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Chapter 2: Child Care


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Choosing child care may be one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Finding affordable, quality care that will meet your needs can be a difficult task but many resources are available to help you. There are a variety of child care options, including regulated center or home care, informal care, camps, before and after school care, nannies, au pairs, etc. The right option depends on you and your child’s needs. The time and effort it takes to find quality care for your child will be worth it.




Child Care Links: Child Care Resource and Referral Center of Baltimore County
1101 North Point Boulevard, Suite 112
Baltimore, Maryland 21224
410-288-4900 General Information
LOCATE Child Care (Referrals to child care: Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
The child care resource center for Baltimore County. Facilitates efforts to enhance the quality of child care in Baltimore County. Offers technical assistance and training to future and current child care providers.


Baltimore County Department of Social Services - Child Care Subsidy (Purchase of Care)
6401 York Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
Invites applications from any limited income parent or custodial adult who needs financial assistance to help pay for child care at a licensed day care center, registered family day care home or by a relative of the child. Call to find out if you are eligible for the state sponsored subsidy program.


Baltimore County Family Child Care Association
8974 Whitetail Court
Perry Hall, Maryland 21128
Supports family home child care providers in Baltimore County. Provides to parents in Baltimore County a free child care referral service to their member organizations. Makes available to registered family child care provider members, parents & other interested persons in Baltimore County free accredited training workshops & information relative to family child care. Phone anytime for membership and meeting information.


Child Care Directors of Central Baltimore County
c/o Towson Presbyterian Kindergarten
400 West Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
Provides effective communication among the directors of preschool and child care centers. Sponsors educational opportunities, workshops and seminars for members and their faculties.


Child Care Licensing Inspection Records (opens in new window)
from the Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care
Search for licensing inspection records of child care providers. Provides findings from routine licensing inspections conducted since mid-2007. Search by providers name, address, city and/or county. Updated monthly to include recently conducted inspections. Your computer must accept cookies.


Eastern Child Care Association
3483 Liberty Parkway
Baltimore, Maryland 21222
Directors of child care centers from Eastern section of Baltimore County meet monthly to discuss topics of concern. State-approved training is available for providers. Offers help in solving problems and keeps members current on new rules and regulations, and more.


LOCATE: Child Care
by Maryland Family Network
LOCATE: Child Care is a statewide online child care resource and referral counseling service which counsels parents about the wide variety of regulated child care available and identifies program options which match parental needs. Statewide information on child care centers, family child care providers & Maryland State Department of Education ( MSDE ) approved programs available. LOCATE services are available by phone, Monday ­ Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Maryland Family Network 
1001 Eastern Avenue , 2nd Floor

Baltimore, Maryland 21202-4325

An advocate for children and their families, they work with interested parties to develop a strong system of child care, early education and family support on local, state and national levels. Website provides information for providers and parents seeking child care. Search for statewide listing of child care providers, out-of-school ( after-school ) providers and more.


Maryland State Department of Education - Division of Early Childhood Development - Office of Child Care Region III Office
409 Washington Avenue, Suite LL8
Towson, Maryland 21204
Responsible for all child care licensing activities within Baltimore County. This agency registers family child care homes and child care centers and monitors compliance with state requirements. Investigates complaints about both registered and non-registered providers. Conducts preliminary inspections of centers and homes. Provides help and information to people getting started in day care. If you intend to apply for a license to operate a family child care operation or child care center, you or your representative must attend an orientation session held by the Regional III Office.


PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, Inc. - World of Care
7000 Tudsbury Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21244
World of Care is a day care center designed to care for 63 medically fragile children 6 weeks to 5 years who have a medical condition that requires daily nursing intervention, such as pulmonary insufficiency, I.V. therapy or ventilator dependency. Also offers on-site physical, occupational and speech therapy.


Planning Council - Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
130 West Plume Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
800-410-9774, 410-256-9774, 800-477-3993
Assists Baltimore County family child care providers in providing proper nutrition to the children in their care. Answers questions by phone and enrolls providers in a nutrition program reimbursed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


Project ACT (All Children Together)
Abilities Network
8503 LaSalle Road
Towson, Maryland 21286
410-828-7700 or 800-492-2523
Provides on-site training, consultation and support to child care providers caring for children with special needs in licensed child care settings. Offers parent training as well. Provides access to adaptive materials that can be used to help a child’s specific needs, liaison services and specifically individualized plans for children with a disability or challenging behavior.



Revised: August 14, 2013