Here you will find: local face-to-face training opportunities, and online trainings from FCCAM and other organizations being offered in Maine that are open to all providers. FCCAM will maintain a larger training resources folder in Google Drive providing distance online training options.
FCCAM Book Discussion Groups:
Each monthly Children’s Book Discussion Group is FREE for members of FCCAM and MaineAEYC. There is a $5 cost for non-members. Certificates for 2 professional hours will be awarded. These hours are accepted by Maine licensing. The Children’s Book Discussion Groups start at 6:30 PM (EST) and run for 2 hours.
May – Giraffe Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
June – Theme: Water
Think: weather; water habitats: river, ponds, lakes, ocean; jobs on the water; animals; transportation on water….
Participants need to join each monthly discussion separately by registering online. The individual links are provided below and will also be found each month on the FCCAM website and Facebook page. For non-members once registered an invoice for payment through Paypal will be sent.
Participants will have access to the resource links on the Pinterest board and Padlet that the PLC will be maintaining for each discussion.
Monthly Communities of Practice (CoP)
Statewide Family Child Care CoP – Register here each month. This is an online CoP that meets the 2nd Monday of each month from 6pm – 8pm.
October 2019 Statewide Conferences
DHHS – Licensing
Free Child Care Provider Transporter Training: Half-day training offered on Saturdays at several locations statewide. Required of any staff or volunteer in a child care facility or family child care that transports children as part of their regular duties, and is strongly encouraged for nursery school providers. Certificates will be awarded upon completion of this training. You must register Cathy or Deanna to attend.
ONLINE TRANSPORTATION course:
Should you choose to complete an online transportation safety course instead of the live class, please visit a local car seat installation program to have the live consultation of installing a seat with guidance in your vehicle. The following link has a listing of Car Seat Inspection Locations: http://www.maine.gov/dps/bhs/child-passenger-safety/general/inspection-locations.html
The online classes which are accepted for licensing at this time (5/2019) are:
* Child Care Education Institute’s transportation course: Course ADM 103 Basic Transportation and Field Trip Safety:https://www.cceionline.edu/courseCatalog.cfm. From that page choose the enroll now button on the left hand side. Then select Professional Development for Individuals. Then hit continue unless you have a promo code. Since it is a two hour course you would select Individual course hours – 01 – 10, Product Code 001-NSUB-PD, then click on order item and complete the ordering process.
* Part 1 – Transporting Children Safely in Child Care through Texas A & M Agrilife Extension:http://extensiononline.tamu.edu/courses/child_care.php
* Transportation Safety through The CARE Courses School Inc.,https://www.carecourses.com/Ecommerce/CourseDetail.aspx?ItemID=374, * This course also offered as a book course through correspondence
Did you know that the National Association for Family Child Care has a collection of FREE webinars all gathered together on a YouTube channel? Well they do and here is a direct link to that channel.
G.E.A.R. Parent Network ~ A place where Gaining Empowerment Allows Results
Through parent-to-parent sharing of experiences and knowledge, G.E.A.R. Parent Network empowers parents of children with behavioral health needs to build on their family’s strengths and to advocate for their family’s needs.