Starting and operating a child care center
Sixty six percent of Maryland mothers with children under age six are in the workforce. Eighty percent of mothers with children ages six to 17 are in the state-wide workforce. With a majority of mothers working outside the home, reliable and safe child care is an urgent need for many families — especially infant care and before- and after-school care for older children.
Through the Maryland Child Care Resource Network, Maryland Family Network offers technical assistance to individuals and other organizations that are interested in starting child care programs in their communities and to providers who currently care for children in an existing center. We help providers understand the necessary requirements for opening a child care program and highlight the regulations and other important rules needed to run high-quality programs. Resources for learning more about opening and operating a child care center are below. For additional information and assistance, please contact your local Child Care Resource Center.
Resources for Starting a Child Care Center
The links below refer to resources for those who are interesting in becoming a child care provider. For additional information or assistance, please contact your local Child Care Resource Center.
- Center Start-up Budget
- Center Start-up Checklist
- Child Care Subsidy Program
- Child Care Terms
- Equipment List
- Food Program for Centers
- Marketing Plan
- Planning an Effective Media Campaign
- Press Kits Handout
- Provider Association List
- Needs Assessment
- Resources for Additional Technical Assistance
- Supply Catalogs