Provider Resources

Access Maine – online resource guide with information on public programs, services, and other resources

Maine Organizations/Agencies –

National –

Licensing –

*Sample Care Agreement can be found in the website menu under “Business Toolkit

  • Background Checks
    • Email confirmation of eligibility is available for the fingerprint background check results of newly hired employees. Five business days following an individual’s fingerprint appointment a licensed provider may email the individual’s full name and date of birth to: Childcarecheck.dhhs@maine.gov to receive the individual’s eligibility status. This email may be used as verification until the official Letter of Eligibility is received in the mail. 
  • Child Care Choices ME
  • County Resource Connections – Providers can find contact information on resources specific to their county that supports their work and their families. Also includes State and National agencies contact information.
  • ITMELDS – Infant Toddler Maine’s Early Learning Development Standards (birth through 36 months)
  • MELDS – Maine’s Early Learning Development Standards (Preschool standards for 3 – 5 years)
  • MRTQ PDN
  • OCFS – Office of Child and Family Services
  • QRIS (Rising Stars ME) Maine’s quality rating and improvement system is often referred to by “QRIS”. All Licensed programs are required to participate. QRIS is about the program, not provider or individual staff. Currently programs must complete an application to participate in Maine’s QRIS. 
  • Water Labs – links to labs certified by the state to provide the required water tests: first draw (one time test for all providers) and annual water safety test for providers on private wells.

Business Grants:

There has been a variety of financial supports available to providers since COVID-19 impacted our small businesses. 

COVID:

Current information from CDC on operating guidance

Isolation and Precautions for Individuals with Covid includes easy to use linked resource for individual situation guidance with dates: Insolation and Exposure Calculator


Expansion Grant Opportunity under CEI (started 7/2022 available until funds used up)