Posted in DHHS / OCFS, ECE Information, Professional Development

Maine’s 2021 Statewide Early Childhood Education Conference Is Going Virtual

FCCAM’s Professional Learning Committee wants providers to know about the opportunity for more providers to attend the 2021 Statewide ECE Conference for FREE! We also want those that had already registered for this event to have time to make any adjustments needed.


from the Statewide Conference Planning Team:

We have had growing concerns within our conference planning team and from many of our presenters and participants around the Delta Variant. Most of you are teachers, staff, and leaders at child care centers, family child care programs, and public schools who will be going back to spaces with children two days after our event. And, as you know, vaccines for children are not yet available. We don’t feel it is going to be safe to continue with a large indoor event that is only weeks away during a surge in cases in Maine.

We are excited about the excellent keynote speakers and presenters who will be able to bring you great content over the two days as well as new opportunities this will allow for, such as access to sessions beyond the event itself. Below are some details regarding the change from in-person to virtual: 



Registration:

  • The $70 registration cost will allow access to the conference for the full 2 days and beyond!  We are working within our conference planning team to make adjustments to those who have already purchased tickets for two days and paid $140.
  • Exciting news! If you haven’t registered yet, there will be 170 more complimentary registrations available next week on September 16th at 6am. Stay tuned for an email from The Office of Child and Family Services with a code to register for FREE! 

Keynote Speakers and Breakout Sessions: 

  • There will be one keynote and 30 live workshops to choose from each day. Most sessions will be recorded for later viewing so you can attend and engage with even more content for months after the event.
  • LIVE Keynote Address with Walter Gilliam on Friday and Lisa Murphy on Saturday! 
  • Other LIVE breakout sessions with Lisa Murphy on Saturday include Lisa Murphy on Being Child Centered and Lisa Murphy On…Play! The Importance of Early Experiences. Please note, these sessions will only run live on Saturday and will not be recorded for future viewing. 
  • Over 50 breakout sessions to choose from over the 2 days including: 
    • Business Basics for Family Child Care Providers 
    • Supporting LGBTQ Families in the Early Childhood Setting
    • Mindfulness: Experience and Inquiry
    • Moving Out: First Steps to Creating an Outdoor Classroom
    • Creating a Trauma Sensitive Classroom
    • And much more! 

Questions? Check out the 2021 Statewide Early Childhood Education Conference Event Page and always feel free to reach out!

Posted in ECE Information, Professional Development

Bangor ECE Conference Planned for Oct is going Virtual

The Maine Early Childhood Conference planning team is working on a process that will move this year’s event from in-person to virtual. We are planning for the virtual conference to take place on the same days, October 22nd and 23rd. We will be in touch next week with more information, but in the meantime, we wanted you to know about this decision right away so that those who have booked hotel rooms can cancel without penalty.

For those who may have booked rooms at the Fairfield Inn or Residence Inn, please be sure to cancel by the end of the day tomorrow, Wednesday, September 1st.

For those staying in other hotels, we recommend you cancel ASAP, and let them know this is COVID-related.


We have had growing concerns within our conference planning team and from many of our presenters and participants around the Delta Variant. Most of you are teachers, staff, and leaders at child care centers, family child care programs, and public schools who will be going back to spaces with children two days after our event. And, as you know, vaccines for children are not yet available. We don’t feel it is going to be safe to continue with a large indoor event that is only weeks away during a surge in cases in Maine.

We are excited about the excellent keynote speakers and presenters who will be able to bring you great content over the two days as well as new opportunities this will allow for, such as access to sessions beyond the event itself. Stay tuned for more details and information.

Posted in Professional Development

Transportation Trainings

from Licensing ~

Children’s Licensing and Investigation Services is pleased to be working with the Bureau of Highway Safety to promote and provide a state approved transportation training. 

The Bureau of Highway Safety is offering a FREE Child Care Provider Transporter Training in 2 locations: Lewiston and Gorham


This training is required of anyone in a child care facility or family child care that transports children as part of their regular duties. There is a limit of 3 staff from the same child care.

The instructor will spend time reviewing proper installation of rear facing infant and convertible seats, forward facing seats and booster seats reviewing both latch and seat belt installations. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions get clarification and practice with instructor guidance before the evaluation. All participants must demonstrate proper installation to successfully complete this training session.

Certificates will be awarded upon completion of the training. You must register to attend.

Please contact Cathy Paglio Catherine.a.paglio@maine.gov to register for training at either location.

Include the name and phone number of the participant(s)when registering.

Class size for each class is limited so register today!!

