State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $44,106.00-$70,201.00 Yearly






A Child Care Licensing Specialist MSDE is the full performance level of work inspecting, licensing and monitoring child care centers, family day care homes and non-public nursery schools to ensure enforcement of child care regulations and the provision of quality child education development programs.  Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions. 

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a Child Care Licensing Supervisor MSDE or Child Care Licensing Regional Manager MSDE.  Employees in this classification may be required to work evenings.

Positions in this classification are evaluated by using the classification job evaluation methodology. The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

The Child Care Licensing Specialist MSDE and the Child Care Licensing Specialist Trainee MSDE are differentiated on the basis of the degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees.  The Child Care Licensing Specialist MSDE performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision while the Child Care Licensing Specialist Trainee MSDE learns to perform duties under close supervision.  The Child Care Licensing Specialist MSDE is differentiated from the Child Care Licensing Specialist Lead MSDE in that the Child Care Licensing Specialist Lead MSDE assigns, reviews and approves the work of and trains lower-level Child Care Licensing Specialists MSDE.


Inspects child care facilities including child care centers, family day care homes and non-public nursery schools to assess compliance with applicable laws and regulations and ensure that facilities meet existing health and safety codes;

Reviews the background and qualifications of prospective and current care givers, including education, work experience and background checks;

Develops and conducts workshops for child care facilities staff or family day care providers designed to improve the quality of educational programs and to enhance the ability and capability of facilities or homes to effectively meet the needs of the children being served;

Evaluates child care centers, family day care homes or non-public nursery schools to determine the age appropriateness of activities and curriculum;

Ensures that facilities meet existing health and safety codes;

Investigates complaints concerning child care facilities;

Conducts reviews of facilities applying for license renewal;

Recruits new child care licensees and facilities; Investigates complaints regarding unlicensed facilities and assists them in becoming licensed or registered;

Cooperates with the appropriate outside agencies in cases where other actions may be warranted;

Explains applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures to groups and other interested parties;

Recommends the issuance, denial, suspension or revocation of licenses to operate child care facilities;

Recommends training for licensees in such areas as discipline techniques, facility management, attending to needs of special children and recognition of child abuse;

Recommends corrective action plans to enforce compliance of facilities with applicable laws, codes and regulations;

Reviews and evaluates the quality of early childhood education programs to ensure the use of developmentally appropriate programming and curriculums;

Provides technical assistance to providers to ensure age appropriate programming and programming that meets the needs of children with disabilities;

Prepares reports, evaluations and responses to complaints and may assist in the preparation of a newsletter and other informational materials;

Prepares and presents testimony for administrative hearings, trials or lawsuits;

Uses automated technologies to record and report the results of inspections of child care centers, family day care homes and non-public nursery schools;

Performs other related duties.


Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position.


Class Descriptions are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies.  Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position. 

Class Descriptions provide information about the Nature of Work, Examples of Work, General Requirements and Acknowledgements.  The Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities; Minimum Education and Experience Requirements; Special Requirements; and recruitment and testing procedures are set by the using agency.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is not assigned to a bargaining unit, as indicated by the designation of S (Supervisor), M (Manager), T (Agency Head), U (Board or Commission Member), W (Student), X (Used by Agency or Excluded by Executive Order), or Z (Confidential).  As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation.  An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime, as provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305.

This classification is one level in a Non-Competitive Promotion (NCP) series.  NCP promotions are promotions by which employees may advance in grade and class level from trainee to full performance level in a classification series.  In order to be non-competitively promoted to the next level in a NCP series, an employee must: 1) perform the main purpose of the class, as defined by the Nature of Work section of the class specification; 2) receive the type of supervision defined in the class specification and 3) meet the minimum qualifications of the classification.

Date Established

Jul 1 2007 12:00AM

Date Revised

March 23, 2018

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 006066; EST: 7/1/2007; REV: 3/23/2018;

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