State-funded Child Care for Essential Personnel ONLY
Effective at close of business on March 27, all child care programs are to be closed except those programs which have been established by the State to serve only designated essential personnel.
Child care programs established by the State are at no cost to designated essential personnel only when:
1. The child care program has received prior approval for this service; and
2. The parent has completed an application for such services and submitted it to the program they will use with documentation of their essential status (photo ID, etc.).
Children attending the State-funded child care programs will be kept an appropriate distance from each other with ratios of a minimum of one teacher and nine children (1:9) for school-age and smaller class sizes for younger children.
Parents are strongly urged to keep children at home as the first and best option to protect them from the virus.
A list of child care sites approved by MSDE can be found at the links below. These lists are updated daily. For for the most up to the minute information visit MSDE’s Approved Emergency Personnel Child Care list. For the required forms to register your child for care and for the the latest information about child care in Maryland during the COVID-19 pandemic visit MSDE’s Division of Early Learning. Additional information about child care for parents of preschool age can be found on MFN’s LOCATE: Child Care page.
EPSA = Essential Personnel School Age children