Welcome to the Profession of Providing Child Care in the State of Maine!

A collage of 5 images of children ranging in age from infant to 8 years, of various ethnicities. The children are playing outside, having a book read to them by a child care provider, and others are looking at books.

Who and why should you use this resource?

If you are just beginning to walk through the process of opening a child care business or are in the middle of the process, this resource can be a support. This resource contains the following:

  • Information to decide which child care business structure is right for you.
  • First steps in opening a child care business.
  • How to apply to open a child care business.
  • How to apply to accept child care subsidy as a child care business.
  • How to apply to be part of the Child and Adult Care Food program as a childcare business.

Many of the links for resources are PDFs. You will need a PDF reader to view them. You can download a free version of Acrobat Reader here.

Download the Checklist for Becoming a Child Care Provider in Maine (PDF) to track your progress as you move through the steps of applying to be a child care provider in Maine.

This resource, Providing Child Care in the State of Maine, was developed in collaboration with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services; and the Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network; with funding from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services, Child Care Development Block Grant; and the University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Disabilities (Grant No. 90DDUC0056).

Click on the links below to begin or use the menu, Providing Child Care in Maine, in the left column to navigate to the various sections of this resource.