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”

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?

Maine’s CCDF (FFY19-21) State Plan

We have posted links to the draft of the state plan and asked you to consider sending in your comment. Members of FCCAM Board and public policy committee have participated on a number of calls discussing the draft of the state's CCDF plan. Today, FCCAM submitted the following comments to be added to the public … Continue reading Maine’s CCDF (FFY19-21) State Plan

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

Maine’s Early Childhood Day of Action, February 27th

On Feb. 28th, the Health and Human Services Joint Committee will hold another work session to continue discussion on a wide range of bills regarding child care. These bills have direct impact on family child cares. FCCAM understands that reactions to the various bills will be as diverse as Maine's fcc providers are. When FCCAM … Continue reading Maine’s Early Childhood Day of Action, February 27th

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)

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?

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

Maine Child Care Subsidy 2017 Market Rate

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. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the designated lead agency in Maine, responsible for the planning and administration of the child care subsidies funded from the … Continue reading Maine Child Care Subsidy 2017 Market Rate