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What is Maryland Accreditation?

Are you a program committed to demonstrating continuous quality improvement? Are you dedicated to providing services that benefit children, families, and staff?

Maryland Accreditation is a way for licensed child care centers and public prekindergarten programs to demonstrate their commitment to providing high-quality learning environments through the process of demonstrating and verifying program effectiveness and continuous improvement using a research-based measurement tool.

Programs participate voluntarily in Maryland Accreditation. The process of achieving Maryland Accreditation includes self-appraisals, optional remote technical assistance from Maryland EXCELS Quality Assurance Specialists, validation visits, and continuous quality improvement.

Are you interested in learning about Maryland Accreditation?

View these two videos to meet Nicole Johnson, Maryland State Department of Education’s Accreditation Specialist and learn about the process and support that is available to you and your school/program.

Welcome to Maryland Accreditation

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Maryland Accreditation Process and Supporting Programs through Maryland Accreditation

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Maryland Accreditation:

  • Develops standards that define quality policies and practices in program administration, program operation, and home and community partnerships
  • Provides technical assistance so programs can identify which areas need improvement to enhance the program’s quality and ability to meet Maryland Accreditation Standards
  • Accredits licensed child care centers and public prekindergarten programs
  • Assists child care centers with the cost of materials associated with pursuing Maryland Accreditation. This assistance is available from the Accreditation Support Fund.

Find out how to participate in the accreditation process, beginning with a required Maryland Accreditation Orientation.

Open the Maryland Accreditation Process Chart to download and print.

Maryland Accreditation Process Chart

What do the Standards include?

  • The Program Administration and Home and Community Partnership sections identify best practices for program policies and practices in areas such as philosophy, personnel, and community partnerships. These sections focus on documentation that programs upload to the online System.
  • The Program Operation section focuses on high-quality practices observed in the program. This section includes the learning environment, curriculum implementation, and teacher-child interactions.

Technical Assistance:

Optional, remote technical assistance is being provided by Maryland EXCELS Quality Assurance Specialists. This replaces Program Improvement Visits. Interested in remote technical assistance? Learn more with these tutorials: Requesting Optional Technical Assistance and Declining Optional Technical Assistance.