Recognized Accrediting Organizations

Accreditation is a method by which a program demonstrates to an outside organization or agency that the program is meeting the quality standards set by that organization. MSDE recognizes national accrediting agencies as aligning with the overall mission and high standards for early care and school-age child care and public school in the state of Maryland. The Maryland EXCELS Branch offers guidance and support to programs seeking accreditation. Additionally, the Accreditation Support Fund is available to assist programs with the cost of national accreditation fees and reimbursement of Maryland Accreditation related expenses.

To recognize the importance of meeting and demonstrating standards at this highest level of quality, Maryland EXCELS participating programs must achieve accreditation in order to reach Check Level 5. In addition, accredited programs entering Maryland EXCELS will receive credit for criteria already demonstrated to the accrediting agency.