Maryland Accreditation

Maryland Accreditation

Maryland Accreditation Orientation is Now Online! 

Attending orientation is the first step to achieving Maryland Accreditation or becoming re-accredited. You may begin our online orientation at your convenience.

Take the Maryland Accreditation Orientation

What is Maryland Accreditation?

Show your commitment to providing the best education every day.

Maryland Accreditation is a way for licensed child care centers and public pre-k programs to demonstrate their commitment to providing high-quality learning. (Please note: Family Child Care programs are not currently eligible to pursue Maryland Accreditation.) 

Programs pursue Maryland Accreditation using the following tools:

  • Maryland Accreditation Standards for early childhood and school age programs
  • Self-Appraisal including input from your staff and enrolled families
  • Program Improvement Plan based on areas of need for improvement
  • Review of program improvements through a Final Self-Appraisal
  • Optional support through remote or onsite Technical Assistance
  • Observation and feedback through a Validation Visit

Benefits of Maryland Accreditation include the following:

  • Eligibility for Maryland EXCELS Quality Rating 5
  • Higher EXCELS Payments
  • Access to Accreditation Support Funds for purchasing instructional materials
  • Eligibility to participate in Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood PLUS
  • Opportunity to increase staff and family engagement
  • Demonstrates your dedication to excellence in services for families and your community

 


What is the accreditation process?

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A 24-month process will lead your program through meeting each of the Maryland Accreditation Standards, ending in receiving an Accreditation Decision.

Once your program is awarded Maryland Accreditation, your accreditation status is valid for five years.

During each of the first three years of accreditation, your program will submit an Annual Update near the anniversary of receiving your award.

24 months before your expiration date, your program will begin the re-accreditation process beginning with the Maryland Accreditation Orientation.

In the fourth year of accreditation, your program will not submit an Annual Update, as it will have begun re-accreditation.

Accreditation Support Funds

Support funds are available to assist your program with the expense of accreditation.


Technical Assistance

Maryland Accreditation now offers support for your program in the following ways:

  • Virtual Technical Assistance session for Program Administration (Section 1) and Home and Community Partnerships (Section 3)
  • Onsite Technical Assistance visit for Program Operation (Section 2)

To request Technical Assistance, follow the steps in the Requesting Technical Assistance tutorial.

To decline Technical Assistance, follow the steps in the Declining Technical Assistance tutorial.