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Maine Child Care Grants, Programs and Services

Whether you are looking to start a child care program in Maine or are a seasoned owner, there are many resources available to help fund your programs. Each state has a primary agency or organization responsible for subsidizing child care programs. They partner with local child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies and shared services organizations to raise awareness of grant opportunities and support the distribution of funding. They also provide additional programs and services to help you run your business. 

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Maine Child Care Grants, Programs and Services 

Primary State Agency (Child Care Development Fund)

This primary agency oversees early care and education programs and services in Maine, and is responsible for subsidizing child care programs through federal and state grants. Visit the Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R Agency)

Child Care Resource & Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) are another great resource for assisting child care providers with available grants and funding and other resources. Find your local CCR&R Agency

Shared Services Organizations and NAEYC Regional Affiliates

The community of ECE leaders working to provide services to support sustainable child care programs is growing all the time. Reach out to your local organizations like Maine Association for the Education of Young Children (MaineAEYC) to learn more about their services. 

Champions of Mixed Delivery Monthly Call

The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) and National Child Care Association (NCCA) and are partnering to offer Champions of Mixed Delivery, a series of monthly check-in calls to share and receive updates about key proposals, coordinate messaging and talking points and share resources for advocacy. View dates and register for a call here.

Maine Child Care Licensing Requirements

Learn more about Maine early learning standards: Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Learn more about child care licensing requirements in Maine: Maine Department of Education

Maine Early Childhood Education Quality Ratings, Curriculum and Assessments

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) 

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. Many states require these quality standards in order to receive grants and additional funding. Learn more at Rising Stars for ME.

State-Aligned Curriculum

Feel confident knowing your curriculum aligns to your state standards. Procare Early Learning by Learning Beyond Paper provides a 100% digital curriculum and assessments addressing the needs of child care centers, daycares, preschools and early learning teachers.


Simplify the assessment process and meet Maine state standards with a unique early childhood assessment framework that makes clarity a key strength of your child care center’s assessments and communications.

Average Cost of Child Care in Maine

Understanding the cost of child care in Maine is important for both parents and child care providers. 

Annual Child Care Costs in Maine
Center-based child care for an infant in Maine costs an average of $11,960 a year.

Child Care Affordability in Maine

The median household in Maine spends nearly 11% of its household income on infant care for a single child.

More Information on Maine Child Care

The Pine Tree State is one of the least populated states in the U.S., with just over 1.3 million residents. Half of the state’s population lives in the Portland metropolitan area, making this the best area to start a center-based or in-home daycare.

View child care costs in other states.

Professional Development Resources

Professional development programs are designed to encourage, support and recognize early childhood professionals seeking to expand their skills to raise the quality of their programs. View a list of professional development resources for child care providers here.