Are you looking for childcare training in Maryland? Care Courses Maryland childcare training is an excellent and convenient online and distance learning option for completing your required Maryland training hours. Care Courses offers online childcare training as well as our CourseBook format that blends online learning with a professionally printed book mailed directly to you. Read on to learn how Care Courses can be used in Maryland.
Childcare certification courses in Maryland
All Care Courses that grant two or more clock-hours training are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Office of Child Care (OCC) for Core of Knowledge training hours. MSDE approves our childcare certification courses for those who work in child care centers, large family child care homes, and family child care homes. Our courses may be used by directors, child care teachers, assistant child care teachers, aides, education program administrators, childcare providers, employees, co-providers, family child care directors, and family child care teachers.
All Care Courses, including our one-hour courses, are approved by MSDE for “continued” annual training hours in Maryland. We offer a free one clock-hour online childcare training course as well.
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In addition, MSDE Office of Child Care requires that all child care providers complete a minimum of 6 out of their 12 required annual clock hours of continued training in any of the following core of knowledge areas:
- Child Development
- Health, Safety and Nutrition
- Special Needs
We have created a helpful Care Courses Maryland Core of Knowledge areas breakdown on our website. This webpage breaks down how each of our courses meets the six Maryland Core of Knowledge areas.
Do you still have questions about Core of Knowledge training in Maryland? We love supporting Marylanders! Give us a call during our office hours and we will be happy to assist you in picking out your courses: 1–800-685‑7610 M‑F, 9am-5pm ET.
“I absolutely loved this Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care course! I enjoyed the videos and audio. It helped to reinforce important points that I’d read or was reading.”- Care Courses student from Gwynn Oak, Maryland
Maryland Childcare Training Reimbursements
Are you interested in getting your Child Development Associate Credential or CDA Credential in Maryland? Care Courses offers discounted CDA training for the Infant Toddler Center-Based, Preschool Center-Based, and Family Child Care CDA settings.
According to the CDA Council, over 13,000 CDA Credentials have been awarded in Maryland. Having a CDA certification is a great achievement and it offers many benefits.
- having a CDA (plus additional training, college credits, and experience) qualifies you to work as a director in a preschool with 21 or more children, or a preschool with infants and toddlers, or in a large family childcare home.
- having a CDA (plus additional training and experience) qualifies you to work as a director in a preschool with 20 or fewer children or a school age center.
- having a CDA (plus additional training and experience) qualifies you to work as a teacher in a preschool center or large family childcare home.
- having a CDA (plus additional training) qualifies you to work as a provider in a family childcare home
We offer many blogs on the CDA credential process including how you can get your CDA credential in Maryland. We also offer unlimited CDA support for all of our students and a free CDA 101 tutorial to make sure you are ready to get your CDA credential in Maryland.
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Maryland Childcare Training Reimbursements
MSDE offers training reimbursements up to $400 per year per licensed childcare provider to assist early childhood professionals participating in the MD Child Care Credential Program at level two or higher. Training reimbursements can be used for approved Core of Knowledge training including all Care Courses that grant two or more clock hours. Maryland training reimbursements are a wonderful resource that will allow you to get free childcare training every year.
To submit an MSDE training reimbursement application, go to the Maryland OneStop website, click apply online, create an account, and fill out the required information. You will need your CCATS/Party ID# (located on your credential certificate), your Care Courses certificate of completion (located in the My Courses area of your Care Courses account), and the receipt for the course purchased (located in the My Orders area of your Care Course account). Applications are approved within 30 days.
Getting free childcare training through Maryland training reimbursements is an excellent way to save money and enhance your professional skills. You can even use Maryland childcare reimbursements to get free CDA training with Care Courses.
Maryland Childcare Staff Credential Training
You can use Care Courses for the clock hours required to attain levels 2, 3, 4 and 4+ of the Maryland State Child Care Credential. You may also renew all levels of childcare credential using our courses. Review the Maryland Child Care Credential program’s brochure or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine how many clock hours you need for your credential level.
Remember, if you have a level two credential or higher, you can get up to $400 of free childcare training per year from Care Courses!
“I love your courses!! I’m always excited to see something new like the Lead Safety in Child Care course I recently took. I learned a lot and it’s so easy to complete during nap time. Keep up the good work!!”- Care Courses student from Halethorpe, Maryland
Maryland Preservice Childcare Training
Pre-service Orientation Requirement for Teacher Aides
Maryland approves our course First Steps in Child Care: An Orientation to meet the Maryland pre-service orientation requirement for teacher aides in child care centers and large family child care homes. Check out the course description to learn more. This 3 clock-hour course is only $25!
9 Hour Communication Pre-service Training
MSDE approves our course Understanding Each Other: Communicating with Families, Staff and Your Community for the Maryland child care center pre-service 9 clock-hour communication requirement.
Providers often ask us about the 45 and 90 hour preservice certification training requirements in Maryland. While we do not currently offer these trainings, we are developing new 45 hour preservice certification courses. Email us at email@example.com to express your interest in these upcoming courses.
“I loved this site! The course First Steps in Child Care: An Orientation was easy to follow and got straight to the point with the information! Thanks for offering such a great course for such low costs!”- Care Courses student from Gaithersburg, Maryland
Other Maryland Childcare Certification Training
Maryland Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Training
MSDE approves our course Keeping Infants Safe for the state training requirement for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This course covers:
- sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS),
- sudden unexpected infant death (SUID),
- adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and
- safe sleep practices, abusive head trauma (AHT)/shaken baby syndrome, and early brain development.
Check out the full course description on our website.
Maryland Breastfeeding Support Training
Our course, Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care, fulfills Maryland’s breastfeeding support requirement. Check out the course description on our website.
Maryland Training Organization Approval Information
Care Courses’ Core of Knowledge training organization number is CKO-150280. Our continued training organization number is CTO-2281. Our pre-service organization number is PSO-19.
Contact Care Courses
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