Statistics on children, youth and families in Maine from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Maine Children's Alliance
High-quality child care by type in Maine
High-quality child care by type
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Why This Indicator Matters
A child’s earliest years are critical for their future success. Quality early education programs have lasting benefits. These early years lay the foundation for everything from academic and career achievement to health and wellness to maintaining healthy personal relationships.
What the Data Shows
The percent of child care sites at QRIS level 3 or level 4 is higher for center-based child care as opposed to family child care. For 2021, 23.8% of center-based child care centers had the highest ratings in the QRIS system (level 3 or level 4) versus 11.1% of the family child care sites. Both rates were the highest since at least 2018, and combined the 2021 rate of child care sites at QRIS level 3 or 4 was 17.7%.
There was county variation, with Waldo County leading the way with a rate of 43% for all of its licensed child care sites, while Washington and Somerset Counties were second and third with rates of 30% and 26% respectively. The lowest rates of child cares at QRIS level 3 and level 4 were in Hancock at 10%, Penobscot at 11% and Kennebec at 14%.
Definition and Source
This indicator is also updated monthly and posted here Maine OCFS Dashboard for Early Childhood Education, although it does not differentiate between family child cares and center-based child cares.
Updated February 2022
Maine Children's Alliance
The Maine Children's Alliance advocates for sound public policies and promotes best practices to improve the lives of all Maine's children, youth and families.Learn More
- Maine Children's Alliance
- Maine KIDS COUNT Project
- 331 State Street
- Augusta, ME 04330
- Helen Hemminger
- Research and KIDS COUNT Associate
- 207-623-1868 ext. 203
- [email protected]