Our Legislative Committee focuses on the activities of the Maryland General Assembly and the Maryland Congressional delegation. The focus is on ensuring that the laws governing child care and financing of programs for children and child care providers enable our members to participate fully without unnecessary obstacles to the daily operations of their centers. MSCCA’s Executive Director is also a professional lobbyist and assists the Board and the Legislative Committee in achieving this objective. During the annual sessions of the Maryland General Assembly, members receive updates and alerts on legislation and issues affecting their businesses.
Our Regulatory Committee works closely with the Maryland State Child Care Administration to ensure that regulations and their application to our members are based on a “real world” approach to providing quality child care and early learning. We seek to maintain access and a cooperative relationship with the Maryland State Department of Education/Office of Child Care, while fighting for the least restrictive regulatory environment consistent with the quality programs for children that our members embrace.
Membership in the Legislative and Regulatory Committees are open to owners and staff of member centers, associate member businesses, and individuals.
Our members Individual Initiative: Legislators like to hear from their constituents on a variety of issues; however, our main goal is to make your voice heard on specific issues relating to the operation of professional child care centers in Maryland – but, you shouldn’t limit your contact. Whenever an opportunity arises to contact your elected official with information concerning an issue of interest to you, you should make the contact via the telephone, letter or an Email note. Work to make yourself a resource to your legislator on issues throughout the legislative session. If you try to become a resource – before you need their ear and assistance on an issue of importance to the child care community – you can have a far greater impact.
Make an appointment to meet in their district office;
Call the office to schedule a visit during session in Annapolis and plan your visit;
Send a letter outlining your position on a bill; make sure you share your role as a child care advocate;
Attend events scheduled by the MSCCA and our allies during the session;
And remember, after you speak with your elected official, no matter how brief the conversation, be certain to follow-up with a thank you ‘note’ that recaps your conversation and the key points you wanted to make. Be sure to include your address, telephone number (or email) for easy reference in the future.
Remember, there is a protocol to follow when addressing a letter/note to an elected official, and using the correct salutation will improve the credibility of your contact!