The Executive Director of MaineAEYC, Tara Williams, has shared information from Maine Children's Alliance's last legislative update on the budget vote and final bill enactments. The Public Policy Committee of FCCAM wanted to share information about the bills we have been active on this legislative session. Maine State Budget Friday, June 14th, the Maine Legislature … Continue reading Legislative Session Update
FCCAM Public Policy Committee received an update on the status of 2019 legislation and budget sent out to collaboration partners of Right from the Start. The state budget will not cover all the bills moved forward from committees. There will be some hard decisions needing to be made among the bills passed by the legislature … Continue reading Update on Early Childhood Education and Care Bills
A public hearing has been scheduled for LD 1584 "An Act To Attract, Build and Retain an Early Childhood Education Workforce through Increased Training, Education and Career Pathway" on Thursday, May 9th. This is an Early Childhood Education workforce bill that establishes career pathways, supports career and technical education centers (CTE), an ECE apprenticeship program, funds … Continue reading LD 1584 ~ ECE Workforce Bill Gets a Public Hearing 5/9/19
If you shop at AmazonSmile you can now support FCCAM at no cost to yourself. AmazonSmile offers all of the same items, prices, and benefits of its you get shopping on Amazon.com. You can even take advantage of your Prime membership benefits, sales and more. The website looks the same as the main site, except … Continue reading AmazonSmile Meets FCCAM!
FCCAM just sent out the statewide email campaign that follows. We have done our best to maintain a current email list of providers in Maine, but we know that we are missing some. If you didn't get this as an email, please access the 1 question survey from this post. Your input is really important … Continue reading We’re Looking for Provider Input!
Why do we need liability insurance when we have homeowners insurance? Liability Insurance is not required to be licensed in Maine, but it is strongly encouraged. Why is it encouraged? Homeowner insurance policies generally exclude coverage for any business operation. Although some Homeowner insurance policies allow endorsements to be purchased that protect your business. For … Continue reading Liability Insurance? Why?
We are sharing a new resource recently added to the Maine Roads to Quality (MRTQ) website about supporting children and families that are experiencing homelessness. As providers we need to be informed about what homelessness is before we can begin to meet a child's need that is experiencing it. Sadly, too many children in Maine … Continue reading Working with Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness
Last year FCCAM's Public Policy Committee learned very quickly how important it is to be providing our knowledge about our profession to the legislators writing, hearing and adopting Bills. We found Legislators were very open to hearing our thoughts and respected that we had first-hand knowledge about the issues we were speaking to. Over the … Continue reading Advocating for Yourselves
The NAFCC Quality Standards Review Team has now released revised Quality Standards. The Team has been revising standards to reflect best practice and has focused particularly on child assessment and social and emotional development. What does this mean for you? If your program is accredited by the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) OR … Continue reading Accreditation
Thanks to past calls to urge Congress to prioritize child care, we won a modest increase in funding for child care in 2017. But our work isn’t done. Congress is moving on to the 2018 budget, and we need to push for even larger investments. Thursday, May 18 is a nationwide call-in day, asking U.S. … Continue reading Child Care is a Priority! National Call-in Day 5/18