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Maryland Day Care / Child Care Centers – What Is Defined As Day Care / Child Care Center

By Benjamin A. Klopman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


Day care centers / child care centers are regulated by Title 13 A – State Board of Education Subtitle 16 Child Care Centers. Child care is defined as the care of supervision of a child in Maryland during times that the parent has given or permitted the child’s care to another for a portion of a 24 hour day. The Maryland regulations stated that child care does not include group lessons or classes like piano lesson, karate lessons, etc. . . unless the lessons are provided as a pattern that indicate that the business is operating as a child care center. Scouting activities (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other groups) are also excluded as day care centers.

A Child Care Center in Maryland is defined as an agency, institution, or establishment that provides child care to children for all or part of a 24 hour day and at least twice a week for children who do not have the same parents.

You can read more about the definition of child care centers and child care center regulations in Maryland at Title 13 A – State Board of Education – Child Care Centers.

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