Rising Stars for ME is a mandatory program for all licensed child care programs in Maine. License exempt, non-relative providers also participate in Rising Stars for ME.
Rising Stars for ME has three goals:
- To recognize early childhood and out-of-school time programs that meet standards of evidence-based quality practices.
- To encourage and support programs to engage in continuous quality improvement efforts.
- To provide families with identifiable standards of quality.
Rising Stars for ME is important because we all care and want what is best for Maine’s children. Studies have shown that children in quality early care programs have better developed language skills, motor skills, and reasoning ability when they get to school.