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A Guide to Finding Licensed Child Care

 Looking for child care resources 

LOCATE: Child Care Resource and Referral 

A free, personalized resource and referral counseling service designed to help parents choose a quality child care program that meets their needs.


Child Care Resources in Howard County 

Helpful resources that will assist you in finding licensed child care in Howard County.


Parent's Guide to Howard County 

View the 2015 Parent's Guide to Howard County to find a wealth of additional resources for parents, including a comprehensive listing of child care and preschool programs. Howard County Government and/or any of its employees and/or agents neither endorse nor recommend any service or agency listed in this guide. Screening of these services and/or agencies is the SOLE responsibility of the user of any of these services/agencies. 


Maryland Child Care Mapping Tool 

The Maryland Child Care Mapping Tool is an online GIS application developed primarily to help parents in need of child care services locate services in relation to their homes or to local public schools. The user can set a search radius, select the type and schedule of care desired, and filter the results according to providers’ quality rating levels. Search results display as “pins” on a map and can be printed out as text with or without the display map. Visit http://geodata.md.gov/mdcc/ to access the Maryland Child Care Mapping Tool.


Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Early Care and Education Program Lists 

Visit MSDE's website to view current lists of early care and education programs in Maryland that are licensed or approved by the Division of Early Childhood Development (DECD) or accredited by State, regional, or national accreditation organizations. These lists are updated at least monthly.


For more information, call 410-313-1940 or email children@howardcountymd.gov.