Region 8 - Upper Shore Office (Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot Counties)

Contact Information:

Office of Child Care Region 8 (Upper Shore Office)
Maryland State Department of Education
301 Bay Street, Suite 305
Easton, MD. 21601

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Main office phone 410-819-5801
Office e-mail
Office fax 410-819-5805
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.




Kepler-Klunk, Sandy
Regional Manager 410-819-5801
Gross, Julia
Licensing Specialist 410-819-5801
Bruns, Abby
Licensing Specialist 410-819-5801
Hill, Beth
Licensing Specialist 410-819-5801
Willis, Cheryl
Licensing Specialist 410-819-5801

Region 8 - Upcoming Events and Other Information

2023 Family Child Care Orientations

  • February 9, 2023    10am- 12pm
  • April 6, 2023            10am - 12 pm
  • June 8, 2023              10 am - 12 pm
  • August 10, 2023        10am- 12pm
  • October 12, 2023         10am - 12pm
  • December 7, 2023      10 am- 12 pm

2022 Family Child Care Regulation Review

  • May 12, 2022                 6pm-8 pm
  • September 15, 2022   6pm -8pm

2022 Child Care Center Roundtables

  • March 17, 2022          6-8pm
  • September 15, 2022  6-8pm

2022 Family Child Care Roundtables

  • June 9, 2022              6-8 pm
  • December 8, 2022     6-8 pm

Child Care Center Orientations

  • Call office for scheduling

Location: Chesapeake College

Must call office to register. Dates and times subject to change based on College schedule.

Provider Training (Pre-Service and Continuing)

Please contact the Regional Office of Child Care - Upper Shore 410-819-5801


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.