Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Accreditation- Effective January 1, 2020

MSDE accreditation will no longer be accepted as an approved accreditation for the Military Fee Assistance Program. Military families seeking fee assistance will need to choose a provider who is nationally accredited through a DoD approved accrediting body:

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA)
  • National Accreditation Commission (NAC)
  • Council on Accreditation (COA)
  • Cognia, formally known as AdvancED

If you are a military family currently receiving fee assistance at an MSDE accredited provider, you will be eligible to receive continuity of care until you the currently enrolled child ages out of the program, the family dis-enrolls, or the providers become ineligible due to non-compliance with state licensing or program policies.

MCCYN-PLUS Pilot Initiative (QRIS) – Effective October 1, 2019

Effective October 1, 2019, The Military Services expanded the Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) to include MCCYN-PLUS. The MCCYN-PLUS Pilot includes community-based child care centers that are quality rated by their state Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS), in locations where nationally accredited care is unavailable.

If you are a family located in Maryland or specified Virginia regions: Peninsula, North Central, Northern, Eastern, and Central, please click here to find out more information.