The work of FCCAM’s Professional Learning Committee is to support providers. A large part of that is providing resources to help providers stay on top of the current licensing requirements. The resources on this page have been gathered to address what is required for licensing, whether you are just getting started or are renewing.
Pre-licensing training: Getting Started in Family Child Care
Description: This MRTQ training introduces aspects of opening a family child care business in the home. It covers state certification procedures and addresses the reasons and importance of becoming a family child care provider.
Orientation Training: Provider training required in the first 12 months of employment must include:
- first aid/adult, child, infant CPR with hands-on skills demonstration – both American Heart and Red Cross are accepted. If done online need to have hands-on demonstration component also
- mandated reporter ~ Maine has an Online Mandated Reporter Resource Page where you will find a list of trainers that will provide group face-to-face mandated reporting training, or a self directed online training. Self directed training requires passing a quiz with 80% accuracy. At the end of the training, there is a link to go to a quiz. Click on the link, complete the form and click the button to begin the quiz. You are responsible for printing your certificate after the successful completion of the quiz. Please sure your computer is connected to a printer. You MUST print the certificate at this time.
- The iLookOut Learning Program offers 3 (free) online, interactive courses specifically designed for people who work or volunteer at child care programs. iLookOut offers 3 trainings: Core mandated reporter training (3 CU), Advanced Training 1 (3 CU), and Advanced Training 2 (7 CUs). Because it’s important to make sure that iLookOut is both effective, and an improvement over training that already exists, this project involves a research component. The iLookOut program is now available to all Maine child care providers. If you have an existing iLookOut account, check for new learning content by:
- Visit www.ilookoutmaine.org
- Use your previous username & password to log-in
- If you forgot your password, please click forgot password and re-set your password
If you need an iLookOut account, register by::
- Visiting www.ilookoutmaine.org
- Selecting Register
- Entering your program’s license number
A refresher training for Mandated Reporter Training is needed every four years.
And any 2 of the following:
- Fire drill and other emergency and disaster procedures
- Prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID), Shaken Baby Syndrome and Safe Sleep practices – AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) offers a free online learning module on Reducing the Risk of SIDS and SUID in Early Education and Child Care currently available through 10/02/2020. The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome . Better Kids Care On Demand Distance Education system provides professional development online. Better Kids is part of PennState Extension. At this time Safe Sleep Practices for Caregivers: reduce the Risk of SUID is offered as a free course by Better Kids Care.
- Administration of medication and parental consent – AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) offers a free online learning module on Medication Administration in Early Care and Education Settings
- Prevention of and response to food allergy emergencies
- Building and physical premises safety
- Infectious disease prevention and control, and blood borne pathogens – AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) offers a free online learning module on Bug Busting in Early Care and Education Settings.
- Handling and storage of hazardous material and disposal of bio-contaminants
- Transportation of children (this training is required every 2 yrs for anyone responsible for transportation of children.) Maine offers live classes around the state. FCCAM will link to scheduled classes whenever state posts. 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. Online offering: Transporting Children Safely in Child Care through Texas A & M Agrilife Extension. Transportation Safety through The CARE Courses School Inc. (this course is also available as book course).
Many Agencies require you to set up a free account to access their training modules.
Ongoing Training: Each provider needs a minimum of 12 hours of training each year (year based on date of hire for providers and license issuance date for licensees). You can find training that will easily meet the minimum hours across topics that support sustaining your business and your direct work with children in the multiple drop down sections under “Training Resources” on this website.
At this time CPR/First aid training can be counted within the 12 hrs.