A Guide to Finding Quality Child Care

Need help finding quality licensed child care for your child? Here are some invaluable resources for finding regulated child care programs in the state of Maryland.

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.

Parent's Guide to Howard County - 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 - 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.

 

Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Early Care and Education - 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.

 

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

 
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