High quality Child Care (QRIS at level 3 or 4) by County and Type in Maine

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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
In 2020, the percent of child care sites at QRIS level 3 or level 4 was higher for center-based child care as opposed to family child care. For 2020, 18.2% of center-based child care centers had the highest ratings in the QRIS system (level 3 or level 4) versus only 7.5% of the family child care sites. There was also county variation, with Waldo County leading the way with an overall rates of 30%, while  Franklin and Washington Counties were second and third with rates of 21% and 20% respectively.  Hancock at 6.6% and  and Penobscot (7.6%)  had  lower rates of child care sites achieving the high quality ratings. Between 2018 and 2020, the overall rate of child care sites at level 3 or level 4 went from 13.9% of all sites to 12.7% of all sites.


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Definitions: The number and percent of all licensed child care providers 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 is 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 have achieved either a level 3 or level 4 status.

Data Source: Quality For ME- Maine's system to support child care providers called QRIS  Maine Quality Rating Improvement System

This indicator is also updated monthly and posted here Maine OCFS Dashboard for Early Childhood Education 

Footnotes: Updated February 2021