Professional Learning & Resources

Recorded Professional Learning

Below and to the right-hand side are recent professional development opportunites that have been recorded and made available for on-demand viewing as well as resources to support high-quality programming. 

Public Pre-K Technical Assistance Series

Resource Document

April 11, 2022: Pre-K Application in Accordance With Ch. 124 and the Pre-K Guidebook Review & Reflect
April 25, 2022: Community Needs/Recruitment/Enrollment/Transitions
May 9, 2022: Partnering with Community Providers exploring MoUs & CC licensing
May 23, 2022: CDS Relationships/Coordination/Screening
June 13, 2022: Curriculum and Assessment Choices
June 27, 2022: High-Quality Classroom Environments & Materials
July 11, 2022: Early Childhood Development Teacher Training and MELDS
July 25, 2022: Family Engagement Strategies

NAEYC Week of the Young Child 2022

A fun-filled week celebrating early learning, young children,

their teachers, families, and communities.

Music Monday   Additional Resources

Tasty Tuesday  Additional Resources

Work Together Wednesday  Additional Resources

Artsy Thursday  Additional Resurces

Family Friday  Additional Resources

Request for Applications (RFA) #202107114 Public Pre-K Expansion

The informational meeting was held on October 7, 2021 from 3-4:30pm. This meeting was recorded and is now available for viewing.

Those wishing to access the recording can do so here. The runtime is one hour, twenty-eight minutes.

The RFA is housed on the Division of Procurement Services website.

  • Answers to frequently asked questions will be posted here no later than 10/21/2021.
  • Any amendments made to the RFA will be posted here no later than 10/28/2021.
  • Applications are due no later than 11/4/2021 at 11:59pm local time.
  • Additional details and instructions can be found within the RFA itself.

A direct link to the RFA is here.

Working with Community Partners to Provide State-Funded Pre-K

This 3-part series will look at the benefits, barriers and how-tos of developing a formal public Pre-K partnership.

Session 1 of 3: An Overview of High-Quality School and Community Partnerships

Session 2 of 3: Panelist Contributions

Session 3 of 3: Where to Begin

Unpacking the Pre-K Guidebook

This 7-part series will look at each section of the newly released Guide to High-Quality Publicly-Funded Preschool.

Session 1 of 7: Standards & Program Structure

Session 2 of 7: Student Support

Session 3 of 7: Collaborations and Partnerships

Session 4 of 7: Pre K Budgets

Session 5 of 7: Family Engagement

Session 6 of 7: Transitions into Pre-K and Kindergarten

Session 7 of 7: Technical Assitcance (TA)


Head Start Resources 

Office of Head Start  

Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center

Child Care Licensing

Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network

New England Head Start Association

Maine’s Child Development Services

Maine Child Care Subsidy Program

Women, Infants, and Children 

Quality for ME

State Entity Resources 

Maine Children’s Growth Council

Maine Association for the Education of Young Children (MAEYC) 

University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion & Disability Studies

Maine Roads to Quality 

Child Development Services (CDS) 

Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Maine Home Visiting Programs


Maine Parent Federation

Maine SPARK 

Educate ME 

National Entity Resources

Alliance for Early Success

American Academy of Pediatrics

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

Division of Exceptional Children (DEC) 

Education Commission of the States: PreK-3

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids

Harvard Graduate School of Education

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Association for Elementary School Principals (NAESP) 

National Governors Association 

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) 

National Prekindergarten Center

National Scientific Council on the Developing Child Zero to Three 

General Resources

Promoting Equity for Young Multilingual Children and Their Families

Dispatch: Maine’s Public Preschool Programs and Section 504 of the ADA (DOC)  The Power of a Good Idea: How the San Francisco School District is Building a PreK-3rd Grade Bridge (PDF)

Framework for Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating PreK-3rd Grade Approaches (PDF) 

Social and Emotional Learning:

A Policy Vision for the Future (PDF) 

The Primary Years Agenda: Strategies to Guide District Action (PDF)

Child Care Subsidy Program (PDF)


Contact Us

Nicole Madore
Early Childhood Specialist
Maine Department of Education
Phone: 207-446-3967