Right from the Start Coalition

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

Children’s Growth Council, Child Care Advisory Council, and Children’s Caucus?

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?

Hello, Health and Human Services Committee!

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!

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

New ECE Policy Leadership Program in Maine

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

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

Invitation to an ECE Public Policy and Advocacy Forum

Schedule of Events 8:00-9:00 - Morning Coffee, Snacks, and Networking 9:00-9:15 - Opening/Welcome 9:15-10:15 - Keynote 10:30-11:30 - Morning Breakout Sessions 11:30-12:30 - Lunch and MaineAEYC Special Announcement 12:45-1:45 - Afternoon Breakout Sessions 2:00-3:00 - Partnering at the Local Level and Closing Session Descriptions Morning Breakout Sessions: Crafting Stronger, Clearer Messages - Amy O’Leary and … Continue reading Invitation to an ECE Public Policy and Advocacy Forum