health care,
education and
social services

health care,
education  and
social services

Child Care Licensing Program

Mary's Center provides training and technical assistance to individuals interested in opening their own licensed Child Development Home or Center. This program includes step-by-step guidance on the complex licensing process and opportunities for training and mentoring related to: business practices, setting up the environment, the 11 Core Knowledge Areas of Early Childhood Education, participating in DC’s Subsidy Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and more.

We offer individual and group support to prospective and current Child Development Home/Center Providers, interact with government agencies and partner CBOs on behalf of providers, and support providers in advocating for themselves.

Our services are open to participants of all languages and backgrounds.

Read our bilingual flyers to learn more about our services:    English and Spanish        English and Amharic       English and French 


Additional programs that we currently support:

·         Child Development Associate Course

·         Business Training Series for Child Development Home Providers

·         OSSE’s Quality Improvement Network (QIN) Hub


Programs that we have supported in the past:

·         The Tender Growth Mini-Grant Program

·         Expanded Child Development Home Initiative

·         Multicultural Spanish Speaking Provider’s Association

·         Child Care Cooperative


For more information, please contact the Child Care Licensing Program (CCLP) at 202-617-0764, or email Florence Kreisman, the QIN Director, at

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