Rules, Guidelines, Forms, and Resources for Child Care and Nursery School Providers

The contents of this web page are intended to assist existing and potential child care providers in applying for a license to operate a child care, and to comply with the Rules governing child care programs. Below you will find the application materials that you must submit to the Department, and the Rules for the type of child care program you wish to operate.

In the sections below the Rules are a series of sample forms and documents that will make it easier to comply with the requirements of the Rules for operating a program, enrolling children, and employing child care staff. The last section contains helpful information regarding such topics as immunization, weather conditions, and illnesses; it also contains resources that may be helpful in providing quality child care, including contacts with other agencies and services in the state if Maine or on the national level.

Application Forms:

Child Care Rules:

Sample Forms to Meet Program Requirements:

Child Record Forms:

Employee Record Forms:

Information and Resources:

The forms and documents made available on this site will meet the minimum requirements established in rule, if they are adopted as drafted. Providers may choose to expand the content to meet the needs of their services, and are encouraged to personalize them by adding program names, logos, and/or policies and procedures. Otherwise deleting and/or altering the content of these forms may have the result that they are no longer compliant with the rules.