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. 

Want to learn more about Care Cours­es or get free child­care train­ing? Check out Play­ing Out­doors to get your free course today!

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
  • Cur­ricu­lum
  • Health, Safe­ty and Nutrition
  • Spe­cial Needs
  • Pro­fes­sion­al­ism
  • Com­mu­ni­ty

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. 

In Mary­land:

  • 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. 

Ready for the next step? Click to learn more about the CDA cre­den­tial process in Maryland. 

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 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 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

Please let us know how we can be of addi­tion­al assis­tance! Call us: 1–800-685‑7610, Mon­day through Fri­day, 9–5 ET, or email us days, evenings and week­ends: We’re here to help!

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