Continue reading What’s Ahead for Quality for ME?

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