Posted in Business Practice, DHHS / OCFS

PLEASE Complete the 2021 Market Rate Survey

In Maine the Office of Child & Family Services (OCFS) administers the Child Care Market Rate Survey to all licensed child care providers across the State every three years. While participation in the survey is voluntary, it is critical in ensuring CCSP reimbursement rates remain current. The more complete the information collected the more reflective of the true cost of providing care. This new survey is gathering more information around the cost of providing care, rather than just the rates providers are charging.

OCFS is working with Burns & Associates, Inc. to assist with the 2021 survey, The survey, which is a fillable PDF file. The 2021 Child Care Market Rate Survey opened October 5, 2020 and submission can be made through December 24, 2020. You might be getting directly contacted by Burns & Associates, Inc. if you have not already submitted your survey. They are trying to reach all those currently providing child care in Maine.

  • Child Care Facility/ Small Facility: 2021 Child Care Market Rate Survey (download)
  • Family Child Care Providers: 2021 Child Care Market Rate Survey (download)

Providers are advised to save the survey under a different name (e.g., your site name), and check that the information you enter is saved prior to submitting the survey.

Providers should attempt to complete all relevant questions. If a question does not apply to the site, or accurate information cannot be reported, providers may skip the question. Partially-completed surveys are still accepted.

Email your completed your survey as an attachment to: dbarber@healthmanagement.com. ~~ Remnder: submission period ends December 24, 2020.


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on provider operations and families seeking child care. While it is uncertain when child care operations will return to ‘normal,’ it is important that information gathered through the survey are not influenced by the impacts of the pandemic. Question 4 provides space for providers to communicate the ways in which COVID-19 has impacted their program, although this information will not be taken into account when determining market rates.

For all other questions, the survey requests information to be reported based on your last full fiscal year ending on or before March 31, 2020. When reporting private pay rates and information about capacity and enrollment, report the information as of the last day of your fiscal year. For example, if the site operates on the calendar fiscal year, report information covering January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. If the site operates on the State fiscal year, report information covering July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Similarly, cost-based information should reflect only the costs incurred in your last full fiscal year which ended on or before March 31, 2020.


If you have a question or need any additional assistance contact:

  • Derek Barber: dbarber@burnshealthpolicy.com || (602) 241-8523 or
  • Steven Abele: sabele@burnshealthpolicy.com || (602) 466-9840

Author:

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.