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What is Maryland EXCELS?

“Commit to quality care and education by participating in Maryland EXCELS. Together, we can provide a better future for Maryland’s children.”

Maryland EXCELS is the state’s quality rating and improvement system for licensed child care and early education programs that meet nationally recognized quality standards.

Maryland EXCELS promotes quality by awarding ratings to Child Care Centers, School-Age Child Care Programs, Family Child Care Homes, and Public Prekindergarten programs. These ratings are available to families as a way to help them make informed choices in the care of their children.

Programs earn quality ratings that form a pathway to excellence. A rating of ‘1’ is awarded to providers and programs that successfully meet initial requirements, while a rating of ‘5’ is awarded to those that have achieved the highest level of quality.

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Quality rated programs demonstrate competence in the following areas:

  1. Staffing and Professional Development
  2. Accreditation and Program Improvement
  3. Developmentally Appropriate Practice
  4. Compliance with Child Care Licensing Regulations
  5. Administrative Policies and Practices

Programs with a quality rating of 5 meet the highest standards in Maryland EXCELS and are state or nationally accredited.

Find Maryland EXCELS quality rated programs with the Find a Program tool.

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