.01 Scope.

A. This chapter applies to hearings concerning actions taken by the Office of Child Care which adversely impact on child care center licenses and letters of compliance. These actions include denials, suspensions, or revocations of licenses or letters of compliance, as well as reductions in capacity or limitations on the ages or numbers of children who may be admitted to the child care center.

B. The Superintendent has delegated authority to administrative law judges of the Office of Administrative Hearings to make the final decisions of the Superintendent on the actions listed in §A of this regulation. A decision by an administrative law judge of the Office of Administrative Hearings in a child care center case is the final decision of the highest administrative authority in the case, and thus is directly appealable to the circuit court in the jurisdiction where the child care center is located pursuant to State Government Article, §10-222, Annotated Code of Maryland.