Daycare License Requirements for Maryland

    Worker requirements

    At least 20 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent or successful completion of courses for credit from accredited college or university; and 6 semester hours or 90 clock hours of approved training or CDA and either 1 year supervised work experience in group program for preschoolers or as a registered family child care provider, or 1 year of college or equivalent combination of college and experience; or at least 19 years old and hold AA degree in early childhood education or recreation. Persons approved or certified by State Department of Education as teacher for grades nursery through third grade are also considered qualified as senior staff.

    Provider / Child Ratio

    Age Range Ratio For Center-based Care
    Young toddlers(1:3)
    2 years(1:6)
    School age(1:15)
    Mixed age groupvaries by ages


    Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
    All ages(1:8)[no more than 2 children under age 2]


    Maryland Department of Human Resources

    Child Care Administration
    311 W. Saratoga Street, 1st Floor
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    Phone: 410-767-7805
    Hotline: 800-332-6347
    Fax: 410-333-8699
    Web site:


    Family care center regulations

    Child care center regulations

    Maryland Child Care Associations:

    Maryland State Child Care Association – MSCCA

    Maryland State Family Child Care Association – MSFCCA

    Montgomery Child Care Association – MCCA

    Maryland Child Care Providers Association – MCCPAI

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