Resource links Family Child Care Providers in Maine will find helpful in providing quality care for children:
Child Care Licensing Did you know that Children’s Licensing and Investigation Services merged into the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Child Care Licensing, Children’s Residential Licensing, and the Out-of-Home Investigation Team are now all located within the Division of Environmental and Community Health. They can be reached at 287-8016 and faxes may be sent to 287-9304.
Children’s Licensing and Investigation Services
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
286 Water St., 3rd Floor
State House Station #11
Augusta, ME 04333-0011
- A & L Laboratory, Auburn, (207) 784-5354
- Brewer Water Dept. Laboratory, Holden, (207) 843-7182
- ClearWater Laboratory (Division of Acheron Engineering), Newport, (207)368-5786
- Maine Water Company (Mirror Lake Lab), Rockport, (207) 236-8428
- Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory, Augusta, (207) 287-2727
- Katahdin Analytical Services, Scarborough, (207) 874-2400
- Maine Environmental Laboratory, Yarmouth, (207) 846-6569
- Nelson Analytical Lab, Kennebunk, (207) 467-3478
- Northeast Laboratory Services, Winslow, (207) 873-7711
- Paris Utility District Laboratory, South Paris, (207) 743-5134
Car Seat Inspections – The Bureau of Highway Safety has partner locations around the State of Maine where people can make an appointment with a certified car seat technician for car seat installation assistance, education, and guidance. The link above provides a listing by County. Services that Technicians may provide include, but are not limited to, inspecting your car seat to see if you have it installed correctly, providing education when to transition to another car seat type, re-inspecting your car seat when you have moved it to another vehicle, or car seat placement in a vehicle where all the seats need to be occupied.
2-1-1 – Social Services Support is a free, Maine based confidential information and referral service that connects people of all ages across Maine to local services. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can reach 211 via phone, text, email, or by searching our online database.
Quality for ME (QRIS) is a four-step program designed to increase awareness of the basic standards of early care and education, to recognize and support providers who are providing care above and beyond those standards, and to educate the community of the benefits of higher quality care. Quality for ME has three goals.
- To recognize child care programs that provide quality care
- To encourage providers to increase their level of quality
- To provide parents with identifiable standards of quality
Quality for ME step chart.
MaineHealth Lets Go! 5-2-1-0
CCIDS – Tipsheets and Resources
Farm to Early Care and Education (section of Farm to School programs for ECE)
CPSC Outdoor Home Playground Safety Handbook (publication #324) published in 2005, is intended as guidance for installation of safe backyard playgrounds. The information provided in this publication is not intended as the sole method to reduce injuries which occur with usage of backyard playground equipment. CPSC guidelines are recognized as “standard of care”and will contribute to greater safety.
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CDC Developmental Milestones: Children reach developmental milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move (crawling, walking, etc.). These milestones are important to be observant on. Materials available are not a substitute for standardized, validated developmental screenings. They do provide a quick picture and also usable for conversations with families. Just click on the age of your child to see the milestones.
Provides information on an array of health related areas, including physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
A program of the American Academy of Pediatrics, that includes “BrightFutures/Child Care Health Partnership Handouts for Parents” that are based on the age of the child. Standards from Caring for our Children are also summarized.
Offers current health care information and guidance for parents and caregivers, along with interactive tools and personalized content; Includes information related to child health, as well as guidance on parenting issues from leading child health experts.
Information for babies for parents, caregivers, and health care providers on safe sleeping practices
This brochure provides guidelines for families and consumers in choosing safe and healthy child care in various settings.
A publication from the Consumer Product Safety Commission on crib safety
Planning Guide for Emergency Response Planning in Child Care A publication of Maine Department of Health and Human Services
USDA Choose My Plate; Dietary Recommendation Resource
Provides health and safety resources for parents, child care providers, policymakers; publisher of Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs
A nationwide network of organizations that works to prevent unintentional childhood injury of children ages 1 – 14; information on child passenger safety, pedestrian safety, fire and burn prevention, sports safety, product recalls, and blogs on special topics.
The government agency charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products; provides the latest information on product recalls such as cribs and strollers. Consumers can sign up for e-mail alerts with the latest recalls.
Good early childhood nutrition creates the foundation for a child’s future good. 1,000 Days is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Healthy Eating Research to provide accessible, evidence-based information about today’s best practices for feeding infants and toddlers.
The following information is a common resource suggested for use in guiding daily decisions regarding the safety of outside play.