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Divisions > Early Childhood Development > Licensing
Region 7 - Western Maryland

(Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties)

Main Office (Washington County)
1075C Sherman Avenue
Hagerstown, MD 21740

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      Main office phone:
     (301) 791-4585
      Main Office e-mail:    occ7wash.msde@maryland.gov

Allegany County Field Office
3 Pershing Street
Cumberland, MD 21502

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Garrett County Field Office
14 North 8th Street
Oakland. MD 21550
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Harmon, Dolores

Regional Manager


Myers, Dee



Mitchell, Marion

Licensing Supervisor


Washington County (Main Office)
Fax: 301-777-5870

Downey, Janice

Licensing Specialist


Gipe, Dawn

Licensing Specialist


Ben Jakoby


Licensing Specialist


Wilson, Delicia

Licensing Specialist


Allegany County Field Office
Fax: 301-777-5870
Lafferty, Ruth

Lead Licensing Specialist 301-777-2091

Garrett County Field Office
(part-time only)

Fax: 301-334-5476
Mailing Address:
   14 North 8th Street
   Oakland. MD 21550

Rodeheaver, Dawna
Licensing Specialist 301-334-3426

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 log on to www.mdkiss.org.


Family Day Care - Schedule of First and Second Orientations:

Washington County:

  • 1st Orientation: Sessions presented on the 3rd Friday of the month. 2nd Orientation: Sessions presented on the
  • 2nd Friday of the month.
  • Each orientation session is held at the OCC office in Hagerstown and goes from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Allegany County:

  • 1st Orientation: Sessions presented on the 1st or 3rd Wednesday of the month (call in advance to confirm).
  • 2nd Orientation: Sessions presented as needed (call to arrange a date).
  • Each orientation session is held at the OCC office in Cumberland and goes from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Garrett County:

  • 1st Orientation: Sessions presented as needed (call to arrange a date).
  • 2nd Orientation: Sessions presented as needed (call to arrange a date).
  • Each orientation session is held at the OCC office in Oakland and goes from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Contact Information
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
 Licensing Branch
Regional Licensing Offices
Finding the Right Child Care
Parent's Guide to Regulated Care
Una Guía para Padres (en español)
Opening a Child Care Center
Opening a Family Child Care Home
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 Office of Child Care
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Child Care Subsidy Branch (formerly POC Program)
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