LEWISTON: Child Passenger Safety Awareness Training for Child Care Providers / Transporting Children ~ August 18 & 19, 2021 ~ Hybrid training

This Child Passenger Safety Awareness Training will be offered as a Hybrid model delivered over two evening sessions utilizing both virtual and in person learning.

Part 1: Remote Learning Wednesday, August 18, 2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This session will be delivered remotely through ZOOM participants will need to have a computer, laptop or tablet with a camera and reliable internet service and must remain in the session for the entirety.

Part 2: In Person Practical Session Thursday, August 19, 2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm / at Central Maine Medical Center 12 High St Parking Garage, Lewiston Maine 04240

This session will focus on hands on installation. Participants will be required to demonstrate proficiency installing various types of car seats. Training seats will be available for this session but participants are encourage to bring their own seats if possible.

The Virtual Classroom link will be sent to attendees that have registered for this training. Please be sure to provide your email address when signing up.


GORHAM: Child Passenger Safety Awareness Training for Child Care Providers / Transporting Children ~ September 18, 2021

This half-day training will be offered at the Gorham Fire Station, located at 270 Main Street in Gorham, on Saturday, September 18,2021 from 9:00 am to 1:00pm.

Posted in Business Practice, MRTQ-PDN, Professional Development, QRIS

CCDF Health and Safety Orientation Training

*Updated 7/2021 ~~

Questions have arisen about the Health and Safety Orientation training following the email providers recently received about the upcoming Child Care Stabilization Grants.

Here are some points for providers to consider:

To meet requirements to apply for this stabilization grant opportunity all owners, directors, and staff have to complete the State approved health and safety training within 90 days of hire. This training is the free 6 hr Health & Safety Orientation training reached through MRTQ PDN On-Demand. For providers and staff that have been working longer than the 90 days of hire, we believe you will also need to have this training completed.

If you participate in the subsidy program you have had to complete this training, and also complete the annual review training.

If you have opened your program in the past few years you probably took this training as it has been part of pre-licensing requirements.

Having read through the QRIS pilot report, this training was noted as a requirement to maintain Star 2 and up. (Rising Stars for ME has not yet been formally adopted and introduced yet to providers. It is expected to be rolled out Fall 2021.)

When you go to register for this training if you cannot enroll it means you have already taken it and MRTQ has that information. If you are needing to take the annual renewal that is time/date sensitive and you cannot take it before your previous year is met.


*Note: the training title is now CCDF Health and Safety Orientation. It previous was dated and CCDF was not included. It has been the top training listed on the On-Demand site.

To access the CCDF Health and Safety Orientation Training, begin by logging into the MRTQ Registry. If you haven’t joined the Registry yet you will need to do that first. Here’s how to join.

Click the “Access” button under Online Training.

You should now find yourself here:

If the CCDF Health and Safety Orientation Training is not the first training you see scroll down through the listed trainings.

You will see a button below the training description. It will either be a green “Enroll” or a gray “Completed”. If you see the “completed” button it means at some point your took this training and it’s on your Registry record.


Here’s a working link to MRTQ Registry home page.


If you find yourself with time some day explore your training history on the Registry, check out other trainings available at MRTQ PDN and enroll for anytime access to the QIT Toolkit.

Posted in ECE Information, Professional Development

Are You Ready for These Conferences?

Our first conference might be new to many family child care providers.

PYDI 2021| The Science of Learning and Development! This virtual conference will be held “live” on July 22 and 23.

The PLC encourages you to read through what the purpose is and what is being offered.

The PLC is sponsoring 5 conference scholarships for members. These can be used for the 2 “live” days or the month availability of all presentations as recordings. There will be professional development certificates awarded. The first 5 members who complete this PYDI scholarship form will be emailed a promo code for 1 free registration.


2021 PYDI Conference Registration is Now Open!

So lets that a look at our first conference ~

This is not your normal Zoom conference. PYDI will be hosted on a cutting edge easy-to-use platform called DCPV360. In addition to live keynotes and breakout sessions, conference goers will have the option to take advantage of many features including a member hub and virtual lounge.

Can’t make the conference on the 22 and 23? If you register by the conference date, you will have access to the entire conference for FOUR weeks.

Conference Purpose: To enable adults who work with young people to expand their understanding of the methods, theory, and data-informed practices that support effective youth engagement, positive climate and overall youth development. An emphasis is given to practical strategies shown to result in meaningful improvement.

