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.