What is “Child Care Choices”? (and why is it important to know……)

Part of our job as family child care professionals is to support families in their search for care. There are multiple parts to this depending on whether we are supporting first time parents, families new to the community, maybe families with special care needs, or families that just cannot find care. Whether you have openings … Continue reading What is “Child Care Choices”? (and why is it important to know……)

CACFP Daycare Home Sponsors by County

Androscoggin Androscoggin Head Start & Child Care      207-795-4046 Catholic Charities      207-786-0925 or 1-800-784-0157 Community Concepts, Inc.      207-739-6615 Family Focus      207-406-4573 ext. 125 Western Maine Community Action (Livermore Falls Area)    207-860-4485 or 207-645-3764  ext. 5272 Aroostook Aroostook County Action Program      207-768-3026 ext. 325 Horizons Unlimited, Inc.     207-764-6659 Cumberland Catholic Charities  … Continue reading CACFP Daycare Home Sponsors by County

Reduce Childhood Lead Exposure in Maine

Following is an email FCCAM received asking for assistance in reaching family child care providers. Hello, The below email is intended for staff at schools, day cares, and other child care facilities where there is risk of exposure to lead-contaminated paint and water. Please assist the US EPA in distributing this message throughout Maine as part … Continue reading Reduce Childhood Lead Exposure in Maine

Market Rate/Subsidy Rate for 2018

Market Rate 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. Maine's Child Care Subsidy Program helps eligible families to pay for child care, so they can work, go to school or participate in a job training program. … Continue reading Market Rate/Subsidy Rate for 2018

Grant Opportunity!

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!

How Do I Start a Family Child Care Business? (Part 2: Business Plan – Budget)

In Part 1 of this series we looked at what is needed to become licensed and the policies you will need to have in place as a small business owner of a family child care.  So let’s look at the budgeting - cost of doing business - now. A sustainable small business meets the needs … Continue reading How Do I Start a Family Child Care Business? (Part 2: Business Plan – Budget)