Posted in Business Practice, DHHS / OFCS, ECE Information

New Incentive to Join MRTQ PDN Registry Now!

**Just a reminder that the new Licensing Rule will be requiring all providers to join the Registry. FCCAM PLC has posted on this.

Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network (MRTQ PDN) is partnering with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family
Services (DHHS, OCFS) to offer Quality Improvement Awards (QIA) to early childhood and out-of-school time practitioners in Maine. First-time Registry members who complete the requirements listed below are eligible for this one-time $100 award. The online application for these awards is scheduled to go live on March 15.

These awards will be given on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are expended.

To incentivize membership in the Maine Roads to Quality Registry with a $100 Quality Improvement Award.

To be eligible to apply for this Quality Improvement Award the individual must:
Have never been a member of the Maine Roads to Quality Registry.

Additional information about the Registry can be found on our website:

The following requirements must be completed within 14 calendar days of the initial application (Step 1):

  1. Complete the online Registry Application at (click “Join”).
    Individuals must include current employment information.
  2. Individuals must submit all required documentation, including documentation of
    educational level, to
  3. Complete the on-demand six-hour training “Health and Safety Orientation.” Follow
    the login instructions to access this training.
  4. Complete the online application for the Quality Improvement Award New Registry
    Member. (scheduled to go live on March 15, 2021) The QIA award application will be available in the Registry at
  5. Already have or create vendor status in the University of Maine System. The form is
    available at:

Eric Norgaard, Statewide Registry Coordinator, will serve as the initial point of contact at MRTQ PDN for all Quality Improvement Awards. Eric can be reached at 207-780-4367 or

How and when will I receive my monetary award?
MRTQ PDN will verify that all of the above requirements have been completed within 14 calendar days. A check for the $100 Quality Improvement Award will be sent to you within 30-45 days of the receipt of all required paperwork. If you would like to check in on the status of your application or award check, please contact Eric Norgaard at or 207-780-4367.

Posted in Business Practice, Professional Development

Still Need to Join MRTQ-Professional Development Network’s Registry?

In “Section 8: Training”, of the 12/30/2020 proposed Family Child Care Licensing Rule there is a new requirement :

“B. Ongoing Training. 3. All Providers and Staff Members must register with Maine’s Professional Development Network.

Many providers already meet this new requirement, as they are already part of the Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network Registry.

For those who have not joined the Registry here’s the link to get you started. The MRTQ Registry is FREE.

Look for….

…. and click the “Join” button.

Complete the information asked for and click “CREATE” for your Registry account. Opening your Registry account is that easy.

Once you have created your account you will be able to add information about your educational background and trainings. You can come back at any time to add or update your information. If you can set aside even 15 minutes you can get a good amount of your information in place. Listing elective training is optional and that is where most time will be needed if you want to post any you have taken in the past 5 years. Please know you do not need to list past trainings.

Let’s look at what some of the informational input pages (found in the top menu – highlighted blue) look like…….

Notice, if you attend any of the Community of Practices (CoP) that MRTQ facilitate those hours are automatically added to your elective hours record.

Licensing accepts this record from MRTQ for tracking your annual training hours required to maintain your license.