The Office of Child Care understands the importance of the work you do, and it wants to help produce the best providers and facilities possible for Maryland families. The Office’s Credentialing Branch oversees The Maryland Child Care Credential Program, a voluntary program that recognizes individual child care providers who go beyond the requirements of State licensing and registration regulations for training, education, and experience. The Maryland Child Care Credential Program is regulated under COMAR 13A.14.09.

The four major goals of the Credential Program are to:

  • Help develop a professional workforce qualified to provide care for young learners
  • Improve your status and compensation for caring for the next generation of Marylanders
  • Recognize your professional learning and ongoing education toward new innovations in child care and early learning
  • Give you a structure for growth

The Branch also offers program incentives to you for participating in the Credential Program. These incentives are offered to encourage you to pursue professional development or even a college degree.   


The Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund is available to providers participating in the Credential program at Level Two or higher to pursue a college degree in early childhood education, elementary education, special education or an approved related field. These requirements are regulated under COMAR 13A.14.09.08.

"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today."

-- Stacia Demler