A memo was sent out 4/24/2023 from OCFS that provides information about a new optional program: Early Care & Education (ECE) Program Enrollment Data Collection Project. Providers are encouraged to participate.
The data collection program will open on May 1, 2023, and close on April 30, 2024.
Here’s what we’ve pulled from the memo:
Through this project providers will enter information about their enrollment monthly through a new Enrollment Data Collection section found in the Early Childhood Educator Salary Supplement Program portal.
An additional $50 per month stipend will be provided to the licensed family child care or facility for each month the required data is provided. The $50 stipend will be included in the provider’s regular monthly Salary Supplement check from OCFS.
Required monthly data: (*FCCAM Note: enrollment is not daily attendance, or necessarily licensed capacity. It is how many children you have under contract for your services.)
- Current Infant (6 weeks thru 12 months) Enrollment Number
- Current Toddler (13 months thru 36 months) Enrollment Number
- Current Preschool (3 years thru 5 years) Enrollment Number
- Current School Age Enrollment Number
Prior to May 1, 2023, please review the guidance and detailed instructions for how to complete the Enrollment Data Collection form found in this Enrollment Data Project Webinar and ECE Enrollment Data Collection Slide Deck.pdf carefully .
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Child and Family Services
(OCFS) hope to gain more knowledge of Maine’s supply and demand as it applies to the Child Care Supply/Demand Analysis. Ultimately this data will be used to inform ongoing work on the Child Care Plan for
Maine with the goal of ensuring that all families in our state have access to affordable, reliable,
and quality care for their children.
For questions or more information, please contact ECEWageProgram.DHHS@Maine.gov
Please note, Enrollment Data is not to be confused with conveying a program’s child care
openings displayed to the public on childcarechoices.me.