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Resource Documents


The following documents are primarily intended as guidance for the child care provider community with respect to a variety of child care program issues and practices. The Maryland State Department of Education's Office of Child Care uses many of these documents as the basis for assessing provider compliance with licensing requirements.

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Age-Appropriate Immunization Requirements

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Child Care

Animals in Child Care Facilities

Application Packet for a Child Care Center License or Letter of Compliance

Applicantion Packet for the Family Child Care Home Registration

Application Packet for a Nonpublic Nursery School

Asthma and Allergies Resource Guide

Barriers to Protect Children from Safety Hazards

Change of Licensee/Letter Holder of Child Care Centers

Child Abuse, Neglect and Mental Injury

Communicable Disease Summary

Crib Standards

Credential Evaluation Services

Daily Schedule (sample)

Developmental Characteristics

Diapering Procedure

Discipline Guide

Dual Licensure of Foster Homes, and Family Child Care or Large Family Child Care Homes

First Aid/CPR/SIDS - Approved Training Sources

First Aid Kits – Required Contents

Food and Nutrition Resource Guide

General Sanitation Guidelines

Handwashing Procedure

Home Instruction

Illness and Reportable Diseases in Child Care

Lead Poisoning FAQs

Maryland Child Passenger Safety Law

Overnight Child Care in Family Child Care Homes

Planning Your Facility – Materials and Equipment

Playground Safety Tips

Playground and Water Safety Guidelines

Poisonous Plants

Program Requirements – Curriculum Resource Guide

Staff-Child Ratio and Group Size Charts

Supervising Children

Volunteers in Child Care Co-Op Programs

Volunteers and Practicum Students in Child Care Facilities

Contact Information
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
 Licensing Branch
Regional Licensing Offices
Finding the Right Child Care
Parent's Guide to Regulated Care
Una Guía para Padres (en español)
Opening a Child Care Center
Opening a Family Child Care Home
Partners Newsletter
Formularios de Licencia (en español)
Provider Grant Program
Enforcement Actions and Appeals
On-Line Licensing Inspection Results
 Office of Child Care
Licensing Branch
Child Care Subsidy Branch (Purchase of Care Program)
Credentialing Branch
Maryland EXCELS Branch
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