COVID-19 Loan and Grant Programs for Small Businesses

The following information has been pulled directly from the sites handling these loans. PORTLAND AREA PROGRAMS: COVID-19 Loan and Grant Programs for Small Businesses The City of Portland’s Business Loan and Grant Programs are designed to provide financial assistance to Portland businesses impacted by COVID-19. This includes businesses that have remained open, have furloughed some …

Advocacy at Work

We are sharing some of the recent work of the joint Family Child Care Association of Maine (FCCAM) and MaineAEYC Public Policy Committee. In December, a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package deal was reached. As part of this deal $10 billion is to be provided for the child care industry.  Maine will be receiving their portion …

Face Covering FAQ

"The child care guidance issued on July 31st continues the practice of implementing proactive health and safety measures, including the updated requirement of face coverings for all adults and children 5 and over. The updated requirement was developed in close coordination with health experts, including pediatricians, along with DHHS and DOE officials. Face coverings are …

Liability Waivers and Communicable Disease Exclusion

Questions around liability are still being heard in provider groups. FCCAM has posted on liability waivers and has samples on handbook language available in our Business Toolkit and COVID-19 sections found in the Top Menu. Here is a recent posting by Tom Copeland on the question. We've pulled the following information from that post, as …

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Applications for PUA will open on Friday, May 1. 4/28/2020: Department of Labor to Accept Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Applications May 1 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), created through the federal CARES Act, provides unemployment coverage for self-employed family child care providers. PUA will provide up to 39 weeks of benefits through December 26, 2020. Expanded coverage under …

Latest Information on COVID-19 for Maine’s Child Care Providers

FCCAM has received many emails and messages about the topic of payments while being closed. We hope this statement from the Attorney General helps provide you guidance with making decisions for your business moving forward.  The Maine Attorney General has released a new statement on Child Care Providers Closing and Family Payments - 3/19/2020 "The Office of the …

Managing an Infectious Disease as a Child Care Provider

This post is in response to questions that are being asked by providers around Maine in regards to the Coronavirus. We have gathered resources from a variety of respected organizations that have access to professionals, specialists and research around health and safety. All information shared on this site is done so to allow providers to …