Statistics on children, youth and families in Maine from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Maine Children's Alliance
High-quality child care using QRIS quality rating improvement system in Maine
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Why This Indicator Matters
Definition and Source
The number and percent of all child care providers that had an active license and were enrolled in the 4-step rating Quality for Maine rating system, (called QRIS) who have achieved either level 3 or the highest level, level 4. QRIS was a voluntary quality improvement system for licensed child care providers. The data represent the number and percent of family-based child cares and the number and percent of center-based child cares enrolled in the QRIS data based in December of the calendar year who had achieved either a level 3 or level 4 status.
Maine's child care rating system to provide parents a way to easily identify high quality early childhood and education programs was called QRIS. Maine Quality Rating Improvement System until replaced in 2023 by Rising Stars for ME.
Note that the criteria for being included is child cares that have an active license- so this excludes child cares whose license was in process of a routine review, pending or suspended.