Resources and guidance for the new rating system, Rising Stars for ME.

Quality Initiatives

Quality Improvement awards and mini-grant funding opportunities for Early Childhood and Out-of-School time practitioners in Maine.

Mandated Reporter Training

Mandated Reporters are a critical part of Maine’s Child protection system and act as an early warning network to identify suspected child abuse and neglect promptly enough to avoid serious and long term damage to a child. Professionals who frequently encounter children in their work are in the best position to recognize and report suspected child abuse and neglect and are required by law to do so.

Required Health and Safety Training

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization of 2014 requires that as of September 1, 2017, all practitioners caring for children and youth receiving CCDF subsidy will have completed a basic health and safety training covering ten specific health and safety-related topics.

Infant Toddler MELDS

Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network (MRTQ PDN), in partnership with the Maine Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), is pleased to announce the release of the Infant and Toddler Maine Early Learning and Development Standards (Infant Toddler MELDS).


Go NAPSACC is a FREE online tool to help child care programs give children a healthy start. For programs serving children birth to age 5, the tool provides self-assessments, action planning, a library of tips and materials, and training videos to support children’s healthy habits through practices, policies, and environments. Go NAPSACC can help your program meet Standard 7 of Rising Stars for ME.

Our Mission: Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network (MRTQ PDN) supports early childhood and out-of-school-time professionals in developing the expertise necessary to provide high-quality, inclusive, and culturally responsive care to Maine’s children.

MRTQ PDN consists of a partnership between the Cutler Institute  at the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, and the Maine Afterschool Network.

Find an updated list of FREE Communities of Practice (CoPs) happening around the state HERE.


Training Requests?

We are hearing from you that the need for training is continuing during this time. For more information about the potential options for you and your program, CLICK HERE

Maine CDC

The Maine Center for Disease Control is responding to the COVID‑19 pandemic, caused by a novel (new) coronavirus.


Our Registry is the core of Maine’s professional recognition system. The Registry uses members’ work, education, Early Childhood credentials, and training histories to assign a level on the appropriate career lattice. After joining the Registry, members have a convenient way of tracking ongoing training and educational accomplishments.

Registry Login

Already a Maine Roads to Quality Registry Member?  Log in here to access your information!

Technical Assistance

We have created a statewide system to offer on-site support to early childhood and out-of-school time programs working to improve program quality. Trained technical assistance consultants are available in all regions of the state and can work with programs on a variety of issues.


Pathways is the quarterly newsletter for Maine Roads to Quality that includes information on upcoming training opportunities, helpful resources, and other program updates.


We offer multiple opportunities for professional development in the early childhood field. Whether a practitioner wants to complete Core Knowledge Training, take a course for continuing education, or complete one of Maine’s professional credentials, MRTQ PDN is available to support an individual’s professional development goals.

Training Calendar

Course offerings and descriptions are kept up-to-date in our online training calendar.