Region 12 - Frederick County Field Office

Contact Information:

Office of Child Care Region 12 (Frederick County)
Maryland State Department of Education
5303 Spectrum Drive, Suite G
Frederick, MD 21703
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Main office phone 301-696-9766
Office e-mail
Office fax 301-696-0629

 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.

Rousana Soto
Regional Manager 301-696-9766 - ext. 1
Leffson, Patricia
Licensing Specialist Supervisor 301-696-9766 - ext. 5
Huffer, Melissa
Secretary 301-696-9766 - ext. 3 
Bozarth, Rebecca
Licensing Specialist 301-660-6024
Barnes, Monica
Licensing Specialist 301-696-9766 - ext. 2
Thompson, Jennifer
Licensing Specialist 301-696-9766 - ext. 9
Chehi, Amy
Licensing Specialist 301-696-9766 - ext. 7 
Elliott, Tracey
Licensing Specialist 301-696-9766 - ext 4
Zaccaria, Sarah
Licensing Specialist 301-696-9766 - ext 6

FCPS Early Childhood Department is seeking the feedback of child care providers in Frederick County. There are many challenges facing child care providers and parents in need of care for their children. FCPS wants to hear your thoughts, ideas, and needs to help transition and provide care for families. Please use this questionnaire to share about your site. Opportunities will be available to comment on the FCPS Board of Education recommended plan for the fall. Complete the survey here.

Upcoming Events and Other Information

Face-to-face trainings are suspended until further notice.

Child Care Center Orientation
Child Care Center Orientation will be offered on the following dates from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Please call 301-696-9766 and leave a message or email to register.     

  • March 19, 2024
  • May 21, 2024
  • July 16, 2024
  • September 17, 2024
  • November 19, 2024

Director Regulation Review Training​
This training is required 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.  Please call 301-696-9766 or email to register. 

All session are from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.

  • April 23, 2024
  • July 23, 2024
  • October 22, 2024
  • January 28, 2025

Family Child Care Orientation

Family Child Care Orientation will be offered on the following dates from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please call 301-696-9766 and leave a message or email to register.   

  • March 12, 2024
  • April 9, 2024
  • May 14, 2024
  • June 11, 2024
  • July 9, 2024
  • August 13, 2024
  • September 10, 2024
  • October 8, 2024
  • November 12, 2024
  • December 10, 2024

Please contact the office at 301-696-9766 to register for the orientation.

Large Family Child Care Home Orientation - Please contact the office at 301-696-9766 to register for the orientations. All trainings will be held thru google meet invite.

Please contact the office at 301-696-9766 to register for the orientations. All trainings are located at the Frederick County Office of Child Care unless otherwise notified.


  • Dates to TBD


Other Information

For Training:  Search the Statewide Training Clearinghouse on Maryland Family Network's website:


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, by telephone, or in writing by e-mail, fax, or letter.  Anonymous complaints are accepted, so complainants do not need to identify themselves. The Regional Licensing Office investigates each complaint.  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.