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Who is in charge of Rising Stars for ME?

Dec 13, 2023 | Rising Stars

This is a common question, and we understand that it can be confusing! Rising Stars for ME is Maine’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). As a program, it is operated as a partnership between Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network (MRTQ PDN) and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Child and Family Services (DHHS OCFS).

But what does that mean? Essentially, MRTQ PDN and OCFS are each responsible for different parts of the system:


  • Determines programs’ ratings and sends certificates.
  • Arbitrates appeals from programs regarding ratings.
  • Monitors program compliance via E-Portfolio and site visits.


  • Maintains the database for the Rising Stars for ME application and offers technical assistance for application questions.
  • Displays program ratings and manages the Program Portal through Child Care Choices.
  • Administers the MRTQ Registry.
  • Delivers training, including training required within Rising Stars for ME.
  • Provides technical assistance, such as consultation and Accreditation Cohorts, to support programs’ participation with Rising Stars for ME.

The upshot is that MRTQ PDN and OCFS work together to administer Rising Stars for ME. You can connect with either office and we’ll make sure you reach someone who can help answer your questions!

Next week we’ll talk more about the difference between Rising Stars for ME and the MRTQ Registry.

As always, reach out to risingstarsforme@maine.edu with questions.