- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Divisions
  Overview
  Academic Policy & Innovation
  Accountability, Assessment, and Data Systems
  Career and College Readiness
  Communications, Partnerships, and Grants
  Curriculum, Assessment & Accountability
  Educator Effectiveness
  Early Childhood Development
     Overview
     Office of Child Care
     Licensing
     Collaboration and Program Improvement
     Child Care Subsidy Program
     Regulations
     Early Learning Branch
     School Readiness
     Announcements
     Maryland EXCELS Branch
     Research Advisory Group
     RTT - Early Learning Challenge Grant
  Finance
  Information Technology
  Library Services
  Office of the State Superintendent
  Rehabilitation Services
  Special Education and Early Intervention
  Student, Family, and School Support
Divisions
Divisions > Early Childhood Development > Credentialing Branch
Credentialing Branch

Girl toddler carrying a big world globe

NOTE:  Maryland State government offices will be closed on the following Service Reduction Days:

·          Wednesday, January 1, 2014

·          Monday, January 20, 2014

·          Monday, February 17, 2014

·          Friday, May 23, 2014

·          Monday, May 26, 2014

·          Friday, July 4, 2014

·          Monday, September 1, 2014

·          Monday, October 13, 2014

·          Tuesday, November 11, 2014

·          Thursday, November 27, 2014

·          Friday, November 28, 2014

·          Thursday, December 25, 2014

Please understand that these Service Reduction Days will affect service delivery.  Processing of Child Care Subsidy applications and payments will be delayed, as well as Credentialing and Licensing determinations.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.



The DECD/OCC Credentialing Branch is responsible for the Maryland Child Care Credential Program, Early Childhood Accreditation Project, Training Vouchers/Reimbursement, Accreditation Support Awards, Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund, and Training Approvals.

The Credentialing Branch's goals are to ensure that:

  • Child care providers have access to quality training opportunities; and
  • Child care providers and facilities are recognized for achieving quality improvements.

The Maryland Child Care Credential Program is a voluntary program that recognizes child care providers who go beyond the requirements of State licensing and registration regulations. There are six credential levels, each one recognizing a child care provider’s achievement of a specified number of training clock hours, experience and professional activities important for providing quality child care programs. Participating providers are required to complete training in six Core of Knowledge areas that will help them develop the knowledge and skills to provide the best possible care for the children and families they serve.  The Maryland Child Care Credential Program is regulated under COMAR 13A.14.09.

Early Childhood Accreditation Project
Early childhood education programs are intended to bestow immediate and long-term benefits to young children.  Research suggests that only programs that are of a high quality result in long-term benefits.  An effective way for a program to reach standards of high quality is to undergo a process of State or national accreditation.  The Credentialing Branch helps coordinate the accreditation application process for early care and education programs and provides support and technical assistance to programs considering the accreditation process. 

Program Incentives are available to registered and licensed child care facilities based on their participation in the Maryland Child Care Credential or Tiered Reimbursement programs.

·          Training Vouchers/Reimbursements are available to providers participating in the Credentialing program at Level Two or higher. Eligibility and application requirements for vouchers and reimbursements are set forth at COMAR 13A.14.09.

·          The Accreditation Support Fund is available to any registered or licensed facility in Maryland to pay for the cost of program accreditation application fee for a national accreditation organization. Accreditation Support Fund requirements are set forth at COMAR 13A.14.10.


Child Care Training Approval falls into three major categories, Pre-service Training, Core of Knowledge training and Continued Training. The Office of Credentialing is responsible for approving individuals and organizations to offer training to Maryland’s child care provider community. The Office also approves coursework to be used toward meeting the requirements of the Maryland Child Care Credential and child care registration and licensing regulations.  Child care training approval requirements are regulated under COMAR 13A.14.08.

To maintain consistency in providing information to the child care community on credentialing programs, trainers are encouraged to use the Credentialing Program PowerPoint presentation.   Click HERE to view the presentation.

The Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund (CCCPDF)

For child care providers and staff who are participating in the Credentialing Program, funding is available through the CCCPDF to pursue a college degree in early childhood education, education for children, child development, family studies, or related disciplines.  The CCCPDF is regulated under COMAR 13A.14.09.08.


Have questions or need more information about Credentialing Branch programs?  Contact us:
by e-mail:  credential@msde.state.md.us
by phone:  1-877-605-1539

 Credentialing Branch
MD Child Care Credential Program
Child Care Training Approval
CCCPDF
Accreditation
Accreditation Support Fund
Training Vouchers and Reimbursement
 Division of Early Childhood Development (DECD)
DECD Home Page
Office of Child Care
Licensing Branch
Child Care Subsidy Branch (formerly POC Program)
Maryland EXCELS Branch
Early Learning Branch
Collaboration and Program Improvement Branch
 Topic Portals
Announcements
Strategic Planning
Publications and Reports
School Readiness
Child Health and Safety
Community Resources
Grant Funding Opportunities
Early Care and Education Program Lists
Helpful Internet Links
MSDE Privacy Statement Disclaimer  | Copyright © 2003 MSDE