For Child Care Providers

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 4:00pm

Revised Child Care Operating Procedures during COVID-19 Pandemic (June 10, 2020)

MSDE is providing this clarification on child care operating procedures in Maryland.  All parents are now eligible to access child care services. All child care providers may reopen, as long as they follow all health department protocols listed on the MSDE website and adhere to class size restrictions.  In order to reopen, providers must contact their licensing specialist and complete a Child Care Verification of Reopening form.

Class sizes in child care centers are now expanded to a maximum of 15 individuals per classroom with a ratio of no more than 1:14 for three and four year-olds. This is a temporary relaxing of the regulations. Family child care programs are limited to the number of children for which they are licensed at one time and no more than 15 persons total including residents. Family child care and large family child care programs may serve different children on different days. If they are licensed for evening care and weekends, they can serve additional children in the evening shift, however they must clean and disinfect thoroughly between shifts.  All child care programs must continue to adhere to group size allowed for by age in licensing regulations.

Please continue to review our FAQs and resources on our website at

Thank you for your continued service as essential persons providing child care for Maryland’s families. 

Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Child Care Outlines Path Forward for Child Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) developed Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Child Care, a plan to continue and expand child care during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  As the State entered the first recovery stage, MSDE announced the immediate start of a transition phase for child care, expanding access to child care to include families returning to work under Governor Hogan’s latest Executive Order. MSDE established a comprehensive stakeholder task force, including family and center-based providers, child care advocates, as well as Maryland Department of Health representatives, to provide recommendations that helped to inform the recovery plan. 

View the full Recovery Plan and the Plan FAQs for Providers.

All licensed child care programs are now able to reopen.  Please fill out the NEW Child Care Reopening Verification form and send it to your licensing specialist or region manager for approval.  

Organizations wishing to serve as an EPSA site may contact your regional licensing office.


EPCC and EPSA providers serving essential persons prior to June 8 and for whom they have invoiced for payment from the state may be experiencing delays.  We apologize.

Accessing Bulk Items at​ Grocery Stores (4/22/2020)

The Maryland State Department of Education has worked with several other agencies to connect with many of the large grocery stores and big box stores across Maryland to request assistance with child care providers having access to purchasing above the limits on certain items and to have access to stores during non-peak hours.  Some of the big box stores have also agreed to allow child care providers to use the store without a membership.  Most of the stores contacted are willing to work with child care providers, but in different ways.  Please use this letter to contact the manager of your local store to explain the letter and discuss the options they have for you to purchase needed food and supplies.  You must have your child care license or registration in addition to the letter when going to the store.  

Letter for Grocery Stores and Food Purchases


 Invoice form            

If you are an EPSA Provider needing an EPSA Invoice, please send your request to

Medical and Emergency Supplies for Child Care Providers (Updated 6/5/2020)

Providers should use their $800 or $1,600 grants to purchase medical and other emergency supplies through your normal purchasing practices and supply chains.

The federal process for ordering cloth face masks is open for all organizations/facilities. It is not necessary for entities to reach out to local Emergency Management offices as they can go directly to the established website to submit orders without an approval authority. Feel free to widely distribute the link below to those in your jurisdiction looking to order cloth face masks.