General Info

Child Care Licensing and Registration

Statewide License

A license or registration is required to provide child care services. 

All child care in Maryland is regulated by the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care’s (OCC), Licensing Branch. The Licensing Branch’s thirteen Regional Offices are responsible for all regulatory activities, including: Issuing child care licenses and registrations to child care facilities that meet state standards; Inspecting child care facilities annually; Providing technical assistance to child care providers; Investigating complaints against regulated child care facilities; Investigating reports of unlicensed (illegal) child care; and Taking enforcement action when necessary. COMAR Regulations and other information about the Office of Child Care may be found at: http://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/regulations-1

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Valid for 2 years Revised : No Date
Varies Approval time
$0 Application cost
10-30 mins Average completion time

How to get your license?

Obtaining the License

Steps, requirements and documents

Completion of orientation: Family Child Care Home

Completion of orientation: Large Family Child Care Home

Completion of orientation: Child Care Center

Required documentation listed on application forms and website at: http://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/child-care-providers/licensing/licensing-forms

How do I apply?

Apply or register

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How do I maintain or renew my license?

Maintaining Your License

Renewal after 2 years

You may need to meet or abide by all of the following requirements
in order to maintain or renew your license

Compliance with Regulations.

Yearly inspections, on-going training requirements.

Submission of required documentation every two years – Continuing application: Center, Family Child Care Home, Large Family Child Care Home.

License issuer

Agency/Contact

Information

Who issues the license?

Maryland State Department of Education
www.marylandpublicschools.org

Contact information

http://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/child-care-providers/licensing/regional-licensing-offices
Work hours: 8:00-5:00 M-F
Address: 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21146

Purpose

Why is this license required?

The purpose of child care licensing and registration is to protect the health, safety and welfare of children while in child care arrangements

Where can I find more information?

Resources and Links

Visit the following websites for additional information

How do I apply?

Apply or register

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