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
Providers in Maine are very lucky to have a variety of options for earning the required 12 hours of training annually for licensing. For those participating in the state's QRIS -Quality for ME, getting the additional required training hours for each level is also very doable. Attend face-to-face full-day conferences that are offered generally in … Continue reading 12 Hours of Training…… Let’s Get to It!
As of 1/1/2017, the Department of Health and Human Services stopped providing water test kids as part of licensing applications or renewals. With the adoption of Licensing Rule 9/20/2017, providers need to have a first draw test performed as part of licensing (new and renewal). This tests for lead and needs to be done for … Continue reading Water Testing and Labs
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
The Family Child Care Licensing Rule requires licensees to have a number of policies written out and clearly shared with guardians. A record that the provider has shared the following information with the child’s parent at the time of admission: a. Child guidance practices; b. Parental visitation at the child care site; c. Expulsion and … Continue reading Serious Injury and Death Policy
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
FCCAM has found Legislators are very open to hearing our thoughts and respect that we are speaking from first-hand knowledge about the issues that impact our small business and the health and safety of children in our care. As a statewide association whose mission is to support family child care providers, FCCAM believes it’s important … Continue reading Write Testimony on a Bill?…..ummmmm…….
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)
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?
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