What is Roads to Quality?
Roads to Quality is Maine’s professional development network, also referred to (MRTQ PDN). Road’s to Quality provides resources to professional development training opportunities and quality improvement tools in one centralized website in order to support early childhood educators in Maine. The mission of Maine Roads to Quality is to promote and support professionalism within the field of early childhood education in Maine and also improve the quality of the early education system.
Roads to Quality offers a wide variety of childcare training courses. Roads to Quality also approves online training organizations to administer courses online to meet ongoing professional development requirements. AIR Child Care Training Solutions is one of these approved organizations.
Maine Childcare Training Tools
While there are many great tools available to childcare professionals, here’s two that we’ve found to be very useful.
The Training Calendarin Roads to Quality allows users to search for trainings using specific filters. Users can look through the training calendar filtering by location, format, audience and so much more.
The Career Latticein the Maine Roads to Quality puts participants on a level on the career lattice. This career lattice promotes professional development with participants and also recognizes experience, training, and educational accomplishments. The Maine Roads to Quality provides a number of sources for participants to develop and gain more skills as well as move themselves up in levels on the career lattice.
How many training hours are needed per year in Maine?
According to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services Division of Licensing and Regulatory Service: Rules for Licensing of Child Care Facilities in 2008, all staff members must complete certain ongoing training requirements per year.
Small Child Care Facility (less than 13 children): Staff working at a small childcare facility must complete a minimum of twelve (12) hours of professional development training per year.
Child Care Facility (those with 13+ children): Full time staff, those working more than 20 hours per week, must complete thirty (30) hours of professional development training each year. Staff working less than 20 hours per week must complete eighteen (18) hours of professional development training each year.