Target Audience: The target audience for the PYDI conference is the Allied Youth Fields: Child Care, Cultural Institutes, Juvenile Justice, Schools, Child Welfare, Service, Youth Employment, and Afterschool.2021 Topic: The Science of Learning and Development (SoLD)The SoLD Alliance combines findings from diverse areas of research into an integrated science of learning and development and to apply science-informed strategies to practice

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Conference Vision: Participants will expand their knowledge of the Science of Learning and Development (SoLD) and integrate as a defining measure of whole child personalization of learning and how to support Safe, Stable, Happy and Healthy youth.

PYDI Virtual Lounge: In the virtual lounge, attendees can to experience more than just watching virtual sessions. The virtual lounge feels a little bit like an interactive version of Google street view, or, a video game. In the virtual lounge you can learn something new, see what some afterschool programs are currently doing, and chat with others in this space.

PYDI Member Hub: Each attendee will create their own profile. If desired they will be able to interact and network with others through these profiles. In the hub, attendees can also preview sessions they have signed up for as well as add them to their personal calendar.


Our second conference is the ECE Statewide in-person conference in Bangor, Oct. 22nd and 23rd.

It’s exciting to be getting back in person for Maine’s 2nd Statewide ECE Conference. With an exciting lineup of keynote speakers, break out sessions and networking opportunities we hope to see many of you there.

We are delighted to announce that this year our keynote speakers will be Walter Gilliam from Yale School of Medicine, on Friday and Lisa Murphy, The Ooey Gooey Lady® on Saturday.

This year conference registration has a limited number of FREE registrations for those working in licensed child care programs in Maine, including family child care, center-based programs, Early Head Start and Head Start, and license exempt providers! Thank you to the DHHS Office of Child and Family Services and DOE Head Start Collaboration Office for providing this opportunity to child care educators in Maine!

Pre-Registration for Maine’s 2nd Statewide Early Childhood Education Conference will open ~

June 14th at 5:30am for Family Child Care providers and staff, and License Exempt family friend and neighbor providers

A promo code to register for FREE will be emailed to licensed child care programs on Friday May 11th from the DHHS Office of Child and Family Services.

Owners will be able to register their staff with the promo code sent using staff’s name and email addresses. Open your emails this week from DHHS!

Didn’t get or find your letter?

We have the registration information and promo codes for Family Child Care in our Special Events and Trainings section.

Be sure to enter the code that corresponds to the day you are trying to register for (Friday or Saturday). You can register for both days. It just needs to be done separately. The registration process secures your daily ticket.

To register for the second day, click on the website link again, and repeat the process using the other code you were given that corresponds with the 2nd day you are registering for. Again the registration process secures your daily ticket.

Participants will select breakout sessions for the conference at a later date.

Posted in FCCAM, NAFCC, Professional Development

Scholarships for the 2021 NAFCC Conference

Hitting the High Notes – NAFCC 2021 Annual Conference

This year family child care providers have the opportunity to gather in person or virtually through the annual NAFCC conference. This year’s conference is being held in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, July 7 – 10, 2021.

Why attend a national conference?

To connect with family child care providers from across the nation. To experience the diverse perspectives shared during presentations and gatherings.

The NAFCC conference is open for all providers. You do not need to be a NAFCC member.


The Professional Learning Committee of FCCAM is offering 2 – $100 scholarships for this national conference. The scholarships are for either in-person or virtual.

The scholarships will be awarded to 2 FCCAM members that are attending their first NAFCC Annual Conference. Scholarship payment will be made directly to the winners after proof of their paid registration is provided.

Complete the scholarship application by June 10, 2021

The winners will be selected by lottery and notified by June 14, 2021.


2021 NAFCC Conference Registration options: (early bird registration has passed)

Full Conference

Full access to the main conference plenary sessions, breakouts,
exhibit hall and one ticket to the Saturday Awards luncheon.

After May 1: $250
After June 1: $300

Virtual Conference

Live feed of the plenary sessions, and links with recordings
of all main conference breakouts.

After May 1: $300
After June 1: $325

NAFCC 2021 Conference Registration
Posted in DHHS / OCFS, ECE Information, Professional Development

Conferences Coming This Summer and Fall……….

After a long year it’s great to see conferences within Maine happening again. FCCAM has previously sent out “Save the Date!” notices for the 3 conferences you’ll find below. If you didn’t mark your calendars then, be sure you do now, so you can enjoy the unique professional development opportunities conferences provide.

The Maine Statewide ECE Conference returns for 2021 !

With support from the DHHS Office of Child and Family Services family child care providers will be able to attend the 2021 Statewide ECE Conference for FREE! You will be able to attend either 1 or both days for FREE. OCFS will be providing the promo code to all providers, so be watching for that email!

DOE Head Start Collaboration Office will be joining with OCFS so any provider working in licensed child care programs in Maine, including family child care, center-based programs, Early Head Start and Head Start, and license exempt providers will be able to attend FREE! 

