State and National accreditation demonstrates that licensed child care centers and registered family child care homes strive to achieve and maintain a level of quality identified through a rigorous process of self-assessment and program improvement based on quality program standards issued by the accrediting organization. Maryland provides the Accreditation Support Fund to assist both licensed child care centers and registered family child care providers with the cost of pursuing accreditation.
The Accreditation Support Fund — National Accreditation assists licensed child care centers and registered family child care providers with required accreditation fees.
- Initial application
- Renewal application
- Annual update
The Accreditation Support Fund – Maryland Accreditation assists licensed child care centers with the cost of instructional materials associated with pursuing Maryland Accreditation.
Accreditation Support Funds cannot be used for:
- Facility improvement
- Association membership fee
- Staff training
- Costs that are paid for through another funding source
- Costs greater than the fee charged by the accreditation organization
Maryland Accreditation Orientation Schedule
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Maryland Accreditation Orientation Schedule (PDF)
Applications and Resources
To submit an application for National Accreditation Support or Maryland Accreditation Support: Visit https://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/child-care-providers/maryland-excels/maryland-accreditation/accreditation-support-fund and scroll down below “Applications and Resources,” and select the application you need.
Infant and Toddlers Classroom Learning Materials Checklist (Writeable XLS)
Preschool & School-Age Classroom Learning Materials Checklist (Writeable XLS)
Accreditation Support Fund Regulations (COMAR 13A.14.10) (Opens in a new tab)
Tip: Completed applications and all documentation must be mailed to the address listed on the application.