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Update: Provider Transition Grants & Early Childhood Educator Workforce Salary Supplements

Information received from the Office of Child and Family Services
Date: January 19, 2023

As previously announced, the Provider Transition Grants will continue for the months of January, February, march and April 2023 and programs will be eligible to receive $25 per licensed capacity slot. Transition Grants will end after the April payment is issued in May. Please remember payments received are for the previous month.

The Early Childhood Educator Workforce Salary Supplements are ongoing using State General Fund dollars and will not end when the Provider Transition Grants end. To be eligible:

  • Providers must update the MRTQ registry AND the Early Childhood Educator Workforce
    Salary Supplement Portal
    with any staffing changes each month by the deadlines below.
  • February 6, 2023, for the month of January 2023.
  • March 6th for the month of February 2023.
  • April 6th for the month of March.
  • May 6th for the month of April.
  • If you forget your access code for the ECE Salary Supplement Wage Portal, there is a link
    to retrieve it on the log in page.
  • If there have been no changes to your programs’ staff, then you may disregard this
  • If you already registered, you do not need to register again you will continue receiving
  • ECE Salary Supplement Program Guidance and Training
Posted in DHHS / OCFS

Early Childhood Educators Salary Supplemental Program to Start

Reminder: the final payment for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Child Care Stabilization Grant (which began September 2021 and ends August 2022) will be sent out mid-September 2022. 

The Early Childhood Educators Salary Supplemental Program was passed into law by Maine’s Legislature this past session. The passed Bill covers many areas intended to support the child care workforce, including wage supplements. As of September 2022, the workforce wage supplement payments are to be $200 per month with the first payments arriving mid-October 2022. 

The Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) is currently developing the complete guidelines for this new program. Once completed they will be issued to all providers. In regards to the wage supplement, FCCAM’s understanding is that family child care providers are being considered “staff” within their program.

Again to eliminate confusion, this Salary Supplemental Program is not an extension of the federally funded APRA Child Care Grant.  This is a totally new program funded by the State.