The Division of Early Childhood Office of Child Care supports and oversees all aspects of early education and childcare in the state of Maryland. Learn more about licensing regulations, child care credentialing, Maryland EXCELS, child care subsidy, and more on the Office of Child Care website.

Montgomery County Child Care Support Services (CCSS)

A division of MSDE, this center is ever ready to help. Their mission is to build a successful and knowledgeable child care workforce. Their diverse and multi-lingual team will be with you each step of the way as you grow, learn, meet licensing requirements, and pursue state and national standards. If you are looking to open your own family child care, this is the place to refer. Access CCSS  Services for Providers here.

Maryland Excels

This is an MSDE program. Maryland Excels is a beneficial accreditation for achieving high standards in family child care and is very much in demand with parents looking for high-quality child care for their child. Go to for more information.

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Maryland State Family Child Care Association

This is your state family child care association providing learning opportunities, networking, and representing us in legislative meetings, work groups, and advocacy for the child care profession. FCCAMC members automatically become members of MSFCCA and enjoy all benefits. Visit:



The national membership association is dedicated to family child care. For networking, professional development, accreditation, and advocacy. Access them on Facebook and online at


MSDE Credentialing Program

MSDE has published a helpful guide for the Credentialing Branch Workforce Development Program. A useful source of information for our daycare providers.

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This is a helpful organization for women to start, sustain & grow their businesses. They help entrepreneurs think through the many steps and options for starting a new business. Childcare providers can find free resources. Go to

Here is a useful guide for operating licensed child care. Go to the URL below;

Some Useful Numbers

MSDE OCC Region-V(240)-314-1400
Child Care Food Program(301) 284-4938
Child Care Health Nurse(240) 777-3128
Child Link(240) 777-4769
MCCCR&RC(240) 777-1457
Fire Marshall(240) 777-2457
Child Welfare Services(240) 777-3500
Maryland family Network(410) 659-3500
MD Poison Center(800) 222-1222
MC Commission on Child Care(240) 777-4659
NAFCC(800) 866-2332