Day care owners are able to operate a child care center out of their home, which is known as a home, or private, day care center. As a home day care operator, you are able to care for a maximum number of children directly within your home. In Maine, home day care centers and operators must meet licensing requirements and adhere to the guidelines established by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
Applicants interested in starting a home day care in Maine must become certified before they can obtain a day care license. The certification application is available by request only. To request an application, submit the Child Care Information Request Form, which is available on the Maine Department Child and Family Services website, located in the references section.
Prior to receiving a child care license certificate, applicants must first undergo a six-hour training orientation. This orientation teaches applicants the rules and regulations for operating a home daycare in Maine. The University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service offer the orientation course as well as other training courses helpful for day care providers.
Applicants must also become certified in CPR and first aid before they can receive a certificate. CPR and first aid training is available at community colleges, hospitals and local Red Cross organizations. Take note, to become certified in CPR and first aid the applicant must pay a training fee, which varies by provider.
A home day care provider must undergo a criminal background check to qualify for a home day care license. Any person living in the household over age 16 must also undergo a criminal background check. Child care workers and volunteers are also required to undergo a criminal history report, out-of-home abuse investigation report, child protection report and a motor vehicle report. These forms are available from the Maine Department Child and Family Services.
State Fire Marshal Approval
Before you can open a home day care in Maine, the state fire marshal must inspect your home to ensure that it meets all fire safety regulations. Upon completion of this inspection, the fire marshal will certify the home meets all fire safety regulations in a written statement to the Maine Department of Child and Family Services. The fire marshal must inspect the home every two years or when the heating system is altered or changed as well as if any construction is done to the home for the home to retain its day care license. The day care provider must notify the Maine Department of Child and Family Services if any structural or mechanical alterations are made to the home.