Trainings (home page)


Confidentiality, especially around the safety of children, is a concern that is always important to be addressing. Providing trainings that shares knowledge around best practices with children requires images of children to facilitate informed discussions. FCCAM asks those attending our trainings to be respectful of confidentiality both during “live” trainings and in future viewing of archived webinars.

Individual presenters have secured “permission to use likenesses” for any images of children from their programs that will be shared within their educational presentation. This aligns with the current State of Maine Family Child Care Provider Licensing Rule requirement on distribution of images.

All content provided in trainings developed by FCCAM or for the expressed purpose of the Family Child Care Association presenting as part of its offered trainings is considered to be under Copyright and is not to be shared outside the specific training.

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.

Monthly Communities of Practice (CoP)

What is a Community of Practice?

Statewide Family Child Care CoP facilitated by Maine roads to QualityRegister here each month. This is an online CoP that meets the 2nd Monday of each month from 6pm – 8pm.

MRTQ First Steps to Family Child Care Community of Practice (CoP). This monthly online CoP is facilitated by Tammy Dwyer. The CoP is structured to discuss the Early Care and Education System in Maine / Discussing different steps of the licensing process ~ Answering individual questions. It is all about supporting those considering and/or beginning the process of becoming a licensed family child care provider. There will also be a currently licensed provider on the call to provide their experiences. Usually meet 3rd Monday of each month ~ 6 to 8 pm. REGISTER HERE!

Check this listing to Find a Community of Practice specific to your geographic area or program type. If you do not see what you are looking for contact MRTQ to see about starting one.

FCCAM Book Discussion Groups:

Through a grant from Maine Roads to Quality, in support of our Professional Learning work, FCCAM will continue to bringing our popular book discussion groups to our members for free. These training opportunities are available to support the continual growth of family child care professionals in Maine.

Each Children’s Book Discussion Group is FREE for members of FCCAM and MaineAEYC. There is a $5 cost for non-members. Certificates for professional hours will be awarded. These hours are accepted by Maine licensing. The Children’s Book Discussion Groups will be starting up again Oct. 2019.

Participants need to join each monthly discussion separately by registering online. The individual links will be provided below and will also be found each month on the FCCAM Facebook page. Non-members will be emailed an invoice for payment through Paypal.

Participants will have access to the individual Book Discussion Padlet that the PLC will be maintaining on each discussion.

Anyone can access the resources that have also been gathered on FCCAM’s Pinterest boards.

Special One Time / Time Sensitive Trainings

Funds from the Preschool Development Grant have allowed MDOE to team up with Maine Resilience Building Network (MRBN) to offer a free training:

Strong Kids, Strong Families, Strong Communities: The Impact of ACES and Resilience Building will cover Adverse Childhood Experiences research, early brain development science and protective factors such as positive relationships. Strategies to promote resilience building in classrooms and support families and their children birth-5 will be offered.

This training is intended for child care and preschool/prek staff and will be offered in 12 sites throughout the state.

While the links in the flyer do not work, you will need to register. Our register link takes you to the sponsor’s Events page, scroll to the date you want on the calendar and click. You will be taken to the registration for the specific date.

Local Face-to-Face:

Registration Now Open!

Building Bridges through Story and Song

Saturday, October 19, 2019  | 9:00am-3:00pm | Washington County Community College, Calais  | $10 (includes lunch)

This exciting training opportunity includes workshops, “A Multi-Sensory Approach to Social Emotional Learning—Moving Stories” and “Music in Early Childhood: Positive Strategies for Unlocking Potential and Sparking Joy.”

Brought to you collaboratively by MRTQ PDN, Washington County Community College, and MaineAEYC.

Registration is now Open!

For members of FCCAM cost is $28. ($7 saving) ~ 7 hrs of training awarded

Ongoing Training


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:

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: 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:

* Transportation Safety through The CARE Courses School Inc.,, * 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.

NAFCC also has archived webinars that you can purchase access to: $25 for members of NAFCC or $40 for non-members, unless otherwise specified. Click here to purchase any archived webinar.

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.