Maryland Child Care Credential Program

The Maryland Child Care Credential Program, which began in 2001, is a voluntary program and a pathway to professional development that recognizes child care providers who go beyond the requirements of State licensing and registration regulations. There are six staff credential levels and four administrator credential levels, each one recognizing a child care provider’s achievement of specified training hours, experience and professional activities important for providing quality child care.

The goals of the Maryland Credential Program are to:

  • Produce a well-qualified workforce;
  • Increase the overall quality of child care programs;
  • Improve the status of and increase compensation for child care providers;
  • Recognize for-credit and non-credit career preparation; and
  • Provide a structure for professional growth through professional competencies.

The Maryland Credential Program provides financial incentives to participating providers through bonuses, training vouchers, and reimbursement.