Region 6 - Howard County

Contact Information:

Office of Child Care Region 6 (Howard County)
Maryland State Department of Education
3300 N. Ridge Road
Suite 190
Ellicott City, MD 21043

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Main office phone 410-750-8771
Office e-mail
Office fax 410-750-0324

"Anyone who is interested in starting a child care business in a home or center is required to complete an on-line Orientation on a computer.  This is the very first step to getting a child care center license or a large family or family child care registration.  (Click here to go to the Orientation page)"

To obtain required “local permits” for a child care center license or family child care registration - click here 

For Provider Training (Pre-Service and Continuing) - please click here to find MSDE-approved training courses, trainers and training organizations.

Valenti, Louis
Regional Manager 410-750-8779
Vacant Secretary 410-750-8771
McCready, Barbara
Licensing Supervisor 410-750-7940
Afework, Sharon
Licensing Specialist 410-750-8774
Woodward, Patricia
Licensing Specialist 410-750-8774
Jariwala, Payal
Licensing Specialist 410-750-8775
Ernst, Dotty
Licensing Specialist 410-750-8635
Moran, Sara
Licensing Specialist 410-750-8601
Jumbelick, Jeannette
Licensing Specialist 410-750-9034

Region 6 - Helpful Contact Information

Howard Co. Child Care Resource Center
(Provider Training & Child Care Referral Service)

3300 N. Ridge Rd., Suite 380, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Office: 410-313-1940/ Fax: 410-313-1430

Maryland Child Care Credentialing Program
MSDE/Office of Child Care Credentialing Branch 

200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Office: 410-767-7852

Howard Co. Health Department
10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044
Office: 410-313-7500/ 410-880-5888

Howard Co. Dept. of Social Services
7121 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia, MD 21046
Main Line: 410-872-4200/ Fax: 410-872-0914
POC: x376; x385
Food Program: x295, 297, or 362

Howard Co. Office of Planning & Zoning
George Howard Building
3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Office: 410-313-2393
Permits: 410-313-2436 or 2455

Howard Co. Family Child Care Association (HCFOCC)
P.O. Box 2154, Columbia, MD 21045
Message board: 410-776-4841 

Howard Co. Department of Fire & Rescue Services
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046

Maryland Dept. of Public Safety - CJIS Customer Service Center (Fingerprinting)
6776 Reisterstown Road Plaza, Suite 200,
Baltimore, MD 21215
(Mon. - Fri., 8 am - 3:30 pm, Sat., 9 am - 4 pm)