Child Care Licensing and Registration
A Maryland 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 13 Regional Offices are responsible for all regulatory activities, including the following: 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 here.
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
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
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