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 6 (Howard County)
Maryland State Department of Education
3300 N. Ridge Road, Suit 190
Ellicott City, MD 21043
|Main office phone||410-750-8771|
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.
Region 6 - Helpful Contact Information
Howard Co. Child Care Resource Center
(Provider Training & Child Care Referral Service)
9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
Office: 410-313-1940/ Fax: 410-313-1430
Maryland Child Care Credentialing Program
MSDE/Office of Child Care Credentialing Branch
200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Howard Co. Health Department
10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044
Office: 410-313-7500/ 410-880-5888
Howard Co. Dept. of Social Services
7121 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia, MD 21046
Main Line: 410-872-4200/ Fax: 410-872-0914
POC: x376; x385
Food Program: x295, 297, or 362
Howard Co. Office of Planning & Zoning
George Howard Building
3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Permits: 410-313-2436 or 2455
Howard Co. Family Child Care Association (HCFOCC)
P.O. Box 2154, Columbia, MD 21045
Message board: 410-776-4841
Howard Co. Department of Fire & Rescue Services
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
Maryland Dept. of Public Safety - CJIS Customer Service Center (Fingerprinting)
6776 Reisterstown Road Plaza, Suite 200,
Baltimore, MD 21215
(Mon. - Fri., 8 am - 3:30 pm, Sat., 9 am - 4 pm)
Upcoming Events and Other Information:
We will be having a listening sessions for all child care providers.
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.
Child Care Listening Sessions:
REGIONAL ONLINE ORIENTATIONS
Virtual Orientation and Regulation Review Schedule for Region 6 & 13
Anyone who is interested in starting a child care business in a home or center is required to complete an orientation training. Please email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in completing an orientation.
Include your name, phone number, which orientation you would like to attend, and the email address you would like the Google Hangout invitation to be sent to. The upcoming dates are listed below.
Family Child Care Orientations:
As a new applicant, you are required to attend an orientation session offered by the Office of Child Care (OCC) before the OCC can conduct an initial inspection of your home.
November 18, 2020 (6-9 PM) – location Google Hangouts/Meet
New Child Care Center Orientations:
As a new applicant wishing to open and operate a licensed child care center you must attend an orientation session offered by the MSDE Office of Child Care (OCC).
October 14, 2020 (10 AM - 1 PM), 2020 – location Google Hangouts/Meet
Regulation Review for Child Care Centers (Director’s Training):
As a new Center Director, you are required by COMAR 13A.16.06.05B (5) to attend a Director/Regulation training session within six month after being hired as the director of the facility.
November 4, 2020 (10 AM - 1 PM) – location Google Hangouts/Meet
Family Child Care Regulation Review:
Regulation review for currently registered Family Child Care Providers - Because of limited space you must call 410.750.8771 to register to attend. The orientations dates are as follows:
November 10, 2020 (6-9 PM) – location Google Hangouts/Meet
September - Date TBD – Family Child Care Round Table
October – Date TBD – Child Care Center Round Table
*****All dates and location are subject to change*****