Maryland’s highly rated educational system didn’t happen by accident. Behind the scenes, teams of professionals like the Maryland State Child Care Association (MSCCA) members are making sure our children are ready for Kindergarten. They do this by providing the best early care and education programs, teachers and opportunities available. The MSCCA is a local community nonprofit dedicated to ensuring our Maryland licensed child care and early learning centers have the support they need to maintain the highest standards.

Jennifer Nizer, founder and long-time President of Maryland State Child Care Association, has spent the better part of two decades being an advocate for child care programs, teachers, children and families.  With the launch of the Jennifer Nizer Passion for Excellence grant, MSCCA hopes to inspire other educators to continue Jennifer’s legacy of energetic and creative leadership and advocacy, on behalf of young children throughout Maryland.


We encourage our members to strive for excellence, but some of our best programs, teachers and caregivers lack the resources to attain their goals.  That is why MSCCA is proud to announce the Jennifer Nizer “Passion for Excellence Award”, a grants program to assist dedicated, passionate child care professionals with expenses for a variety of needs, including but not limited to: certifications, accreditation and higher education requirements.

Applying for grant? Click Here Now.


    We are fortunate to live in a community with a diverse group of generous community and business partners, like you, make our mission possible. MSCCA would like to build this educational/resource fund and we are asking our business partners to step up.

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    Winners of the 2019 Jennifer Nizer Passion for Excellence Award!

    Sprouts Child Care Center, Westminster, MD.
    Mrs. Rogers Neighborhood Learning Center, Halethorpe MD.
    Perfect Harmony Preschool, Suitland MD.
    Potomac Valley Academy Child Care/Preschool, Germantown, MD.
    Child Care of Windsor, Windsor Mill, MD.
    Berlin Education Station, Berlin, MD.
    Berry Patch Early Learning Center, Hampstead, MD.

    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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