Welcome to O.A.R.S
The MSDE Early Childhood Accreditation Resource
Please Note: MSDE does not accredit Family Child Care Providers.
Are you: a New Early Childhood Program? New to OARS? New to MSDE Accreditation?
Then you are in the right place. OARS is your one stop shop for MSDE Early Childhood Accreditation resources.
MSDE is pleased to announce the start of a new Online Accreditation Registration System (OARS). OARS allows programs interested in pursuing MSDE Accreditation to download materials, access Orientation dates, and track their progress. All programs are encouraged to create an account in OARS by clicking the Sign Up button. Creating an account in OARS does not start the Accreditation timeline for your program.
Click Sign Up on the left pane to create a FREE OARS 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: http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/divisions/child_care/credentials/accsupp