Working Parents and Child Care: Charting a New Course for Quality

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Maine Policy Review


Close to two-thirds of children in Maine under the age of five need child care while their parents work. The quality of child care is a critical policy concern, since research tells us that early childhood experience plays a major role in later-life success for individuals. The authors report on findings from three studies regarding child care arrangements in Maine and the quality of child care in the state and nationally. They describe the development and implementation of Maine's new Quality Rating System (QRS) for child care facilities, Quality for ME, and the role that it can play both in improving child care and in helping parents chose quality care.


Maine Policy Review publishes timely, independent, peer-reviewed analysis of public policy issues relevant to the state of Maine. Since its founding in 1991, the journal has become recognized as a definitive source of objective information and for its thoughtful coverage of current and emerging policy issues. Maine Policy Review is published jointly two times per year by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine.