As family child care providers, our schedules are most likely already overbooked, but that doesn't mean we can leave it up to others to make informed decisions that impact our profession and our private businesses. We each need to find a way to stay informed on where our elected officials on the federal, state and … Continue reading Informed Voting Matters!
We have just received the Market Rate that is effective June 30, 2018. *Be aware the ages do not align with Licensing Rule language. See the definitions for ages at the bottom of the third sheet.
Parties engaged in early childhood education often reach out to FCCAM to support their programs or projects. Some we are able to directly respond to. Some we provide supporting information to. Some we pass information out to members and the wider provider community asking for responses. Recently FCCAM received this email: Good Morning, My name … Continue reading
This post is a REMINDER of an approaching Deadline for provider input. FCCAM believes it is important that providers are aware of events happening on the local, state and federal level that will have impact on their small business. FCCAM tries to provide notice on this site, through it's Facebook page and emails about just … Continue reading June 18th Deadline Approaching
We've just received this information on a grant opportunity that is open to Early Childhood Educators working with children birth-8 who are interested in improving their outdoor play/learning environment by including more natural features in support of self-initiated play and child-entered learning. It is time sensitive with an application deadline of May 28, 2018. … Continue reading Grant Opportunity!
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
Since providers started talking about the formation of a statewide association that was specifically for family child care providers one of the goals was to affiliate with a national professional association. It made sense that that association would be the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC). Why did the founding group of providers feel … Continue reading Why Affiliate?