Resource Links

Resource links Family Child Care Providers in Maine will find helpful in providing quality care for children:

~State~

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.

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.

Maine Roads to Quality – MRTQ

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.

MaineAEYC – state affiliate for NAEYC

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Child Development Services – CDS

Nap SACC

MaineHealth Lets Go! 5-2-1-0

CCIDS – Tipsheets and Resources

Shared Services for ME

Maine Children’s Alliance

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Choose My Plate

Farm to Early Care and Education (section of Farm to School programs for ECE)

NAFCC – National Association for Family Child Care

Child Care Aware of America

NAEYC – National Association for the Education of Young Children

Council for Early Education – CDA

NAA – National AfterSchool Association

NHSA – National Head Start Association

Preschool Development Grants (PDG)

CPSC Handbook for Outdoor Home Playground Safety

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.

~Health and Safety ~

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.

American Academy of Pediatrics

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.

Healthy Child Care America

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.

Healthy Children

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.

Back to Sleep Education Campaign

Information for babies for parents, caregivers, and health care providers on safe sleeping practices

Five Steps to Choosing Safe and Healthy Child Care

This brochure provides guidelines for families and consumers in choosing safe and healthy child care in various settings.

Crib Safety Tips

A publication from the Consumer Product Safety Commission on crib safety

YIKES Your inventory for Keeping Everyone Safe

Planning Guide for Emergency Response Planning in Child Care A publication of Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Physical Activity and Nutrition

USDA Choose My Plate; Dietary Recommendation Resource

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

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

Safe Kids USA

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 US Consumer Product Safety Commission

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.

Maine Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program

Helping parents navigate the what, when and how of infant and toddler feeding

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. 

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The following information is a common resource suggested for use in guiding daily decisions regarding the safety of outside play.

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