The Office of Child Care and Head Start offers Quality Certificates to child care programs who meet the Step 4 requirements for the Quality for ME Rating System.
These programs have received Maine’s highest quality rating. They have been accredited by a national organization, have staff with a high level of experience and education in early childhood education, and actively utilize Maine’s Early Learning Guidelines and/or Infant Toddler Guidelines.
For information about the Quality for ME standards, please see the Quality for ME application Manual.
The Maine legislature passed a law that expands the income tax credit for child care expenses. A Maine taxpayer who enrolls a child in a child care center or home with a Quality Certificate is eligible for a double child care tax credit on their state income tax return. Currently an individual is allowed a credit against the tax otherwise due in the amount of 25% of the federal tax credit allowable for child and dependent care. In the new law, this credit doubles in amount if the child care expenses were incurred through the use of quality child care. The credit may result in a refund of up to $500.