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 410-305-9890
Office e-mail
Office fax 410-573-9848
Farley, Charlene
Regional Manager 410-305-9890
Smith, Tonya
Office Secretary III 410-618-5113
Hewitt, Erin 
Licensing Supervisor 410-316-6123
Cahlink- Seidler, Nancy
Licensing Specialist 410-305-9390
White, Christine
Licensing Specialist 301-450-1232
Gardner, Joy 
Licensing Specialist 667-406-0179
Green, Nikya
Licensing Specialist 667-406-0177
Brown, Racheal
Licensing Specialist 667-406-0158
Justice, Katherine
Licensing Specialist 410-656-1511
Hollenczer, Dawn
Licensing Specialist 410-297-0801
Smith, Ebonie
Licensing Specialist 410-305-9337
Paige, Rhonda
EXCELS Specialist 410-573-9523

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.

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. You may take the appropriate virtual informative online orientation at:

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.

Upcoming Events and Other Information

As a new applicant, you are required to attend an orientation session offered by the MSDE Office of Child Care (OCC). ALL orientation(s) will be held at the Severn Public Library

Severn Public Library

2624 Annapolis Road
Severn, MD 21144
12:00pm – 4:00pm

Family Child Care Orientation:

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2024
  • Wednesday, May, 8 2024
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2024
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2024
  • Wednesday, September 18, 2024
  • Wednesday, October 9, 2024
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2024

*Mask is required, must be on entering the building.


Please contact the OCC at 410-573-9522 Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm to register for the Family Child Care orientation.  You must stay the required time of the orientation. You will be able to ask questions at the end of the orientation session. You may also visit the MSDE website at

Center/ Large Child Care Orientation:

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2024
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2024
  • Friday, May 17, 2024
  • Wednesday, August 14, 2024
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2024
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2024

*Mask is required, must be on entering the building.

Please contact the OCC at 410-573-9522 Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm to register for the center/ Large CC orientation.  You must stay the required time of the orientation. You will be able to ask questions at the end of the orientation session.  You may also visit the MSDE website at

As a new Center Director, this training is required by COMAR 13A.16.01-.19 for any Director hired after January 1, 2009.  It must be taken within 6 months of the hire date. Directors who would like a "refresher" session may also attend.

Director’s Training Orientation:

  • Friday, March 29, 2024
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2024
  • Wednesday, October 23,2024
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2024

*Mask is required, must be on entering the building.

 Please contact the OCC at (410)573-9522 Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm to register for the upcoming orientation in which you would like to attend. You will be able to ask questions at the end of the orientation(s) session. You may also visit the MSDE website at

NOTE: If Anne Arundel County public schools are closed or opening 2 hours late due to bad weather the orientation will not be conducted. Please listen to weather reports before coming to Annapolis. You may bring a bag lunch and/or snacks.


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.