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The MSDE Early Childhood Accreditation Resource

Please Note: MSDE does not accredit Family Child Care Providers.



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Are you: Interested in pursuing MSDE Accreditation?

Then you are in the right place.

Maryland Accreditation has just launched the new Online Maryland Accreditation Portal, part of the broader Maryland EXCELS System. If you are new to Maryland Accreditation, click the Sign Up button to be redirected to the new system. There, you will register for an account that will allow you to participate in your choice of Maryland Accreditation, Maryland EXCELS, or both.
If you have already created an account here in the Online Accreditation Registration System (OARS), you may be eligible to continue in this system until you receive your next decision. Download the “What System Do I Use?" chart to see which system you should use. If you are in OARS and wish to migrate to the next system before your Decision, send us a message by clicking here.
To get started in the new system, download the helpful Online Maryland Accreditation Process Guide.

Remember to download a copy of the Guide to Accreditation!!!!

Click Sign Up on the left pane to create a free Maryland Accreditation account.

Are you a family child care provider interested in accreditation for your child care home?  The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) sponsors the only nationally recognized accreditation system designed specifically for family child care providers.  Visit the NAFCC website for more information on accreditation for family child care: http://nafcc.org/

While MSDE does not provide state accreditation for family child care, there is Accreditation Support funding available for family child care providers to help pay the cost of the accreditation application fee. The funding may be applied to the initial or renewal application fees.  Follow the link below for more information:


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