Maryland EXCELS Toolkit  

Environment: Licensing Requirements

Quality child care and early education programs provide positive environments where children develop and bloom. These programs are inviting places where children and adults experience respectful interactions, engaging activities, and time to explore, discover, and learn.

Maryland's licensing regulations require programs to provide developmentally appropriate learning environments where all children have opportunities to interact with others and benefit from purposeful activities.

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Supportive Environments Promote Every Child’s Growth and Development

If your program holds a valid Maryland license, it meets the Maryland EXCELS requirements for Developmentally Appropriate Learning and Practice: Environment: DAP 1.1. No further action or documentation is needed at this level.

Select the Requirements tab to learn about specific Maryland EXCELS requirements for your program type.

Requirements

The following interactive shows the requirements for Developmentally Appropriate Learning and Practice: Environment: DAP 1.1. Since the Maryland EXCELS System receives licensing information electronically, no further action or documentation is required if your program meets these licensing requirements.

To view specific Maryland EXCELS requirements for DAP 1.1, select your program type:

 

Child Care Center

Family Child Care
DAP 1.1: Environment Children of all abilities are provided with opportunities to interact with their peers in a developmentally appropriate environment that offers a balance of child initiated and teacher directed activities.

School-Age Only
DAP 1.1: Environment Children of all abilities are provided with opportunities to interact with their peers in a developmentally appropriate environment that offers a balance of child initiated and teacher directed activities.