Family Child Care Credential

What Is the Maine Family Child Care Credential?

Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network, in partnership with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services Office of Child and Family Services, has developed the Maine Family Child Care Credential in response to a nationwide movement to support the professional development of Family Child Care Providers. The specialized training and professional activities within this credential have been designed to support practitioners to deliver high-quality programming to children and families throughout Maine. This credential has been designed to offer multiple pathways for practitioners who have received other Maine credentials.

Family Child Care Credential

Maine Family Child Care Competencies

Each Maine Credential requires the following components:

  • Documentation of specific training and/or education requirements.
  • Submission of evidence documenting understanding and mastery of the competencies defined in each Maine Credential.
  • Feedback or other documentation regarding the practitioner’s engagement with families through the dissemination of a family survey.
  • An on-site visit consisting of an observation and/or interview.

MRTQ PDN convenes Review Teams quarterly – in January, April, July, and October – to review Maine Credential applications. For detailed information about the Maine Credentials, please click on a specific Credential above.

Credential Cohorts

MRTQ PDN offers support to practitioners who have completed the requirements to apply for a Maine Credential.  Find out about the Credential Cohorts here:

Renewing your credential?

  • For the application to renew your Maine Family Child Care Credential, please click here.

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