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.
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
Anyone who is interested in starting a child care business in a home or center is required to take the online orientation training prior to the virtual face-to-face. This does not replace the virtual face-to-face orientation session you are required to attend for 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.
2021 Orientation Schedule
While we are teleworking all meetings, orientations, and trainings will be done online through google hangouts. If you are interested in Family Child Care please attend an online orientation and someone will contact you to schedule your virtual, face-to-face orientation. Your online orientation does not replace the virtual face-to-face. If you are interested in opening a childcare center or attending a child care center orientation through google hangouts please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 13, 2021 1:00pm-3:00pm
May 12, 2021 10:00am-1:00pm
June 23, 2021 10:30am-12:30pm
July 13, 2021 1:00pm-3:00pm
Aug 11, 2021 10:00am-1:00pm
Sept 15, 2021 10:30am-12:30pm
Oct 14, 2021 1:00pm-3:00pm
Nov 10, 2021 10:00am-1:00pm
Dec 8, 2021 10:30am-12:30pm
Virtual Face to Face Center Orientations
Please be advised you will only receive the information to attend the virtual face to face orientation once you have completed the online orientation and we have your Notice of Intent.
- May 26, 2021 10:00am-1:00pm
- July 28, 2021 10:30am-12:30pm
- Sept 14, 2021 1:00pm-3:00pm
- Nov 17, 2021 10:00am-1:00pm
*Please be advised; if schools are closed due to inclement weather these dates will be rescheduled. Please contact your specialist for new date!