Region 11 - North Central Office (Cecil and Harford Counties)

In response to the Governor's recent mandate for state employees to telework, the Office of Child Care (OCC) will be open to the public by appointment only, beginning March 16, 2020 until further notice.

Contact Information: 

Office of Child Care Region 11 (Cecil and Harford Counties)
Maryland State Department of Education
3105 1A/B Emmorton Road
Abingdon, MD 21009
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Main office phone 410-569-2879
​Toll free 1-800-343-0955
Office e-mail
Office fax 410-569-8658

Anyone who is interested in starting a child care business in a home or center is required to take the face-to-face 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 face-to-face 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.

O'Connor, Beth 
Regional Manager 410-569-8065
Fortune, Alexandria
Office Secretary 410-569-2879
Perry, Denise
Licensing Specialist 410-569-8467
Johnson, Betty
Licensing Specialist 410-569-2653
Johnson, Christine
Licensing Specialist 410-569-2385
Miller, Nancy
Licensing Specialist 410-569-2374
Quarterman, Latasha
Licensing Specialist 410-569-8673 
Urban, Sarah
Licensing Specialist 410-569-8673

Dear Providers,

We will be having a listening sessions for Family Child Care and Child Care Centers

We encourage your participation. We anticipate a number of providers to join us for this session. As a result, we are asking you to please be considerate and mute your device or telephone during the presentation. We understand there will be a lot of questions, so time will be provided at the end. It is important to note that this session will be recorded.

Please join us by using the information provided below.

Family Listening Sessions: 

Wednesday, September 9: 1pm-2pm 

Join online:
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Wednesday, October 7: 1pm-2pm 

Join online:
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Wednesday, November 4: 1pm-2pm 

Join online:
Join by phone: ‪(US) +1 252-499-2083‬ PIN: ‪689 666 904‬#

Wednesday, December 2: 1pm-2pm 

Join online:
Join by phone: ‪(US) +1 530-395-0763‬ PIN: ‪588 931 241‬#

Center Listening Sessions: 

Wednesday, August 19:1pm-2pm 

Join online:
Join by phone: ‪(US) +1 662-450-4194‬ PIN: ‪583 103 156‬#

Wednesday, September 30: 1pm-2pm 

Join online:
Join by phone: ‪(US) +1 929-900-1508‬ PIN: ‪609 144 842‬#

Wednesday, October 28: 1pm-2pm 

Join online:
Join by phone: ‪(US) +1 254-826-9776‬ PIN: ‪196 294 351‬#

2020 Orientation Schedule

While we are teleworking all meetings, orientations, and trainings will be done online through google hangouts. If you are interested in attending one of our online orientations through google hangouts please email If you are interested in opening a child care center or attending a child care center orientation through google hangouts please email Please disregard all locations listed below until further notice. 

Family Provider Orientation

Tuesday, 9/15/2020, 10:30-12:30
Join by phone: ‪(US) +1 636-789-8015‬ PIN: ‪328 087 918‬#

Monday, 10/19/2020, 10:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.
Join by phone: ‪(US) +1 318-536-1056‬ PIN: ‪547 986 873‬#

Monday, 11/16/2020, 10:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.
Join by phone: ‪(US) +1 508-271-7693‬ PIN: ‪156 171 477‬#

Tuesday, 12/15/2020, 10:30-12:30
Join by phone: ‪(US) +1 608-856-4491‬ PIN: ‪153 651 976‬#

Cecil County Family Provider Orientation
Wednesday, 8/19/2020, 10:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.
Cecil County Administration Building
Perryville Room
200 Chesapeake Blvd., Suite 2100
Elkton, MD 21921

Harford County Family Provider Orientation
Friday, 9/18/2020, 10:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.
MSDE Office of Child Care
3105 Emmorton Road, Suite 1A/B
Abingdon, MD 21009

Cecil County Family Provider Orientation
Monday, 10/5/2020, 10:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.
Cecil County Administration Building
Perryville Room 
200 Chesapeake Blvd., Suite 2100
Elkton, MD 21921

New Directors Training 

Thursday, 10/15/2020, 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m.
Join by phone: ‪(US) +1 563-503-5190‬ PIN: ‪329 495 626‬#

Harford County Family Provider Roundtable 

Wednesday, 10/21/2020, 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.
Harford County Public Library
100 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
Bel Air, MD 21015

Cecil County Family Roundtable 

Tuesday, 11/3/2020, 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.
Cecil County Administration Building
Perryville Room 
200 Chesapeake Blvd., Suite 2100
Elkton, MD 21921


*Please be advised; if schools are closed due to inclement weather these dates will be rescheduled. Please contact your specialist for new date!

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.