See the presentation from Jennifer Nizer, Director of the Office of Child Care, MSDE on the latest happenings in the Office of Child Care.

Advocacy/Legislation

We strive to keep you informed of the latest happenings in Annapolis impacting Early Childhood Education.

Legislative Corner

  1. Maryland General Assembly
  2. House Bill Companion
  3. Analysis of the FY 2020 Maryland Executive Budget
  4. MSDE Budget Data
  5. Maryland State Department of Education Response to the Analyst’s Review and Recommendations
  6. Observations and Recommendations to the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education – Kirwan Commission
  7. Working Group Draft
  8. Funding Priorities
  9. Kirwin Presentation to Committees
  10. Time To Care Act 2019 – Summary
  11. Maryland Register – February 15, 2019
Number / Chapter
(Cross File / Chapter)
Total: 6
Title Primary Sponsor Status Original House Committee(s) and
Hearing Dates
Opposite House Committee(s) and
Hearing Dates
HB0046
(SB0089)
Small Business Relief Tax Credit – Expansion Speaker First Reading Ways and Means Ways and Means  
HB0100
(SB0125)
Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2020) Speaker First Reading Appropriations Appropriations  
HB0127
(SB0036)
Health Insurance – Health Benefit Plans – Special Enrollment Period for Pregnancy Delegate Kelly First Reading Health and Government Operations Health and Government Operations  
SB0036
(HB0127)
Health Insurance – Health Benefit Plans – Special Enrollment Period for Pregnancy Senator Lam First Reading Finance Finance  
SB0089
(HB0046)
Small Business Relief Tax Credit – Expansion President Hearing 1/30 at 2:00 p.m. Budget and Taxation
1/30/2019 – 2:00 p.m.
 
SB0125
(HB0100)
Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2020) President First Reading Budget and Taxation Budget and Taxation  

 

Number / Chapter
(Cross File / Chapter)
Total: 1
Title Primary Sponsor Status Original House Committee(s) and
Hearing Dates
Opposite House Committee(s) and
Hearing Dates
SB0024 Family Law – Kinship Caregivers Chair, Judicial Proceedings Committee Hearing 1/22 at 1:00 p.m. Judicial Proceedings
1/22/2019 – 1:00 p.m.
 
HB0142 Family Law – Opioid-Exposed Newborns and Parents Addicted to Opioids – Mobile Application (I’m Alive Today App) Delegate McKay First Reading Health and Government Operations Health and Government Operations  

 

Historic Day in Annapolis

An historic day in Annapolis as the House Democratic Caucus chose Adrienne Jones from Baltimore County as their choice to serve as Speaker. It was a contentious race that began with Del. Jones, Del. Dereck Davis and Del. Maggie McIntosh. Jones withdrew her name from...

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We Need to Make Kindergarten Engaging Again

Please read the important article linked here, shared by MSCCA Board Member Ruthie Claytor and MSCCA Anne Arundel Chapter President that sheds light on the issues with many kindergarten classrooms and how policy makers and public institutions with little knowledge of...

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The 2018-2019 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Report

The traditional greeting of the Maasai people, one of the most accomplished and fabled tribes of Africa, is “And how are the children?” It acknowledges the high value that the Maasai place on their children’s well-being. They hold that no matter the daily struggles we...

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News and Articles


Welcome to the Maryland State Child Care Association!

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.

NCCA

Proud Partners

MSDE Training Voucher Reimbursement Instructions: Your application for post-conference training reimbursement must be submitted within 180 days following Conference by the Sea 2019. Eligible applicants must hold a current Maryland Child Care Credential of Level Two or higher.

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