With the large numbers of individual testimonies being submitted by emails to committee clerks, the Legislature has created a new process to submit testimony online. With this change, if you plan to provide testimony in-person you should not use the online system. Maine's citizens are engaging beyond just voting. Our voices are being heard on … Continue reading Testimony on Bills by Email Moves to On-Line Process
What providers are required to have in their policy handbook regarding immunizations is being questioned more as we are seeing more daily news on disease outbreaks. Families are asking what our policies are. Providers are reflecting on their current practices and personal beliefs. Licensing requires that family child care providers, at minimum, follow state law. … Continue reading Immunizations…… Required or Not?
Guest post by Sasha Shunk I always had one passion in life, for as long as I can remember I wanted to be a teacher. I remember playing “school” with my younger brother. I would write math problems on the windows for him to solve. Throughout high school I participated in Future Teachers of America. … Continue reading Family Child Care: A Professional Career Path
As licensed family child care professionals in Maine, we have agreed to follow the Licensing Rule. This post is to inform providers of infractions following the adoption of the 2017 FCC Licensing Rule. We are sharing the list so providers are aware of what is happening within Maine in the over 900 licensed family child … Continue reading Licensing Infractions
There are 3 bills heading to committee and public hearing that the FCCAM's Public Policy Committee is currently following. We do not have the hearing date for all 3 at this time, but wanted providers to have the time to: digest the bills; be aware of the thoughts raised in Public Policy Committee discussions; and … Continue reading 3 More Bills to Know About
The only national conference dedicated to the field of family child care is happening at Rosen Shingle Creek hotel, in Orlando, Florida, June 19-22, 2019. There is still time to pre-register and take advantage of a member benefit: a conference layaway payment plan. You must be a current member of NAFCC through June 30, 2019. … Continue reading 2019 NAFCC Annual Conference
In an earlier post we introduced 3 groups that offer education and advice to the Department of Health and Human Services and the legislature. In this post we'd like to look at support for child care in Maine from the advocacy viewpoint. Think child care and then think Police, American Heart, Chamber of Commerce, Equal … Continue reading Right from the Start Coalition
Well, the first discussion is behind us. For this first discussion training the Professional Learning Committee would like to say Thank You to the many early childhood professionals from across family child care, centers and public schools that joined the discussion sharing their opinions, knowledge and experiences. This open sharing supports the work we all … Continue reading What’s Ahead for the Children’s Book Discussion Group?
There are multiple groups that are working for children and families in Maine. Some work for just one viewpoint, others are focused on one topic, others are very broad. Some share stakeholders, board or council members. Some work alone while others collaborate. It's important to have some understanding of the various groups that are discussing … Continue reading Children’s Growth Council, Child Care Advisory Council, and Children’s Caucus?
Maine’s Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP) assists eligible families in paying for child care if they work, are enrolled in school, participate in a job training program, or are retired and the legal guardian of a child. On average CCSP serves over 4,000 Maine children and has over 800 participating providers. There is a need … Continue reading Maine’s Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP)