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Divisions > Early Childhood Development > Collaboration and Program Improvement
Outreach & Support for Informal Caregivers

Through contracts with the Office of Child Care (OCC), certain programs provide opportunities for informal providers who are paid through the Child Care Subsidy program (previously called "Purchase of Care," or "POC") to improve the quality of care they provide especially in the areas of health, safety, and child development. Opportunities may include support groups, speakers, workshops, seminars, training, mentoring, incentives for participants, and information on state community services.

The following is a list of OCC's outreach & support contractors:
  • Howard County Department of Citizen Services
  • Prince George's Child Resource Center, Inc.
  • Southern Maryland Child Care Consortium
  • Baltimore City Department of Social Services Caregivers


Contact Information
Linda Zang, Chief, Head Start Collaboration and Program Improvement Branch

Division of Early Childhood Development
Maryland State Department of Education

200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  (410) 767-0140
Email:  lzang@msde.state.md.us
Rolf Grafwallner, Ph.D., Assistant State Superintendent

Division of Early Childhood Development
Maryland State Department of Education

200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0335
Email:  lscott@msde.state.md.us
 Head Start Collaboration and Program Improvement Branch
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