We want providers to know that there are additional conferences being planned in Maine, outside the Statewide ECE Conference being held in Bangor this Oct.
We have heard that the long running annual Windham Conference is being planned for March 2023.
There is also a 1-day conference being planned in Southern Maine for April 2023. This conference is being organized by YCECC and will be held at Sanford Regional Technical Center. As FCCAM is part of the planning team we know it will be in April, but the exact date has not been settled.
As we learn more we will share that information on this website in “Training Resources” under “Special Events”.
The “Training Resources” section also has a variety of links to national trainings and FCCAM’s own trainings (which are free for our members and members of MaineAEYC).
~from OCFS (email sent to all licensed programs) 6/16/22
Conference planning is in full swing for Maine’s 2022 Statewide Early Childhood Education Conference! We’re thrilled to be back in person in 2022 with an exciting lineup of keynote speakers, breakout sessions and networking opportunities! We are delighted to announce that this year our keynote speakers will be Rachel Larimore, Founder and Visionary of Samara Early Learning and “Teacher Tom”, Educator and Author.
Click on the green button that says Tickets and a pop-up window will open.
Click on the link that says ‘Enter Promo Code’. Enter your code (see below) and it will ask how many tickets you’re purchasing and then will ask for name, email address and a couple of additional questions. If you’re registering any staff members, you may register 5 teachers, PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR STAFF’S NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS, as this is how we’ll communicate with attendees on picking their workshop sessions. Please do not put your own name and email address as a placeholder.
If you plan to attend the conference on both Friday and Saturday you will need to register for each day separately using the codes below.
This registration process will secure you a ticket to the 2022 Statewide ECE Conference. Participants will select breakout sessions for the conference at a later date using an App called Guidebook. Instructions on how to download the app and an event invitation will be sent to the email used to register.
CCSP Licensed-Exempt Provider Friday Free Registration Code: LEFridayFREE Saturday Free Registration Code: LESaturdayFREE **codes are case sensitive**
Family Child Care Providers Friday Free Registration Code: FamilyFridayFREE Saturday Free Registration Code: FamilySaturdayFREE **codes are case sensitive**
Facility/Center Based Providers Friday Free Registration Code: CenterFridayFREE Saturday Free Registration Code: CenterSaturdayFREE **codes are case sensitive**
This year conference registration has a limited number of FREE registrations for those working in licensed child care programs in Maine, including family child care, center-based programs, Early Head Start and Head Start, and license exempt providers. Last year the free registration tickets went fast and we anticipate the same thing will happen this year, so get ready!
Thank you to The DHHS Office of Child and Family Services and DOE Head Start Collaboration Office for providing this opportunity to child care educators in Maine!
Please contact The Maine Association for the Education of Young Children for any questions or concerns related to registration by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-747-2490.
FCCAM encouraged providers to register for this virtual conference even if they could not attend it “live” as access to most of the presentations will be available for one year after the conference ends!
The 2021 virtual conference will be accessed through a platform called, PheedLoop. If you registered for the conference, on Monday, October 18th you’ll receive an email from PheedLoop giving you access to the virtual platform. Whether you planned to attend “live” or access recorded presentations at a later time, go in an set up your conference profile, add a picture if you want, and explore the platform a bit. Learn more about PheedLoop and get acquainted with the virtual platform with this helpful video: PheedLoop Virtual Attendee Training
Even for those that had not planned to attend “live” you might find that you now can depending on your day’s schedule as you do NOT have to pre-register for sessions, you can just join in real time. There will be opportunities to connect and network with speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors, win prizes and books based on your participation in the virtual platform, and opportunities for real time video chats with Vendors and Exhibitors.
For those that arranged to have a day or two at the conference we want you to also know that if you see presentations of interest scheduled at the same time, in most cases no worries, attend one “live” and watch the other as a recorded presentation.
** If your interest is in the Lisa Murphy workshops on Saturday at 10:30-12:00 and 1:00-2:30, these are not being recorded. You need to attend them “live”.
The Maine Early Childhood Conference planning team is working on a process that will move this year’s event from in-person to virtual. We are planning for the virtual conference to take place on the same days, October 22nd and 23rd. We will be in touch next week with more information, but in the meantime, we wanted you to know about this decision right away so that those who have booked hotel rooms can cancel without penalty. For those who may have booked rooms at the Fairfield Inn or Residence Inn, please be sure to cancel by the end of the day tomorrow, Wednesday, September 1st.
For those staying in other hotels, we recommend you cancel ASAP, and let them know this is COVID-related.
We have had growing concerns within our conference planning team and from many of our presenters and participants around the Delta Variant. Most of you are teachers, staff, and leaders at child care centers, family child care programs, and public schools who will be going back to spaces with children two days after our event. And, as you know, vaccines for children are not yet available. We don’t feel it is going to be safe to continue with a large indoor event that is only weeks away during a surge in cases in Maine.
We are excited about the excellent keynote speakers and presenters who will be able to bring you great content over the two days as well as new opportunities this will allow for, such as access to sessions beyond the event itself. Stay tuned for more details and information.
Maine’s 2nd Statewide Early Childhood Education (ECE) Conference is being planned! This event will explore a wide range of topics for professionals working with and on behalf of children from birth through elementary school. Whether you can attend for just 1 or both days, the workshops offered over the two days will facilitate success in elementary schools, out of school time programming, Early Head Start and Head Start, family child care, and center-based preschool and infant and toddler settings.
Mark your calendar now to save the date! We’ll post updates on workshops and registration on the website when available.
The Professional Learning Committee of FCCAM will be making at least 5 – $50 scholarships available for our members for this conference. Information for that will come out with registration.