LD 222 Discussion Continues…….

(*updated 2/12/19 with FCCAM testimony) While the original intent of LD 222 was to stop all child care programs from charging families when they are closed, the bill as it will be heard on Feb 13th covers programs providing subsidized care. FCCAM has not been able to confirm if there will be any amendments to … Continue reading LD 222 Discussion Continues…….

LD 222 (HP185) “An Act To Prohibit Child Care Providers from Requiring Payment during Vacation Closures”

There has been a good amount of discussion among providers upon hearing of this bill that is coming before the Health and Human Services Committee on the afternoon of Feb. 13th. Following is information available from the State of Maine legislative site on this bill. Presented by Representative Michael PERKINS Michael.Perkins@legislature.maine.gov93 Willey Point, Oakland, ME … Continue reading LD 222 (HP185) “An Act To Prohibit Child Care Providers from Requiring Payment during Vacation Closures”

Following the Work of the 129th Maine Legislature

Since our formation, FCCAM is had an active Public Policy Committee. This committee has also worked jointly with MaineAEYC on bills that impact children birth through age 8. While the Public Policy Committee works year round it is busiest when Maine's Legislature is in session.  With the convening in December of the 129th legislature (2019-2020), … Continue reading Following the Work of the 129th Maine Legislature

Our Outside Play Yards

There has been a great deal of concern about the impact on the outside play yards of family child care programs with the Licensing Rule that went into effect 9/20/17. Concerns from providers and FCCAM were expressed to Licensing and the Health and Human Services Committee. Testimony was provided on LD 1661. The State at … Continue reading Our Outside Play Yards

Maine’s Early Childhood Day of Action, February 27th

On Feb. 28th, the Health and Human Services Joint Committee will hold another work session to continue discussion on a wide range of bills regarding child care. These bills have direct impact on family child cares. FCCAM understands that reactions to the various bills will be as diverse as Maine's fcc providers are. When FCCAM … Continue reading Maine’s Early Childhood Day of Action, February 27th

Child Care is a Priority! National Call-in Day 5/18

Thanks to past calls to urge Congress to prioritize child care, we won a modest increase in funding for child care in 2017. But our work isn’t done. Congress is moving on to the 2018 budget, and we need to push for even larger investments. Thursday, May 18 is a nationwide call-in day, asking U.S. … Continue reading Child Care is a Priority! National Call-in Day 5/18

New Licensing Rule Discussion

In support of Providers reviewing and discussing the proposed Licensing Rule, FCCAM has tried to gather resources into 1 place. Current 2009 Licensing : Rules for Certification of Family Child Care Providers Proposed 4/17: Rule Relating to the Licensing of Family Child Care Providers Maine Statutes referred to in the proposed Licensing Rule If you are a … Continue reading New Licensing Rule Discussion