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Recruitment #22-000896-0001


The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success in the 21st century. With excellent stewardship from our divisions, we oversee State and federal programs that support the needs of a diverse population – students, teachers, principals, and other educators throughout Maryland.


State of Maryland Salary Grade 17


The internal promotional opportunities are for the following locations:

Office of Child Care Region 5 (Montgomery County)
51 Monroe Place, Suite 200
Rockville, MD 20850

Office of Child Care Region 10 - Southern Maryland Office (Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's Counties)
41670 Courthouse Drive
P.O. Box 1709
Leonardtown, MD 20650

Main Purpose of Job

The Child Care Licensing Specialist is the full performance level of work inspecting, licensing and monitoring child care centers, family child care homes and non-public nursery schools to ensure enforcement of child care regulations and the provision of quality child education development programs. The main purpose of the position is to support the Office of Child Care’s goal of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of children in child care settings outside their own homes through the licensure of child care centers, the issuance of Letters of Compliance to certain religious child care programs, the registration of family day care homes, and the approval of nonpublic nursery schools and the investigation of complaints lodged against legitimate and illegal child care providers.


Examines licensing record documentation, including data from automated data systems (CCATS and ELIS), in order to ensure completeness and accuracy of case files, by reviewing licensing, registration, and nonpublic nursery school application and maintenance documents, inspections reports, requests for changes in operations, and reviewing automated systems’ data where appropriate. Supervises and evaluates performance of Licensing Specialists in order to positively communicate information to employee for ongoing performance management purposes by conducting staff meetings, reviewing CCATS and ELIS reports and using PEP evaluation standards and forms. Evaluates and assigns complaints to assure timely initiation of investigation and resolution by following standard OCC compliant investigation procedures. Recommends child care enforcement actions to Regional Manager in order to eliminate risks to children in care using COMAR 13A.15, 13A.16 and 13A.17.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree in child development, education, social work or psychology from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Four years of experience inspecting, licensing, and monitoring child care centers, family day care homes and non-public nursery schools. 

Notes: 1. An Associate of Arts degree in early childhood development, teacher education, sociology or psychology and two years work experience inspecting, licensing, and monitoring child care centers, family day care homes and non-public nursery schools may be substituted for the required education. 

 2. Applicants may substitute graduate education in a Child Development curriculum at an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 credit hours per year for up to two years of the required experience.


**Promotional** This recruitment is limited to current State of Maryland  (MSDE)- DEC employees


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Employees in this classification may be required to have daily use of a motor vehicle while on official State business. Standard mileage allowance will be paid for use of a privately owned vehicle.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



It is preferred that applicants complete the MD State Government online application for employment. The application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. If the
applicant is unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and be faxed to 410-333-8950 or mailed to MSDE Office of Human Resources, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. If there is a supplemental questionnaire, this must be completed and sent in with your paper application, if you are unable to apply online.

All application materials must be received in our office by the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. Applications must be complete to be considered including all related job duties, even if those are also listed on an attached resume. Additional required materials may be uploaded with the online application, submitted to the fax number, or mailed to the address listed.

Inquiries can be made to 410-767-0013, TDD 410-333-3045. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities.

If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850. TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay.

Proof of eligibility to work is required in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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