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Conferences Coming This Summer and Fall……….

After a long year it’s great to see conferences within Maine happening again. FCCAM has previously sent out “Save the Date!” notices for the 3 conferences you’ll find below. If you didn’t mark your calendars then, be sure you do now, so you can enjoy the unique professional development opportunities conferences provide.

The Maine Statewide ECE Conference returns for 2021 !

With support from the DHHS Office of Child and Family Services family child care providers will be able to attend the 2021 Statewide ECE Conference for FREE! You will be able to attend either 1 or both days for FREE. OCFS will be providing the promo code to all providers, so be watching for that email!

DOE Head Start Collaboration Office will be joining with OCFS so any provider 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 will be able to attend FREE! 

Thank you DHHS Office of Child and Family Services and DOE Head Start Collaboration Office for providing this opportunity to child care educators in Maine!

Registration for Maine’s 2nd Statewide Early Childhood Education Conference will open the week of June 14th! 

Registration will open in the following order: 
June 14th: Registration opens for Family Child Care providers and staff, and License Exempt
June 15th:  Registration opens for center-based child care teachers, staff, and administrators, license exempt (non-relative), and Head Start & Early Head Start teachers, staff, and administrators
June 16th: General Registration Opens  

We will post information soon on how to register through eventbrite, but you can see more information on the event in general now.

Our next conference is not one very many family child care providers have attended in the past because it occurs during the week in the summer. PYDI is an annual professional development conference that enable adults who work with youth of all ages to expand their understanding of the methods, theory, and data-informed practices that support effective engagement, positive climate and overall youth development. 

However, this year PYDI will be virtual! Not your normal Zoom conference, PYDI will be hosted on a cutting edge easy-to-use platform called DCPV360. In addition to live keynotes and breakout sessions, conference goers will have the option to take advantage of many features including a member hub and virtual lounge featuring presentations from Maine youth. Click here to learn more.

If you register, not only will you be able to attend while the event is “virtually live”, but you will have continued access for 2 more weeks. That means you can attend as you wish for 2 weeks.

Virtual PYDI 2021 focuses on the theme of The Science of Learning and Development. The SoLD Alliance combines findings from diverse areas of research into an integrated science of learning and development and to apply science-informed strategies to practice. Click here to learn more about PYDI 2021.

FCCAM is happy to be participating with PYDI this year. We will post information soon on how to register.

Our last conference is another Fall in-person conference being held in Calais. We don’t have more specifics at this time, but will be sure to post as we get it.

As we said in the opening paragraph, it’s great to have these professional development opportunities happening again in Maine and we hope many family child care providers will be able to take advantage of them. Reminder that conferences have capacity limits so when you get the registration information be ready to act on it!

For providers wondering how they can attend a weekday or even travel for a Saturday conference, we recently had a great idea shared with us that we are adding to the FCCAM Business Toolkit: built in professional development closure days for yourself and staff. They are included as part of her holiday/vacation/personal day. They are listed separately and paid for. What a great way to let families know about the professional development requirements licensing requires. As you are updating your Care Agreement awaiting implementation of the new Licensing Rule, this may be a great addition.