Children’s Growth Council, Child Care Advisory Council, and Children’s Caucus?

There are multiple groups that are working for children and families in Maine. Some work for just one viewpoint, others are focused on one topic, others are very broad. Some share stakeholders, board or council members. Some work alone while others collaborate. It's important to have some understanding of the various groups that are discussing … Continue reading Children’s Growth Council, Child Care Advisory Council, and Children’s Caucus?

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……)

Hello, Fellow Family Child Care Professional……….

Guest blog post by Deborah Arcaro, M.ED, Family Child Care Professional since 1988 Someone asked me what I did this past week and again I found myself thinking about my response. I'm a teacher. I support children and families. I run my own business. What professional term describes what I do? ...... When someone asks you what you do how do you respond? How … Continue reading Hello, Fellow Family Child Care Professional……….

New ECE Policy Leadership Program in Maine

MaineAEYC has announced the creation of the ECE Policy Leadership Program to support Maine’s budding early childhood advocates! Join a cohort of 15-20 early childhood professionals to learn best practice and strategies in speaking about the most pressing, critical early childhood issues. We will improve our communication strategies and shape our stories of early childhood … Continue reading New ECE Policy Leadership Program in Maine

Preschool Development Birth Through Five Initial Grant Awarded

FCCAM has just received word that Maine's Department of Education (DOE) was awarded $1,011,080 for their Preschool Development Birth Through Five (PDG B-5) Initial Grant application. Reading through the purpose and structure of this grant award, it is clear that family child care programs are an important part of the child care structure and stakeholders … Continue reading Preschool Development Birth Through Five Initial Grant Awarded

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?