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To become a child care provider you first need to decide if you want to open a business in your home or if you want to create a center-based business.  Below is a definition of each type of business:

  • Family Child Care – You may provide care for up to 8 children in your home

  • Large Family Child Care – You may care for up to 12 children in your home

  • Child Care Center – You may provide care in a facility outside of your home that is zoned to be used as a child care center.  The number of children you serve is dependent upon the square footage of the building.

The Maryland Child Care Credential Program recognizes individual child care providers who increase their qualifications beyond the requirements of state licensing and registration regulations. There are six staff credential levels and four administrator levels offering various recognition of achievement based on a child care provider’s professional development/education, years of experience, and professional activities.

The Program is voluntary.  Registered family child care providers and child care center staff are encouraged to participate.

Any licensed or registered center-based program, Head Start, family child care professional, public prekindergarten, or school-age program that is open and operating is eligible to participate in Maryland EXCELS. As a Maryland EXCELS participant, you commit to quality by engaging in an ongoing process of self-evaluation and improvement on behalf of your program.

Training Voucher & Reimbursement

"Training Vouchers and Reimbursement are designed to assist child care professionals participating in the Maryland Child Care Credential Program at Level Two or higher with the costs of training for professional development." -MSDE

Regional Licensing Offices

Anyone who is interested in starting a child care business in a home or center is required to take the face-to-face orientation training. Please contact your Office of Child Care Regional Licensing Office to schedule the Orientation Training.

The Family Child Care Provider Direct Grant Program

"The Family Child Care Provider Direct Grant Fund Program exists to help registered family child care providers offset some of the costs of opening their child care programs. Eligibility is based upon certain income levels and family size. An applicant's annual income must not exceed 60% of Maryland's current State Median Income (SMI) for the applicant's family size." -MSDE

Maryland Excels Toolkit

"This Toolkit provides information and resources to support you in making quality improvements in your early childhood or school-age program. We invite you to explore these resources designed to guide your Maryland EXCELS experience and enhance the quality of your program." -EXCELS