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Why use Care Courses? Because they're convenient, affordable and you learn so much!


Faren“Our staff has always been very pleased with your services. They enjoy being able to get training hours on their own time, have liked the variety of topics available, and are always impressed at how quickly the books arrive and the tests are graded. Thank you for your services!”  

Kathryn, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Molly“I thoroughly enjoyed the course...I was able to finish the course in a timely manner with ease. I entered my first day at my new daycare with the confidence and knowledge necessary to be an ideal caregiver. Thanks!” 

Faren, Wylie, Texas

Care Courses offers online training classes and book courses for child care providers, home visitors and parents. Use our childcare professional development clock hours for most US States continuing education inservice requirements and registries, for CDA Certification (Child Development Associate Credential), for CDA Renewal and for NAC Renewal. All our professional development courses give both Clock Hours and IACET CEUs toward CDA Renewal.

Our informative child care training programs can be completed anywhere and at any time. Study at home, at the park, or wherever is most convenient for you. Then go online to complete and submit your coursework. Our friendly, knowledgeable instructors offer unlimited free student support by phone or email, and are always happy to help!

Early childhood child care training can be fun, interesting, and relevant to your daily work and experience! We've been offering professional development classes for over 20 years; we love what we do and truly want to make your experience fantastic.

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National Childcare Credentials: Maryland child care providers may use our courses toward a CCP or CDA, as well as CDA, NAC and CCP renewal.

Maryland Childcare Training Requirements: All Care Courses that grant 2 hours or more of training (with the exception of Emergency Preparedness in Child Care) are approved Core of Knowledge training hours for those who work in child care centers, large family child care homes, and family child care homes. This includes directors, child care teachers, assistant child care teachers, aides, education program administrators, providers, employees, co-providers, family child care directors, and family child care teachers.

The Maryland Department of Education requires that all child care providers complete a minimum of 6 out of their 12 required 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

Click to view Care Courses listed by Maryland’s Core of Knowledge Areas. Maryland’s Core of Knowledge Areas will appear on your Care Courses certificates.

Care Courses’ Certificate Code is CKO-150280. Care Courses can be used for levels 2-4 of the MD State Child Care Credential.  (Levels 4+, 5 and 6 require college credit courses).

Courses that grant only 1 clock hour of training are accepted as elective training hours.

Keeping Infants Safe is approved for the state training requirement for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care fulfills Maryland's breastfeeding support requirement.

Maryland Family Child Care
24-Hour Pre-Service
Training Courses
Maryland Pre-Service Orientation
Course for Teacher Aides in
Child Care Centers and Large
Family Child Care Homes
Maryland Family Child Care
45-Hour Infant/Toddler
Training Courses

Maryland Child Care Center
Director's Initial/Pre-Service
Training Courses
Maryland Family Child Care
First Year
Training Courses

Maryland Child Care Center
Pre-Service 9-Clock-Hour
Communication Course
Family Child Care Training Information Page Center Continuing Training Information Page

Training we do not offer (we are sorry that we will never be able to offer these): 3-Hr ADA Compliance (must be completed in a face-to-face format), 45-Hr Child Growth and Development, 45-Hr Infant/Toddler for Day Care Centers, 45-Hr Preschool Curriculum, 45-Hr School Age, 90-Hr certificate course.

Maryland Emergency Preparedness Course: Emergency Preparedness in Child Care cannot be used to meet the Maryland emergency preparedness training requirement.  Emergency preparedness training can be found at Chesapeake College.  Click here for the Project Security Blanket Website. In-person classes are held in counties all over the state: Baltimore, Montgomery, Harford, Carroll, Howard, and Anne Arundel, as well as the Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland, etc.

Medication Administration & Asthma Training (6 hours): We do not offer this training, but you may access a list of approved trainers from the Maryland Child Care Licensing Branch (click here).

Developmental Screening Overview: We do not offer this training, but there is a training course developed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and Maryland Public Television/Thinkport (click here).

What Care Courses' Maryland students say:
“I absolutely loved this Supporting Breastfeeding course! I enjoyed the videos and audio. It helped to reinforce important points that I'd read or was reading.”
- Gwynn Oak, Maryland
"This course [Inclusive Early Childhood Programs] was excellent. I put many of the ideas to practice immediately. It made me see my classroom and teaching techniques in a whole new way!"
- Salisbury, Maryland
"Hi and thank you for the follow up email regarding the Care Course I have begun. So far I have no questions, but want you to know that I am really enjoying the course on Child Development and Guidance. I am already looking forward to the next one that I will be taking. Thank you for setting up such a user friendly and informative system of continuing education. I really appreciate it!" - Damascus, Maryland
"As always things were wonderful. Not only do I learn more than I ever have from a class I have to leave home for, I can do this in my home! My children and husband appreciate that as well. The class I just ordered [Inclusive Early Childhood Programs] is incredible. I plan to not only apply it to my daycare, I know it will help with the Sunday school class I teach as well. Thank you for helpful information that we can apply right away." - Bel Air, Maryland
"I loved this site! The course [First Steps in Child Care] was easy to follow and got straight to the point with the information! Thanks for offering such a great course for such low costs!"
- Gaithersburg, Maryland
Opening a child care facility in Maryland: For those of you interested in starting a day care or home-based child care facility in Maryland, please contact your state licensing agency using the contact information below. The licensing agency can give you advice on the requirements, rules and regulations of your state.

Maryland Department of Education
Division of Early Childhood Development
Office of Child Care
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

(410) 767-0100 or 1-888-246-0016

Maryland Child Care Licensing Branch