classHow to Become a Child Care Provider

Becoming a child care provider can be very rewarding and fulfilling. It is a very important career. There are many things to consider before becoming a child care provider; here are just a few:

  • Do you enjoy spending time with young children?
  • Is there an age group (for example, school-age or infants) that you prefer caring for?
  • Are you committed to working with families and promoting their child's emotional, physical, and mental growth?
  • Would you prefer working by yourself or with other providers?
  • What are your own feelings, perceptions, and/or experiences with child care?
  • What skills do you have that will help you care for children (for example, patience, energy, craft skills, musical talent, etc.)?

There are many opportunities to work with young children in Maine. These include operating or working at a private family child care home, operating or working in a public or private child care center, Head Start program, Public School Pre-K program, or Nursery School.

The links on the left provide more information about starting different types of child care and also a link to request child care licensing information.

There are many training opportunities available to people interested in the child care profession. Technical colleges and Public and Private Colleges and Universities throughout Maine offer Early Childhood coursework, degrees and/or certificate programs. Maine Roads to Quality External site disclaimer