Child Care Center Licensing Manual

Child Care Center Licensing Manual Cover

The Child Care Center Licensing Manual (Manual) is used as a reference for Office of Child Care (OCC) licensing staff, licensed child care center operators, and for those who apply to become child care center operators. The Manual primarily provides assistance in interpreting and applying Code of Maryland Regulation (COMAR) requirements when child care facilities are inspected for compliance by licensing staff. By providing a comprehensive set of interpretive guidelines, the Manual enables child care center operators to achieve and maintain compliance, and enables licensing staff to assess operator compliance in a consistent and equitable manner.  

Chapters .01-.19 of the Child Care Center Manual, are listed below.  For your convenience, the “Title Page and Master Table of Contents” contain a Title Page, an Introduction, and Table of Contents for all chapters.  This is useful when assembling the chapters together in a notebook or other type of binder.

Title Page and Master Table of Contents

01 Scope and Definitions

02 License Application and Maintenance

03 Management and Administration

04 Operational Requirements

05 Physical Plant and Equipment

06 Staff Requirements

07 Child Protection

08 Child Supervision

09 Program Requirements

10 Safety

11 Health

12 Nutrition

13 Center for Children with Acute Illness

14 Adolescent Center

15 Drop-in Centers

16 Educational Programs in Nonpublic Nursery Schools

17 Inspections Complaints and Enforcement

18 Administrative Hearing

19 Public Access to Licensing Records