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How the search works- Overview

Searching for Child Care outside of Maryland

Searching by Zip Code

Searching by Street

Searching by City and State

Very long wait for results from the search or no results at all

How the search works

The method the search uses to find providers depends on the information that you provide in the form. If you enter a Zip Code or a City and State the search will provide you with a random list of up to 10 providers in the Zip Code or City you entered. If you enter a street name with an address and the City and State or a Zip Code the search starts from the address you enter and then finds child care providers within the search area selected. The search will find a maximum of 10 providers. Widening the search area will increase the number of providers who may show up in the results but will not provide a list of more than 10 providers. To receive a different list of providers perform the search again.

For the search to work you must enter one of the following combinations:

1. Street Address and Zip Code

2. Street Address, City and State

3. City and State

4. Zip Code

If you enter a street name and do not enter a street number, the program will search from the geographic mid-point of the zip Code, which will usually not give the results you are looking for.

Searching Outside of Maryland

This service only searches for Child Care in the state of Maryland. If you are interested in locating Child Care Providers outside the state of Maryland, please visit the National Association Of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.

Searching by Zip Code

If you are searching only by Zip Code:

  • If you enter just the zip code, the program will provide you with a random list of up to 10 providers within that zip code. To receive a different list of providers, perform the search again.

If you are searching only by Zip Code and would like a list of providers within a specific area of the zip code:

  • Instead of searching by the Zip Code search by Street Address in the area where you want care (e.g. a store, or Address of a house somewhere nearby).

Searching by Street

If you are searching by Street and are getting strange results or cannot locate a licensed provider, try the following:

  • Enter a street number with the street name.  If you don’t know the exact street number enter another street number near where you are looking for care.  As a last resort you can make up a street number you might expect to find on the street.
    Enter the City and State along with the Street name. Without the City and State being entered the search will not be able to locate the Street.
  • Enter the name of the street but leave off the words street, road, court etc…
  • Select a larger search area in the Select Search area.  For example, instead of a half mile choose one or two miles. Widening the search area increases the chance of a provider being found if you’ve found fewer than 10 providers.
  • Change one of the other search criteria (e.g. type of provider, time dropping the children off, time picking the children up,…etc)

Searching by City and State

  • If you enter just the city and state, the program will provide you with a random list of up to 10 providers within that city. To receive a different list of providers, perform the search again.

If you are searching by City and State and would like a list of providers within a specific area of the city:

  • Instead of searching by City and State search by Street Address in the area where you want care (e.g. a store, or Address of a house somewhere nearby).

Very long wait for results from search or no result page at all

  • Select a smaller search area
  • Search again at another time.  If many people are searching at the same time or there are temporary problems with the connection the wait for the results may grow longer.

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