Licensed child care in Maine

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Of course, parents depend on having reliable safe child care in order to go to work. Furthermore, quality child care is essential to the healthy social and emotional development of children. Brain research has shown the first few years of a child's life are critical to the development of a child's ability to learn and be successful. Quality child care is of particular benefit to low-income children who may lack opportunities for enrichment at home.

In Maine, the number of licensed family child cares has decreased from 1,149 in 2012 to 864 in 2018.
The number of licensed child care centers has held relatively constant, as there were 725 in 2012 and in 2018 there were 765.

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Definitions: The number of licensed child care homes and child care centers in Maine. The year refers to the number of licensed sites in December of each year.

Data Source: Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care and Head Start.

Footnotes: Data about private nursery schools that is distinct from licensed childcare for preschoolers is no longer available.

Uploaded April 2019.