Changes to Child Development Services (CDS) System are Ahead

Significant changes to the Child Development Services (CDS) System are ahead with adoption of LD 1870. The proposed changes means a shifting of responsibility for early intervention services for 3 - under 6 year olds (Part B) to our public schools. There will also be impact to Part C - birth to under 3 years … Continue reading Changes to Child Development Services (CDS) System are Ahead

What Do You Know About Maine WIC Nutrition Program?

Did you know that only half of all income-eligible Maine families participate in WIC? As family child care providers we can provide information on WIC to both current families and potential clients. What is WIC? It's a nutrition and health program for growing families.  Maine CDC WIC Nutrition Program provides: Checks to buy healthy foods … Continue reading What Do You Know About Maine WIC Nutrition Program?

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

Invitation to an ECE Public Policy and Advocacy Forum

Schedule of Events 8:00-9:00 - Morning Coffee, Snacks, and Networking 9:00-9:15 - Opening/Welcome 9:15-10:15 - Keynote 10:30-11:30 - Morning Breakout Sessions 11:30-12:30 - Lunch and MaineAEYC Special Announcement 12:45-1:45 - Afternoon Breakout Sessions 2:00-3:00 - Partnering at the Local Level and Closing Session Descriptions Morning Breakout Sessions: Crafting Stronger, Clearer Messages - Amy O’Leary and … Continue reading Invitation to an ECE Public Policy and Advocacy Forum

Is Your Parent Handbook Up to Date?

Maine Department of Health and Human Services - Licensing and Regulatory Services has been updating their section of the Maine government website. There are now samples for many of the required information forms required to operate a licensed family child care. You are able to develop your own forms, but these are a place to … Continue reading Is Your Parent Handbook Up to Date?

Transitioning from Part C to Part B

How Does the Transition from Part C to B Work? Transition planning begins when the child turns 2, intensifying during the last 6 months before the child’s third birthday. Transition activities include: Writing a transition plan as part of the child’s IFSP Holding a transition conference at least 90 days before the 3rd birthday Family and child … Continue reading Transitioning from Part C to Part B

CDS: Part B (ages 3 – 5)

Special Education services under Part B include: evaluations, development of individualized education plan, special instruction, identifications/eligibility, behavior consultation, and physical/speech and occupational therapies. What is the referral and evaluation process like for Part B? For children age 3 to school age 5, CDS has 45 days from the date it receives signed permission from the … Continue reading CDS: Part B (ages 3 – 5)

CDS: Part C Birth thru 2

  What is Early Intervention PART C? Children birth to age 3 are served under Part C. Focus is on supporting the family, as well as the child. Early intervention (EI) refers to services available to assist infants and toddlers who have Developmental Delay. Delayed development can be in the domains of social/emotional, cognitive, adaptive, motor, or … Continue reading CDS: Part C Birth thru 2

What is “Child Find”?

How many of you have heard of "Child Find"? "Child Find" is an important part of Early Invention. The simple explanation is: "Child Find" is mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), to continuously search for and evaluate children who may have a disability. The primary purpose of IDEA is to ensure that all … Continue reading What is “Child Find”?

What is Child Development Services (CDS)?

There always seems to be questions about Child Development Services (CDS). What are the different Parts? What is the process? What is the timeline? What is covered?........... Experiencing these questions first hand, as providers ourselves, FCCAM has gathered information we will be providing through a series of posts on CDS. These informational posts should support us as … Continue reading What is Child Development Services (CDS)?