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Maine Roads to Quality Career Development Services

All of Maine's children will be in quality learning environments.

Maine Roads to Quality is the Early Care and Education Career Development Center for Maine. Established in 1999 by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, its purpose is to promote and support professionalism in the early care and education field.

In 2006, nearly 10,000 people in the state worked in the early care and education field, but only about 25 percent held a credential in early childhood education or a related field. Maine Roads to Quality works in partnership with Maine's Resource Development Centers as well as Maine's Higher Education System to promote professional development opportunities throughout the state.

The Maine Roads Scholarship Program improves access to higher education and removes financial barriers by providing scholarships to support child care and early education providers in Maine pursuing a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, an Associate's degree, a Bachelor's degree, or a Master's degree (including Wheelock College, Portland site).

The Maine Roads Accreditation Facilitation Project provides information, support and technical assistance to early care and education sites seeking accreditation through the National Association for Family Child Care Providers, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (for center-based programs), or the Council on Accreditation (for school-age programs).

Project Goals

  • Promote the quality of child care and early education.
  • Address the training and education needs of child care and early education professionals.
  • Develop multiple ways for professionals to achieve their career goals.
  • Increase access to early childhood education.
  • Increase links between training and formal education.
  • Recognize and reward professionalism.
  • Increase the number of accredited centers and family child care homes.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the career development system.
  • Collaborate with and unite partners to achieve the above.

Project Services

  • Administer the Career Lattice and Registry, a system that tracks employment, education and training.
  • Deliver 180 hours of articulated training.
  • Manage a trainer approval system.
  • Deliver a Child Care Leadership Institute consisting of 30 hours of training in Human Resource Management, Financial Management, Administration and Supervision, and Leadership.

For more information go to the project website: Maine Roads to Quality

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