Licensing Infractions

As licensed family child care professionals in Maine, we have agreed to follow the Licensing Rule. This post is to inform providers of infractions following the adoption of the 2017 FCC Licensing Rule. We are sharing the list so providers are aware of what is happening within Maine in the over 900 licensed family child … Continue reading Licensing Infractions

12 Hours of Training…… Let’s Get to It!

Providers in Maine are very lucky to have a variety of options for earning the required 12 hours of training annually for licensing. For those participating in the state's QRIS -Quality for ME, getting the additional required training hours for each level is also very doable. Attend face-to-face full-day conferences that are offered generally in … Continue reading 12 Hours of Training…… Let’s Get to It!

Water Testing and Labs

As of 1/1/2017, the Department of Health and Human Services stopped providing water test kids as part of licensing applications or renewals. With the adoption of Licensing Rule 9/20/2017, providers need to have a first draw test performed as part of licensing (new and renewal). This tests for lead and needs to be done for … Continue reading Water Testing and Labs

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

Serious Injury and Death Policy

The Family Child Care Licensing Rule requires licensees to have a number of policies written out and clearly shared with guardians. A record that the provider has shared the following information with the child’s parent at the time of admission: a. Child guidance practices; b. Parental visitation at the child care site; c. Expulsion and … Continue reading Serious Injury and Death Policy

What Do You Need in Your Contract and Policies?

Contracts and policies are a major part of running a sustainable family child care business, but often licensees are unsure of just what should be included. With the new Family Child Care Provider Licensing Rule, effective 9/20/17, the State has listed required items, but does not limit what you include. As Family Child Care providers … Continue reading What Do You Need in Your Contract and Policies?

Is Your Parent Handbook Up to Date?

Maine Department of Health and Human Services - Licensing and Regulatory Services has been updating their section of the Maine government website. There are now samples for many of the required information forms required to operate a licensed family child care. You are able to develop your own forms, but these are a place to … Continue reading Is Your Parent Handbook Up to Date?

Licensing Rule Testimony

FCCAM's Public Policy Committee would like to share the letter of testimony we sent to be included in the public record in regards to the proposed Licensing Rule. The Public Policy Committee held multiple conference calls over the past few weeks following reception of the email sent to all certified family child care providers from Licensing. During … Continue reading Licensing Rule Testimony

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