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 Simplified Process in Maine

For its QRIS, Quality for ME, Maine created an online application process that was linked to the state's automated professional development registry. Providers began the application process by entering their unique six-digit child care license number. This number enabled access to the system and automatically triggered the Maine Roads to Quality (MRTQ) Professional Development Registry records for the site. Providers verified or updated these records and responded to queries that requested the additional information required to determine their quality level. The MRTQ Registry provided accreditation and Head Start data, which were also used to help determine a quality level. Upon completion of the application, the system triggered a report that included a brief overview of what quality level the provider was likely to receive based on the information entered. It also told applicants what was missing as well as what they would need to do to move to the next step in the QRIS. This report was 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 was meant to be an educational experience for providers. The online system allowed the user to hold the cursor over words, which raised popup boxes with definitions and other helpful information, including examples of policies and practices that met the QRIS standards (for example, model parent handbook or classroom planning tool).

Data Collection and Evaluation

Maine QRIS System Linked Professional Development and Technical Assistance

Quality for ME, the QRIS in Maine, was a partnership of the state's professional development project called Maine Roads to Quality. The Quality for ME automated system included shared data linkages that populated 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 minimized the amount of data entry required of an applicant; because an applicant had to confirm the information, the process resulted in more accurate data across these state systems. Maine was developing an automated technical assistance tracking system that would link to the professional development registry and enable individual providers to note on their transcript that they are receiving technical assistance on particular topics.