Welcome to the Maryland State Child Care Association

Conference By the Land or Sea Registration

In-Person or Virtual

Registration is now open for our largest professional training conference for educators. This year we will be in-person at the Clarion Hotel, Ocena City Maryland or virtual in a location of your choice.

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Breaking News!

We are now offering a Saturday-only tract for the 2021 Hybrid Conference by Land & Sea. More great information and a special guest.

Become a Exhibitor or Sponsor!

Help keep child care Maryland's most important natural resource.


MSCCA anticipates 150 participants in-person and 500 – 600 virtually at the 2021 conference. Center-based child care providers are predominantly women and are small business owners with the purchasing power for their child care program. The providers who attend our conference are focused on creating the ultimate child care environment, concentrating on safety and child development while in their care.

In-Person or Virtual Exhibitor Registration & Sponsorship

Laura Numeroff, Rain Pryor, Mr. Jon

Four days of training sessions and activities.

Located at the Clarion, Ocean City, MD COVID restrictions in place.

Thank you for your Sponsorship!

Maryland State Department of Education

Meet Our Keynote Speakers

Global-National Keynote Speaker

Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff is the New York Times bestselling author of many beloved children’s books, including the If You Give… series, which began with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (HarperCollins). Numeroff has published over 40 children’s books.

Rain Pryor

Rain Pryor is a dynamic speaker, award winning actress, singer, comedian, two time award-nominated author, and daughter of the late legendary comedian Richard Pryor. In 2005 Pryor became a Multiple Sclerosis Ambassador.

Mr. Jon

Singer/Songwriter Jon Lewis had a decade of playing shows in coffee houses, recording CD’s, and having opportunities like being on a T.V. show, being a finalists in a national song writing competition, and having international radio play from Belize to Ireland.

Jennifer Nizer

Jennifer Nizer has her Master’s in Education from Towson University. She has spent the better part of two decades being an advocate for child care programs, teachers, children and families.

Steven Hicks

Steven Hicks is the Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Early Childhood Development at the Maryland State Department of Education. The Division of Early Childhood Development is responsible for early care and education throughout the state of Maryland.

In-Person or Virtual

You choose how to participate in this year’s Maryland State Child Care Association’s Conference By The Sea. Due to COVID restrictions in-person will be limited.

Important Resources

State BoE Child Care Center Regulations

Review the 2020 State BoE Child Care Center Regulations in PDF format.


Proud Partners of NCCA, please visit link to learn more information about this organization.

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Become a Business Member

Join the MSCCA Community & Reap the Benefits!

Maryland State Department of Education

COVID-19 Information

Early Childhood Grants, Programming and Initiatives in Maryland During COVID-19 State of Emergency

MSCCA Advocates for Early Childhood during the legislative session. Keep informed on the bills and hearings we are monitoring.

Legislation and Advocacy

Stop by our new Legislation and Advocacy Corner to find out what MSCCA is doing at the governmental level for Maryland’s children.

Donate and help us continue our mission to represents the smallest citizens in our state.

News and Articles

We would like to respond in a thoughtful way to the issues in society and have worked with the Board of Directors over several weeks to expand our Vision and Mission to reflect and embrace this important philosophy statement that will inform our work and help us focus more on social justice, diversity, race and equity related to our vision and mission. We have created this as a resource document that will offer some ideas for next steps for all of us to learn and grow. We are open to more resources and feedback from our members and will continue to add to, create and share more resources as we receive them.

You can read or download the resource document by clicking on it.

COVID Information and Resources

URGENT: HELP SAVE CHILD CARE IN MARYLAND We need Child Care Providers and Programs to Advocate NOW! Go to MdElect.net to find contact info for your representatives. Use this linked PDF for your email template. Provider Template Constituent Letter (revised 2)CP-fill

