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Quality Matters:

Find the best quality care for your child.
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Participate in Maryland EXCELS

Your commitment to quality matters.
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Maryland Accreditation

The importance of choosing quality for your family.
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Meet Kacey,

the Maryland EXCELS Quality Koala.

Maryland EXCELS means quality. Child care and public school programs that participate in Maryland EXCELS are committed to providing the best possible education and care. High-quality child care and education builds stronger communities, supports family success, and improves student outcomes in school and in life.

Go About Your Day Confidently

Are you an early childhood or school-age child care program? Participate in Maryland EXCELS and join a community committed to demonstrating why quality matters every day.

Participating programs are recognized for their commitment to high-quality child care and early education. Quality ratings are available to families to help them make informed choices in the care and education of their children.

Become a Maryland EXCELS participant

Quality programs go above and beyond basic licensing requirements.

Quality care and early education are critical to children’s healthy development and success in school, and we want to help every family have access to programs that are committed to meeting high standards.

Use Maryland EXCELS to take the first step towards choosing high quality child care and early education.

Families Choose Quality