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

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 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.

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

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

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!

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.