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Child care licensing in Maine requires administrators to obtain 30 clock hours of continuing education annually. The competency-based director credential requires experience in early childhood education but not in administration. There are three options to attain the credential that allow for various combinations of clock-hour training and college coursework, ranging from 150 clock-hours to 9 semester hours of college credit. At the highest level, the statewide QRIS requires administrators to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Elementary school principal licensure requires a graduate degree. For state pre-K programs, elementary schools are required to have a licensed principal; community-based programs do not have specific qualifications for directors.


The interactive map at the right shows the density of child care directors by county (2012 Workforce Dataset: A Review of Workforce Trends, National Workforce Registry Alliance).


Interesting Facts: Maine

  • There are 170 child care directors, 265 elementary principals, and 260 family child care providers in the state.

  • Thomas College offers a bachelor’s degree in early childhood management.

  • The state early childhood workforce registry meets the National Workforce Registry Alliance PER guidelines.