MSCCA 2020 Priorities


Our Mission

The Maryland State Child Care Association (MSCCA) is the premiere professional association for licensed child care and early learning centers operating in Maryland and for associated businesses and individuals that support the mission of the Association. Our members are committed to providing the highest levels of cognitive, social/emotional, and physical development in safe and secure environments for the children entrusted to their care. We truly believe that we care for Maryland’s most important natural resource, our children. As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) trade association of child care centers, MSCCA provides professional development for the staff of member centers and educational outreach to the general public on matters related to early childhood education. MSCCA is actively engaged in the public policy arena to ensure that the laws and regulations governing our members are consistent with quality for the children and affordability for their parents and guardians. MSCCA Chapters in regions across Maryland provide our members with information, resources, and networking opportunities that are accessible on a local basis. MSCCA is the official state affiliate of the National Child Care Association. Additionally, Board members participate actively with a variety of other organizations including, Maryland Family Network (MFN), Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Governor’s Council for Children and other organizations that share our members’ commitment to high quality, affordable child care and early learning. More information about membership opportunities for MSCCA is available on our website (www.mscca.org). Interested child care centers, businesses serving the industry and individuals are encouraged to call or email the Executive Director or MSCCA Board members with any questions or for assistance. More information about membership in the MSCCA is available under the section on Membership Applications. Interested child care centers, affiliates, businesses serving the industry, and individuals are welcome to call our offices at (410) 820.9196 or (877) 820.9196, toll-free in Maryland.

How can you help LOCATE and yourself?

Do You Support Locate: Child Care Service?
Locate:  Child Care for Providers

How can you help LOCATE and yourself? LOCATE: Child Care staff depend on complete and accurate information in order to serve the needs of the parents. Providing your fee schedules allows for an accurate cost of care analysis.
Here is how you can help: • Complete the annual database questionnaire. • Let LOCATE know when there are changes in your program, such as hours and fees. • Call the Provider Support Line monthly with your vacancy information
Have you updated your LOCATE program information in the past year?  You now have two easy ways to update your record. You can enter your program information online:
Access the Family Child Care Provider Online Questionnaire here Access the Group Program Online Questionnaire here Or you can also download and print a copy of the appropriate questionnaire:
Download Family Child Care Provider Questionnaire here Download Group Program Questionnaire here After completing the questionnaire, return it to LOCATE by either: Faxing it to 410.385.0561 or, scanning the completed form and emailing it to: providerquestionnaire@marylandfamilynetwork.org or, Mailing the completed form to: LOCATE: Child Care 1001 Eastern Avenue, 2nd floor Baltimore, MD 21202
The Locate Provider Support Line is also available to you.

You may call 1-866-752-1614 to report information on your child care program, such as vacancies, fee changes, and other record updates.
Additional resources for providers can be found here. Download the Locate: Child Care Brochure for Providers
Locate: Child Care for Parents 

Selecting child care is one of the most important decisions a family will ever make. Take the time to make the right choice—the first five years last forever.
Maryland Family Network’s LOCATE: Child Care is a free, referral service with detailed information on all regulated child care in Maryland.   Our trained referral specialists will help you identify care based on your personal preferences including program type, location and cost. Reliable child care is just a phone call away.
A trained LOCATE: Child Care Referral Specialist is ready to help you select the best child care option for your family. (Toll-Free) 877.261.0060.   Read more here about the many services offered to parents by Locate: Child Care.  Download the Locate: Child Care Brochure for Parents

Contact FloJean Speck at LOCATE: Child Care at fspeck@marylandfamilynetwork.org should you need assistance.

Donate to MSCCA
The Maryland State Child Care Association is a 501 (c)(3) Charitable Organization EIN 52-1398476
Jennifer Nizer Grant

Thank you to our Business Members for your continued support throughout the year!

The Maryland State Child Care Association does not endorse any commercial product, process, child care facility or enterprise, by trade name, service mark, manufacturer, provider with current membership in the MSCCA, or otherwise. Links to other websites and reference to any commercial product or enterprise are provided solely for your convenience, and do not constitute or imply MSCCA endorsement, recommendation or exclusive approval thereof. Accordingly, MSCCA does not endorse or assume responsibility for the content provided by any third-party website to which we are linked. The MSCCA website may contain links to website operated by third parties (“Facebook”, “Twitter”). MSCCA does not have any control over Third-Party Websites, each of which may be governed by its own terms of service and privacy policy. MSCCA does not warrant or endorse your use of any Third-Party Website or the content appearing thereon. By visiting or using the Third-Party Websites available through the MSCCA website you assume all responsibility and liability for all resulting harms, whether to You or to any third party, including without limitation as resulting from Your downloading or use of any content, software of other materials available therefrom.

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