Steps to Starting a Daycare Center in Maryland

If you love children and want to open a daycare center in the state of Maryland, there are specific requirements that must be met before applying for a license. The licensing process is lengthy and involves detailed paperwork, but fortunately, most people can qualify. Individuals who obtain a license are eligible to open a facility and offer early childhood care and education to children under the age of 5.

Meet the minimum age requirement. In the state of Maryland, to open a daycare center owners must be at least 20 years of age. However, the state will grant a license to 19-year-olds who have completed an Associate's degree in early childhood education.

Hold a high school diploma or successfully complete a high school equivalency test.

Complete 6 semester hours of education. Although a degree in early childhood education isn't required to start a daycare center in Maryland, the Childcare Licensing Agency requires every daycare owner to complete a minimum of 6 semester hours of early childhood education. Classes are available at local community colleges and through home study programs.

Have 1 year work experience working in a daycare setting before applying for a license. This can include employment in a childcare facility or home daycare center. However, those who obtain a degree in early childhood education can open a daycare center with no industry experience.

Contact Maryland's Childcare Licensing Agency to begin the licensing process (see Resources). The agency will appoint a representative to oversee the application process. Applicants have to complete the background check, attend an orientation, submit necessary paperwork and provide a safe environment for children.

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  • Daycare requirements vary according to state.

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