Dec. 2020 Proposed Changes to FCC Provider Licensing Rule

Public Hearing via Zoom/ Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1 pm. Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-hearing-family-child-care-providers-licensing-rule-tickets-133138792713. If you require special arrangements to attend the public hearing (conducted via zoom) please email licensingrules.OCFS@maine.gov before January 20, 2021 at 1pm.

The Department will accept written comments regarding the rule up until Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 5pm. Please submit your comments via email to : LicensingRules.OCFS@maine.gov.


All providers should have heard yesterday about the proposed changes to the Family Child Care Provider Licensing Rule. This notification included information about Public Hearing and the comment period. It also included a link to the proposed 10-148 CMR Ch. 33 Family Child Care Provider Licensing Rule published December 30, 2020.

Members of the Professional Learning Committee will be going over these proposed changes, so that we can update the “Business Toolkit” (maintained on this website) to include materials that will help you in meeting them.

In a first read through a new requirement under “Section 8: Training” was noticed. This requirement is one providers can pretty easily take care of right now.

“B. Ongoing Training. 3. All Providers and Staff Members must register with Maine’s Professional Development Network.”

Many providers already will meet this as they are already on the Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network Registry. For those who have not joined the Registry here’s the link to get you to the started. The MRTQ Registry is FREE.

Look for….

…. and click the “Join” button.

Complete the information asked for and click “CREATE” for your Registry account. Opening your Registry account is that easy.

Once you have created your account you will be able to add information about your educational background and trainings. You can come back at any time to add or update your information. If you can set aside even 15 minutes you can get a good amount of your information in place. Listing elective training is optional and that is where most time will be needed if you want to post any you have taken in the past 5 years. Please know you do not need to list past trainings.

Let’s look at what some of the informational input pages (found in the top menu – highlighted blue) look like…….

Notice, if you attend any of the Community of Practices (CoP) that MRTQ facilitate those hours are automatically added to your elective hours record. Licensing accepts this record from MRTQ for tracking your annual training hours required to maintain your license.