Immunizations…… Required or Not?

What providers are required to have in their policy handbook regarding immunizations is being questioned more as we are seeing more daily news on disease outbreaks. Families are asking what our policies are. Providers are reflecting on their current practices and personal beliefs. Licensing requires that family child care providers, at minimum, follow state law. … Continue reading Immunizations…… Required or Not?

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

2019 NAFCC Annual Conference

The only national conference dedicated to the field of family child care is happening at Rosen Shingle Creek hotel, in Orlando, Florida, June 19-22, 2019. There is still time to pre-register and take advantage of a member benefit: a conference layaway payment plan. You must be a current member of NAFCC through June 30, 2019. … Continue reading 2019 NAFCC Annual Conference

Right from the Start Coalition

In an earlier post we introduced 3 groups that offer education and advice to the Department of Health and Human Services and the legislature. In this post we'd like to look at support for child care in Maine from the advocacy viewpoint. Think child care and then think Police, American Heart, Chamber of Commerce, Equal … Continue reading Right from the Start Coalition

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……….

LD 222 Discussion Continues…….

(*updated 2/12/19 with FCCAM testimony) While the original intent of LD 222 was to stop all child care programs from charging families when they are closed, the bill as it will be heard on Feb 13th covers programs providing subsidized care. FCCAM has not been able to confirm if there will be any amendments to … Continue reading LD 222 Discussion Continues…….

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”

Confidentiality

The Professional Learning Committee of FCCAM has been doing a good bit of research and reading about policies and contract language the past few months as we have worked to build the new "Business Tool Kit" section of this site. The work has been good for reflection on our own policies, contracts and actual practices. … Continue reading Confidentiality