Thank you DHHS Office of Child and Family Services and DOE Head Start Collaboration Office for providing this opportunity to child care educators in Maine!

Registration for Maine’s 2nd Statewide Early Childhood Education Conference will open the week of June 14th! 

Registration will open in the following order: 
June 14th: Registration opens for Family Child Care providers and staff, and License Exempt
June 15th:  Registration opens for center-based child care teachers, staff, and administrators, license exempt (non-relative), and Head Start & Early Head Start teachers, staff, and administrators
June 16th: General Registration Opens  

We will post information soon on how to register through eventbrite, but you can see more information on the event in general now.


Our next conference is not one very many family child care providers have attended in the past because it occurs during the week in the summer. PYDI is an annual professional development conference that enable adults who work with youth of all ages to expand their understanding of the methods, theory, and data-informed practices that support effective engagement, positive climate and overall youth development. 

However, this year PYDI will be virtual! Not your normal Zoom conference, PYDI will be hosted on a cutting edge easy-to-use platform called DCPV360. In addition to live keynotes and breakout sessions, conference goers will have the option to take advantage of many features including a member hub and virtual lounge featuring presentations from Maine youth. Click here to learn more.

If you register, not only will you be able to attend while the event is “virtually live”, but you will have continued access for 2 more weeks. That means you can attend as you wish for 2 weeks.

Virtual PYDI 2021 focuses on the theme of The Science of Learning and Development. The SoLD Alliance combines findings from diverse areas of research into an integrated science of learning and development and to apply science-informed strategies to practice. Click here to learn more about PYDI 2021.

FCCAM is happy to be participating with PYDI this year. We will post information soon on how to register.


Our last conference is another Fall in-person conference being held in Calais. We don’t have more specifics at this time, but will be sure to post as we get it.


As we said in the opening paragraph, it’s great to have these professional development opportunities happening again in Maine and we hope many family child care providers will be able to take advantage of them. Reminder that conferences have capacity limits so when you get the registration information be ready to act on it!

For providers wondering how they can attend a weekday or even travel for a Saturday conference, we recently had a great idea shared with us that we are adding to the FCCAM Business Toolkit: built in professional development closure days for yourself and staff. They are included as part of her holiday/vacation/personal day. They are listed separately and paid for. What a great way to let families know about the professional development requirements licensing requires. As you are updating your Care Agreement awaiting implementation of the new Licensing Rule, this may be a great addition.

Posted in ECE Information, Professional Development

Call for Proposals

Purpose
This fall we are coming back together for Maine’s 2nd Statewide Early Childhood Education (ECE) Conference. This event will explore a wide range of topics for professionals working with and on behalf of children from birth through elementary school. The workshops offered throughout the two days will facilitate success in elementary schools, out of school time programming, Early Head Start and Head Start, family child care, and center-based preschool and infant and toddler settings.

We are putting out a request for proposals for the following areas:

Please complete this Session Proposal form by Friday, May 28th, 2021.
Posted in ECE Information, FCCAM, Professional Development

Mark Your Calendar!

Maine’s 2nd Statewide Early Childhood Education (ECE) Conference is being planned! This event will explore a wide range of topics for professionals working with and on behalf of children from birth through elementary school. Whether you can attend for just 1 or both days, the workshops offered over the two days will facilitate success in elementary schools, out of school time programming, Early Head Start and Head Start, family child care, and center-based preschool and infant and toddler settings.

Mark your calendar now to save the date! We’ll post updates on workshops and registration on the website when available.

The Professional Learning Committee of FCCAM will be making at least 5 – $50 scholarships available for our members for this conference. Information for that will come out with registration.

Posted in ECE Information, Professional Development

Learn About T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship Program

Are you or someone you know working in a licensed child care program and attending a higher education program for Early Childhood Education? You may be eligible for a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship! A T.E.A.C.H. scholarship pays up to 90% of your tuition, reimburses you for text book purchases, provides a $250 stipend each semester and works with your child care program to provide paid time out of your classroom.

Join MaineAEYC for a virtual info session to learn how the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood
Scholarship Program can support your educational and career pathways and how your child care program can benefit. There are three chances to join us!

March 18 th 1:30-2:30pm
April 21 st 7:00-8:00pm
May 13 th 4:00-5:00pm

Contact Morgan Tolin, T.E.A.C.H. Counselor for more information: morgan@maineaeyc.org or 207-747-2490.


Register for the March 18 th Info Session

Register for the April 21 st Info Session

Register for the May 13 th Info Session