Posted in Business Practice, DHHS / OCFS

Market Rate/Subsidy Rate for 2018

Market Rate effective June 30, 2018.

*Be aware the ages do not align with Licensing Rule language. See the definitions for ages at the bottom of the third sheet.

2018 Subsidy Rate
2018 Subsidy Rate 2
2018 Subsidy Rate 3

Maine’s Child Care Subsidy Program helps eligible families to pay for child care, so they can work, go to school or participate in a job training program.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the designated lead agency in Maine, responsible for the planning and administration of the child care subsidies funded from the Child Care Development Fund, in addition to state funds and other federal funds. The purpose of the Maine Child Care Subsidy Program is to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of Child Care Services.

For the Child Care Subsidy Program Family is defined as: (a) a child and the related and/or non-related adults who are living together in a legally binding relationship to the child either by blood, marriage, adoption, or registered domestic partnership or (b) the child and an adult acting In-loco Parentis.

A child is eligible to receive Child Care Subsidy services, to the extent that funding is available, if: (a) the child’s gross family income does not exceed the income level set by DHHS and (b) the child’s Parents are Employed, and/or Attending Job Training or Educational Program.

Maine’s DHHS uses Vouchers to maximize parental choice for purchasing child care.

For complete rules on subsidies and eligibility can be found on the Maine Child Care Subsidy Program government page which is linked above.


FCCAM works to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in Maine. We understand the critical role of child care providers in the lives of children and families. Through collaboration with other organizations we work to increase awareness of our profession and the value of a strong child care system to Maine's diverse communities.