Active Child Care Providers

Tools to help your reach your Child Care business goals

You know how build an environment that helps children thrive, let us do the same for your business.

Looking to start a new child care business? Check out our Child Care Business Lab!

We have a long history of helping dedicated providers like you succeed through partnership with our of business advisors and lenders who understand the specific needs of child care businesses.

We can guide you through tools and models that will help you clarify your vision, reach your business goals and put you on a strong financial footing, so you can focus on what you do best.


Holistic Support for Your Child Care Business



$15 million dollars in federal funding has been allocated for the Child Care Infrastructure Grant Program through Governor Mills’ Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan and Child Care Plan for Maine. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) is administering the Child Care Infrastructure Grant Program through a partnership with CEI.

Individuals are eligible to apply if increased capacity or new licensure was completed after March 28, 2022.


We offer a variety of loan products, at competitive rates, to help meet your business needs. Our lending team has extensive experience working with child care enterprises, from home-based providers to centers, and can help match you with a loan product that will boost, not burden, your business.


Business Advising

Our business advisors are well-versed in the child care sector and can help you develop a business plan and financials that account for the specific needs of your business – including subsidies and reimbursements – that will give you a stronger financial footing, at any business stage, while our workforce development team can provide you with tools and options for creating Good Jobs that will attract and retain the talent staff you need.


We are committed to making access to quality child care a reality for all Mainers. We work with providers, parents, peers and policymakers to find ways to reduce barriers to access and promote the success of child care enterprises in Maine.

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Seedlings to Sunflowers

“Seedlings to Sunflowers, a start-up nonprofit childcare center in Gorham, broke ground on its new facility on Friday, November 10, 2017. Friends Marissa…”

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Bloom Child Care

“Molly Miller set out in late 2019 with a vision for Bloom and worked tirelessly through a global pandemic to ensure her vision…”

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Little Learners Homestead

“Passionate about farms, food and children, Anna Wardwell, owner of Little Learners Homestead, LLC, in Hampden, Maine, had always dreamed of running a…”