Guest blog post by Deborah Arcaro, M.ED, Family Child Care Professional since 1988 Someone asked me what I did this past week and again I found myself thinking about my response. I'm a teacher. I support children and families. I run my own business. What professional term describes what I do? ...... When someone asks you what you do how do you respond? How … Continue reading Hello, Fellow Family Child Care Professional……….
(*updated 2/12/19 with FCCAM testimony) While the original intent of LD 222 was to stop all child care programs from charging families when they are closed, the bill as it will be heard on Feb 13th covers programs providing subsidized care. FCCAM has not been able to confirm if there will be any amendments to … Continue reading LD 222 Discussion Continues…….
The Health and Human Services committee sent out an invite to interested parties to come introduce themselves this week. FCCAM was happy to be able to take advantage of this opportunity this year. Sasha Shunk, FCCAM Treasurer and Chair of the Outreach Committee, was able to attend yesterday afternoon, speak in person and provide written … Continue reading Hello, Health and Human Services Committee!
Since our formation, FCCAM is had an active Public Policy Committee. This committee has also worked jointly with MaineAEYC on bills that impact children birth through age 8. While the Public Policy Committee works year round it is busiest when Maine's Legislature is in session. With the convening in December of the 129th legislature (2019-2020), … Continue reading Following the Work of the 129th Maine Legislature
MaineAEYC has announced the creation of the ECE Policy Leadership Program to support Maine’s budding early childhood advocates! Join a cohort of 15-20 early childhood professionals to learn best practice and strategies in speaking about the most pressing, critical early childhood issues. We will improve our communication strategies and shape our stories of early childhood … Continue reading New ECE Policy Leadership Program in Maine
FCCAM is happy to be part of a new statewide/online Community of Practice specifically for those new to Family Child Care. We encourage anyone new to family child care to register below. Come and see what this supportive community can provide you! The First Steps to Family Child Care CoP will be a place for … Continue reading First Steps to Family Child Care Community of Practice
FCCAM has just received word that Maine's Department of Education (DOE) was awarded $1,011,080 for their Preschool Development Birth Through Five (PDG B-5) Initial Grant application. Reading through the purpose and structure of this grant award, it is clear that family child care programs are an important part of the child care structure and stakeholders … Continue reading Preschool Development Birth Through Five Initial Grant Awarded
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