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

Our Outside Play Yards

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

Maine’s Early Childhood Day of Action, February 27th

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

Maine Child Care Subsidy 2017 Market Rate

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

Proposed Licensing Rule

We have been waiting on changes to licensing and this notice just came through email  from Janet S. Whitten, MSW, Children’s Licensing & Investigation Manager~ Dear Provider, Please find attached the proposed Family Child Care Rule, summary and principal reasons for proposing this rule, and information regarding the Public Hearing.   CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Rule for … Continue reading Proposed Licensing Rule

Mandated Reporting of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy

DATE:            March 15, 2017 TO:                 All Mandated Reporters  FROM:           James Martin, Director, Office of Child and Family Services SUBJECT:      Statement Regarding Mandated Reporting of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy Dear Mandated Reporter: Recent changes in law regarding use of marijuana have naturally catalyzed questions about the impact on healthcare provider’s legal obligation to report marijuana use … Continue reading Mandated Reporting of Marijuana Use During Pregnancy