Region 10 - Southern Maryland Office (Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's Counties)

Contact Information:

Office of Child Care Region 10 - Southern Maryland Office (Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's Counties)
Maryland State Department of Education
41670 Courthouse Drive
P.O. Box 1709
Leonardtown, MD 20650
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Main office phone 301-475-3770
​Toll free 1-800-874-6797
Office e-mail
Office fax 301-475-4017

For Provider Training (Pre-Service and Continuing) - please click here to find MSDE-approved training courses, trainers and training organizations.

Copsey, Susan
Regional Manager 301-475-3770
Clements, Caty
Office Secretary 301-475-3770
Robertson, Joy
Licensing Supervisor 301-475-3770
Hodkiewicz, Janet
Lead Licensing Specialist 301-475-3770
Cudd, Courtney
Licensing Specialist 301-475-3770
Alpert, Julie
Licensing Specialist 301-475-3770
Walker, Janice
Licensing Specialist 301-475-3770
Holzer, Rachel
Licensing Specialist 301-475-3770
Farr, Amy
Licensing Specialist 301-475-3770
McCauley, Kim
Licensing Specialist 301-475-3770
Modlin, Stacy
Licensing Specialist 301-475-3770
Vacant Licensing Specialist 301-475-3770
Shirley, Deborah
Licensing Specialist 301-475-3770
Burch, Stacie
Quality Assurance Specialist 301-475-3770 Ext. 119

Upcoming Events and Other Information:

Licensing Orientations

To become a child care provider you first need to decide if you want to open a business in your home or if you want to create a center-based business.  Below is a definition of each type of business:

  • Family Child Care – You may provide care for up to 8 children in your home
  • Large Family Child Care – You may care for up to 12 children in your home
  • Child Care Center – You may provide care in a facility outside of your home that is zoned to be used as a child care center.  The number of children you serve is dependent upon the square footage of the building.

You may take the appropriate online orientation. Orientation

2022 Orientation Schedules

Family Child Care Orientation

  • October 12, 2022 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Charlotte Hall Library
  • November 15, 2022 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Charlotte Hall Library
  • December 5, 2022 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Charlotte Hall Library

(Future Family Child Care dates TBD – pending availability of library meeting room – can only reserve 3 months in advance.)

Child Care Center/Large Family Child Care Home/Letter of Compliance Orientation

  • October 12, 2022 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Region 10 Office
  • November 16, 2022 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Region 10 Office
  • December 14, 2022 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Region 10 Office

(Dates for 2023 are to be determined)

Center Director Regulation Review Virtual Face to Face Training

  • October 5, 2022 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Family Child Care Regulation Review

  • November 7, 2022 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Virtual - Google Meet

Center Director Regulation Review

  • April 6, 2022 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Region 10 Office
  • July 6, 2022 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Region 10 Office
  • October 5, 2022 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Region 10 Office


March 21, 2022 – “Depression and Anxiety in the Era of COVID” – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Charlotte Hall Library

June 23, 2022 – “Family Child Care Documentation Review” 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Charlotte Hall Library

Special Notice to Parents and Providers

Maryland's Child Passenger Safety Law (effective October 1, 2013) requires that children under 8 years old ride in an appropriate child restraint unless the child is 4 feet, 9 inches or taller. Every child from 8 to 16 years old who is not secured in a child restraint must be secured in a vehicle seat belt in every seating position in the vehicle.  If you would like to learn more about this law, or would like information on selecting or using child restraints, please call Maryland Kids in Safety Seats (Maryland KISS) at 1-800-370-KISS(7328) or log on to

Helpful Numbers

The Promise Resource Center
Office Line - 866-290-0040
Local Line - 301-290-0040
FAX Line - 301-290-0050

Department of Social Services
Calvert - 443-550-6900
Charles - 301-392-6400
St. Mary's - 240-895-7000

Child and Adult Care Food Program
Southern Maryland
Toll-free 1 800-477-3993 ext.5040

Family Child Care Associations
Calvert - 410-586-8009, Kristina Ganyon, President
Charles - 301-392-3481, Wendy Dingus, President 

Child Care Center Association Group

National Association for the Education of Young Children

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. 

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.