Update: LD 1043 was the Public Pre-K bill that moved forward. Following public hearing 5/6/19 LD 1043 was voted: OTP -AM. Workshop session has not been scheduled as of this posting. Let’s look briefly at these 4 bills……… LD 1043 changes the start date to 2020/21 school year for all school administrative units to have … Continue reading 4 Upcoming Public Preschool Bills (updated 5/14/19)
With the large numbers of individual testimonies being submitted by emails to committee clerks, the Legislature has created a new process to submit testimony online. With this change, if you plan to provide testimony in-person you should not use the online system. Maine's citizens are engaging beyond just voting. Our voices are being heard on … Continue reading Testimony on Bills by Email Moves to On-Line Process
There are 3 bills heading to committee and public hearing that the FCCAM's Public Policy Committee is currently following. We do not have the hearing date for all 3 at this time, but wanted providers to have the time to: digest the bills; be aware of the thoughts raised in Public Policy Committee discussions; and … Continue reading 3 More Bills to Know About
In an earlier post we introduced 3 groups that offer education and advice to the Department of Health and Human Services and the legislature. In this post we'd like to look at support for child care in Maine from the advocacy viewpoint. Think child care and then think Police, American Heart, Chamber of Commerce, Equal … Continue reading Right from the Start Coalition
There are multiple groups that are working for children and families in Maine. Some work for just one viewpoint, others are focused on one topic, others are very broad. Some share stakeholders, board or council members. Some work alone while others collaborate. It's important to have some understanding of the various groups that are discussing … Continue reading Children’s Growth Council, Child Care Advisory Council, and Children’s Caucus?
(*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…….
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”
The Health and Human Services committee sent out an invite to interested parties to come introduce themselves this week. FCCAM was happy to be able to take advantage of this opportunity this year. Sasha Shunk, FCCAM Treasurer and Chair of the Outreach Committee, was able to attend yesterday afternoon, speak in person and provide written … Continue reading Hello, Health and Human Services Committee!
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
MaineAEYC has announced the creation of the ECE Policy Leadership Program to support Maine’s budding early childhood advocates! Join a cohort of 15-20 early childhood professionals to learn best practice and strategies in speaking about the most pressing, critical early childhood issues. We will improve our communication strategies and shape our stories of early childhood … Continue reading New ECE Policy Leadership Program in Maine