Maine

QRIS State Profile

This profile is from the QRIS Compendium—a comprehensive resource for information about all of the QRIS operating in the U.S. and its Territories. It was developed by a partnership of the BUILD Initiative, the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative, and Child Trends.

QRIS Resource Guide Examples

Online Application Simplifies Process in Maine

For its QRIS, Quality for ME, Maine created an online application process, which is linked to the State's automated professional development registry. Providers begin the application process by entering their six-digit, unique child care license number. This number enables access to the system and automatically triggers the Maine Roads to Quality (MRTQ) Professional Development Registry records for the site. Providers verify or update these records, and go on to respond to queries that request the additional information required to determine their quality level. The MRTQ Registry provides accreditation and Head Start data, which are also used to help determine a quality level. Upon completion of the application, the system triggers a report that includes a brief overview of what quality level the provider is likely to receive based on the information entered. It also tells the applicant what is missing as well as what it would need to do to move to the next step in the QRIS. This report is then sent to Department of Health and Human Services staff to verify licensing compliance data and provide any other necessary approvals. Filling out the application is meant to be an educational experience for providers. The online system allows the user to hold the cursor over words which bring up popup boxes with definitions and other helpful information, including examples of policies and practices that meet the QRIS standards (e.g., model parent handbook or classroom planning tool). Additional information is available at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/ec/occhs/qualityforme.htm

Data Collection and Evaluation

Maine QRIS System Links Professional Development and Technical Assistance

Quality for ME, the QRIS in Maine, is a partnership of the State's professional development project, called Maine Roads to Quality. The Quality for ME automated system includes shared data linkages that populate forms with data from the professional development registry, the State licensing database, and National Association of Child Care Resources & Referral Agencies software. These automated data links minimize the amount of data entry required of an applicant; because an applicant must confirm the information, the process results in more accurate data across these State systems. Maine is developing an automated technical assistance tracking system that will be linked to the professional development registry and will enable individual providers to note on their transcript that they are receiving technical assistance on particular topics. Additional information is available at  http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/ec/occhs/qualityforme.htm