- Set up account and apply online at MyMaineConnection
- Wait a couple of days and call Portland DHHS office follow prompts for phone interview. Be prepared for the call to last 30 minutes.
- Call/e-mail CCSP in Augusta. (Email is more effective).
If a trustworthy friend/neighbor is seeking employment and qualifies as an unlicensed provider, then that might work. i.e., Employment for a friend and childcare for her. Not sure how that works, though (e.g. if unlicensed provider has to care for kids in unlicensed providers home). I know DHHS has been known to reimburse for babysitters – all questions for CCSP directly – perhaps just contact them first to see what options are available).
A roommate who agrees to care for the kids overnight would be simplest and avoid the time delays with DHHS eligibility, etc.