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Divisions > Early Childhood Development > Licensing
Policies and Guidelines


From time to time, the Maryland State Department of Education’s Office of Child Care publishes written policies and guidelines to help its Regional Licensing Offices interpret regulations consistently and respond to questions from providers and facility operators.

The policy/guideline documents listed below are in .pdf format. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. If you do not already have the Reader, click the image.

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To select a policy/guideline document for viewing, click on the number to the left of the document.  Wait for the document to load fully before printing a copy.

After the title of each policy/guideline document, one of the following indicators is used to show what type of child care facility the document applies to:
  • (HOME) - family child care homes
  • (CTR) - child care centers
  • (HOME/CTR) - family child care homes
        and child care centers
  • (CTR/LOC) - child care centers and letter
        of compliance facilities
  • (ALL) - centers, homes, and letter of
        compliance facilities

    98-02 Investigations into Allegations of Child Abuse and Neglect in Child Care Facilities (ALL)
    98-01 Staff Variances (CTR)
    97-04 Dual Licensure of Foster Homes and Family Day Care Homes (HOME)
    97-02 Change of Licensee/Letter Holder (CTR/LOC)
    96-06 Overnight Care in Family Day Care Homes (HOME)

  • Contact Information
    Maryland State Department of Education
    200 West Baltimore Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201
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    Parent's Guide to Regulated Care
    Una Guía para Padres (en español)
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    Opening a Family Child Care Home
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    Partners Newsletter
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