Just What is MRTQ PDN?

Our next series of posts will focus on the professional side of child care in Maine. Who knows what "MRTQ PDN" stands for and who can be part of it? ~ Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network ~ here to promote and support professionalism in the early care and education field. Professional Development, not … Continue reading Just What is MRTQ PDN?

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

Reduce Childhood Lead Exposure in Maine

Following is an email FCCAM received asking for assistance in reaching family child care providers. Hello, The below email is intended for staff at schools, day cares, and other child care facilities where there is risk of exposure to lead-contaminated paint and water. Please assist the US EPA in distributing this message throughout Maine as part … Continue reading Reduce Childhood Lead Exposure in Maine

Who / What is FCCAM?

As with any new organization we get asked different versions of "Who or what is FCCAM?" This summer our Board spent time discussing this to see if we could bring it all together to share with family child care providers and also the wider community.                  --------------------------------------------------------------- Who … Continue reading Who / What is FCCAM?

Grant Opportunity!

We've just received this information on a grant opportunity that is open to Early Childhood Educators working with children birth-8​ who are interested in improving their outdoor play/learning environment by including more natural features in support of self-initiated play and child-entered learning. It is time sensitive with an application deadline of May 28, 2018.   … Continue reading Grant Opportunity!

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?