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Council for a Strong America released their NATIONAL report on the challenges of rural early care and education. Chrissie Davis, FCCAM Chair was contacted for this report.

Here is the link to the full article which includes the video: https://www.strongnation.org/articles/1369-early-childhood-programs-scarcity-undermines-americas-rural-communities .

We look forward to a Maine-specific video for the Maine report to be released in Jan 2021.


EXTENSION!!! Maine Child Care Market Rate Survey

The Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) has extended the due date for the 2021 Child Care Market Rate Survey to January 29, 2021. The market rate survey is critical in providing a thorough and transparent accounting of child care providers’ costs so every provider’s participation is important.

The survey is available for download at:  https://www.burnshealthpolicy.com/maine_2021childcaremrs/. Questions about the survey can be directed to Burns & Associates at OCFSChildCareMRS@healthmanagement.com, or by calling (602) 241-8523.

We greatly appreciate the support of those providers that have already completed the survey, and are hopeful this extension will provide a sufficient time for all other providers to participate.

Sincerely,

Crystal Arbour
Child Care Services Program Manager
Maine Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Child and Family Services
Ph: (207) 626-8683

Providers – 5 Minutes of Your Time is Needed

FCCAM previously posted a Jan. 27th release from Maine Office of Child and Family Services that shared the Bipartisan Policy Center Reports Child Care Improvements in Maine. Maine Public (MPBS/Radio) has a responding Feb 1st post New analysis counts 280 fewer child care facilities in Maine over two-year period. Discussion raised with these posts has to…

Writing Teams and Targeted Reviewers needed for update of the Maine Early Learning and Development Standards

The Maine Early Learning and Development Standards (MELDS) are the state’s learning standards for children ages three-five. Building from the Infant Toddler MELDS (IT MELDS) and bridging developmental expectations to the Maine Learning Results (MLRs), the MELDS inform all early childhood professionals about the typically developing expectations of young children as well as curriculum and…


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