Start up Services for New Family Child Care Providers

What is Growing Opportunities for Family Child Care (GOFCC)?

GOFCC is a FREE support program for individuals that want to become a licensed Family Child Care Professional. Our participants receive one-on-one assistance through each step of the licensing/registration process, free required training, and basic business coaching and training. Information about the Family Child Care licensing/registration process is included in the “What is Family Child Care?” section below.

Who is eligible to participate in GOFCC?

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must live in Baltimore City
  • Must want to have a Family Child Care business in your home
  • Must be able to commit to:
    • Completing required trainings
    • Attending monthly meetings/workshops
    • Meeting on a monthly basis with your GOFCC coach
    • At least 6 months of coaching, training, and licensing work

For more information contact:

Courtney Ross –

Dazhane Clark –

Whitney Meador –

What is Family Child Care?

Family Child Care (FCC) is a type of child care business that takes place in your primary residence. All child care businesses are regulated by the state of Maryland, through the Office of Child Care. In order to become a registered Family Child Care Professional in the State of Maryland, you must complete the licensing/registration process with the Office of Child Care. As a registered Family Child Care business, you will be able to care for up to 8 children in your home (capacity will depend upon square footage of the child care space and fire-safety regulations). During the licensing/registration process for Family Child Care, both the Child Care Professional AND the Professional’s home must be cleared for child care through the completion of clearances and permits.

What are the requirements to become a Family Child Care Professional?

In order to become a Family Child Care Professional you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Want to have a Family Child Care business in your primary residence
  • If you rent your home, you must be able to get official approval from your landlord
  • Self and all adults in the home must pass a criminal background check
  • Complete all required trainings
  • Complete the Use & Occupancy permit process for your home
  • Complete all associated paperwork
  • Purchase and set-up materials for the child care space in your home
  • Complete all related inspections
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The Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center is a member of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network with funding provided from the Maryland State Department of Education, through Maryland Family Network.

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