Region 1 - Anne Arundel County

Contact Information:

Office of Child Care Region 1 (Anne Arundel County)
Maryland State Department of Education
49 Old Solomons Island Road
Suite 206
Annapolis, MD. 21401
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Main office phone 410-573-9522
Office e-mail
Office fax 410-573-9848

Anyone who is interested in starting a child care business in a home or center is required to take the "orientation” training. Please contact the Office of Child Care Regional Licensing Office to schedule the Orientation Training.

To prepare for your orientation session, you may wish to view the on-line orientation preview. This does not replace the orientation session you are required to attend at your regional Office of Child Care.  (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.

Woodard, Renee' D.
Regional Manager 410-573-9522
Smith, Tonya
Office Secretary III 410-573-9521
Chester, James
Licensing Supervisor 410-573-9841
Small, Krystal
Licensing Specialist 410-573-9843
Deal, Patricia
Licensing Specialist 410-573-9528
Farley, Charlene
Licensing Specialist 410-573-9527
Green, Niyka
Licensing Specialist 410-573-9526
Lipscomb, Shelia
Licensing Specialist 410-573-9524
McLellan, Carol
Licensing Specialist 410-573-9845
Ext. 113
Handley, Erin
Licensing Specialist 410-573-9844
Quible, Thea EXCEL Specialist 410-573-9523

Upcoming Events and Other Information



New applicants are required to attend an orientation session offered by the Office of Child Care (OCC) before the OCC can conduct the initial inspection of your home.  To see the schedule of the upcoming Orientation training for July through November 2018 click here.


center director's training / regulation orientation schedule


49 Old Solomons Island Road, Suite 206
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

As a new Center Director, you are required by COMAR 13A.16.06.05B (5) to attend a Director/Regulation training session within six month after being hired as the director of the facility.  Because of limited space, you must call and register to attend.  Orientations are scheduled monthly.  The upcoming orientation dates are as follows:  

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018       
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018
  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Please call the Office of Child Care at 410-573-9522 at least one to two days before the orientation date that you have registered to attend to make sure there have not been any changes or cancellations.  

NOTE:  If the Anne Arundel County public schools are closed or opening 2 hours late due to bad weather, the Orientation will not be be conducted. Please listen to the weather report before coming to Crownsville.

PLEASE PRINT OUT THE CENTER CHILD CARE REGULATIONS - COMAR 13A.16 (CENTER) OR COMAR 13A.17 (LETTER OF COMPLIANCE) AND BRING THEM WITH YOU.                                                                                                                 MSDE/divisions/childcare/regulations


To Apply for a Criminal Background Check

Effective April 15, 2012, the FBI moved to an all-electronic criminal background check (CBC) application process and is no longer accepting hard-copy fingerprint cards.  Because the Maryland Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) follows FBI guidelines, the use of hard-copy CBC applications at the State level are also being phased out as of that date. Instead, all CBC applicants are being encouraged to submit their applications electronically. However, hard-copy applications are still being accepted by CJIS if electronic submission is not possible. Click here for a list of State-approved private electronic fingerprinting services and State-operated electronic fingerprinting locations. Electronic applications may also be submitted through many State and local police agencies. Child care programs that have their own State-certified electronic fingerprinting equipment and operators may continue to submit CBC applications.  When submitting your CBC request, you must include the appropriate OCC Regional Office authorization number.  Click here for additional information about the criminal background requirements and process.

Online Licensing Inspection Results

Visit the Office of Child Care's online child care licensing inspection results site –! The site offers detailed compliance findings from child care licensing inspections conducted since January 2011. The site may also be used to find licensed child care programs and providers, and to link to a wide variety of information about early care and education in Maryland.

To File a Complaint

If you believe a particular child care program is in violation of State child care licensing laws or regulations, you may file an official complaint against that program.  To file a complaint, contact the Regional Licensing Office covering the county where the program is located. Complaints may be filed in person, or by telephone, or in writing by e-mail, fax, or letter.  Anonymous complaints are accepted, so complainants do not need to identify themselves. Each complaint is investigated by the Regional Licensing Office.  Upon completion of the investigation, a report of findings is created. This report is available upon request if the investigation confirms that the violation occurred, or if it cannot be determined whether or not the violation occurred.

Medication Administration Training for Child Care Providers

The Medication Administration Training (MAT) is a pre-service training required for individuals seeking to acquire a Child Care Center License or a Family Child Care Registration in Maryland.  MAT is provided by licensed Maryland Registered Nurses who have completed Medication Administration Trainer training and are apporved by the Nurse Consultant in the Office of Child Care's Licensing Branch.  MAT is a six (6) hour training conducted in a classroom setting with theory and practice.  A certificate is awarded upon completetion of the course in addition to passing content and skill tests.  

Need to find a MAT trainer in your area?  Click here

Registered Nurses interested in becoming a MAT Trainer? Click here

For more information about the MAT course or training, contact the Nurse Consultant at 410-767-1853

The Family Child Care Provider Grant Program

The Family Child Care Provider Grant Program (FCCPGP) exists to help registered family child care providers offset some of the costs of opening their child care programs. For information about the FCCPGP, click here.

Click here to access the Maryland Sex Offenders Registry (SOCEM), which is maintained by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. In addition to providing detailed offender information, the site carries "amber alerts" for abducted children and an information/resource section for parents and educators on preventing and combating youth gangs.

Click here for the Maryland Judiciary Case Search service, which provides free public access to the Maryland District Court and Circuit Court Case Management System. District Court criminal, civil, and traffic case records and Circuit Court criminal and civil case records are available. The amount of historical data may vary by jurisdiction.