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Provider Portal on Child Care Choices is Now Active!

Ever since the county Resource Development Centers (RDC) closed providers have been asking for a way to provide information about their current openings for families looking for care. We now have it!

The new Program Portal allows individual programs to update the information displayed on the Maine’s online search for child care programs: Child Care Choices.

To access this new portal go to childcarechoices.me and access the “Search for Child Care” section of the menu. Once on the landing page for this section you will see 3 tabs at the top: Search Licensed Programs / Search Licensed Exempt CCSP Programs / Program Login. You want to click Program Login. (here’s direct link).

Once on the Portal page you will see this:

Use the username and password from a Maine Roads to Quality Registry online account to login. If you need to retrieve your username and password, if you need to create a Maine Roads to Quality online account, or if you need to enroll in Maine Roads to Quality, please go to: https://mrtq-registry.org/Account/Login // You will also need your license number.

Once in the active portal you can change:

  • Number(s) of openings, listed by age:
  • If the program accepts Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP) funding.

MRTQ PDN Guide to the Program Portal (pdf)

You can access and change your openings as often as needed.


For providers wondering why they should take the time to do this here’s what families looking for care see.

If they search for all programs they see:

If they check off specific ages of care they now see this: (sample of infant & toddler opening search)

There’s a big difference.

You want to be sure your program is found if you have openings. It only takes a few minutes to access and update.

Author:

FCCAM works to unify, promote and strengthen quality professional family child care in Maine. We are the state affiliate of the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). We are the only professional association in Maine dedicated specifically to supporting family child care providers. FCCAM understands the critical role of family child care providers in the lives of children and families. We also understand the hard work and long hours that are required to provide the much needed child care services in Maine’s diverse communities. FCCAM provides opportunities to network both locally and statewide with other family child care professionals for training and support. Through collaboration with other organizations we are engaged with advocating for children and their families in Maine, increasing awareness of our professionalism and value to our communities.