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Divisions > Early Childhood Development > Licensing
Region 6 - Howard County
3300 N. Ridge Road, Suite 190
Ellicott City, MD 21043
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Main office phone:
  (410) 750-8771
Office e-mail:         occ6how.msde@maryland.gov (Howard Co.)
Office fax:              (410) 750-0324

Regular Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday
Valenti, Louis
Regional Manager 410-750-8779
(Vacant) Secretary 410-750-8771
McCready, Barbara
Licensing Supervisor 410-750-7940
Afework, Sharon
Licensing Specialist 410-750-8774
Woodward, Patricia
Licensing Specialist 410-750-8953
Jariwala, Payal
Licensing Specialist 410-750-8775
Ernst, Dotty
Licensing Specialist 410-750-8635
Moran, Sara
Licensing Specialist 410-750-8601

IMPORTANT NOTICE!  The FBI has moved to an all-electronic criminal background check (CBC) application process and no longer accepts 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 is also being phased out.  Instead, all CBC applicants are being encouraged to submit their applications electronically.  However, hard-copy applications will still be 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.


Visit the Office of Child Care's online child care licensing inspection results site – www.CheckCCMD.org!  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.

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.

PROVIDER TRAINING (Pre-Service and Continuing):
Please visit www.mdchildcare.org to find MSDE-approved training courses, trainers, and training organizations.

Maryland's Child Passenger Safety Law was changed effective October 1, 2012.  Under this change, every child under 8 years old must ride in an appropriate child restraint unless the child is 4 feet, 9 inches or taller.  Every child from 8 to 16 years old who is not secured in a child restraint must be secured in a vehicle seat belt.  If you would like to learn more about this law, or would like information on selecting or using child restraints, please call Maryland Kids in Safety Seats (Maryland KISS) at 410-767-6016 or go to www.mdkiss.org.

If you are interested in finding child care for your child,
please call the Maryland Family Network's (MFN's) LOCATE: Child Care service at 1-877-261-0060, or click here to access current child care program lists on our own website.

Need copies of OCC licensing forms?
here or call the Region 6 office at 410-750-8771!




Howard Co. Child Care Resource Center
(Provider Training & Child Care Referral Service)

3300 N. Ridge Rd., Suite 380, Ellicott City, MD 21043
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
Office: 410-767-7852

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
Office: 410-313-2393
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)

Contact Information
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200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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