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

Shawn"I am having a ball doing these courses. So much of it is very interesting and also touches a lot on what I learned in college. I decided to go into child care and my director recommended me to take the CDA course. I think it is great."

Shawn in New York

jane“I just want to say I enjoyed taking this online class. It’s was very easy to complete online, since I’m not much of a computer person. It was nice to work on it when it fit my hours."

Danielle in Wisconsin

Zoica“Everything went very well! I received all of my certificates in a very timely manner! I love your program and am recommending it to other staff members in our organization! I plan on using your program in the very near future myself! Thank you for such a great service!”

Lynn in California

Care Courses offers distance-learning courses for child care providers 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.

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. 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 30 years; we love what we do and truly want to make your experience fantastic.

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National Childcare Credentials in Maryland: 

Use our courses toward a CDA as well as to renew your CDA, NAC or CCP.

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.

Looking for free training reimbursements? Providers with a MD Child Care Credential at level two or higher are eligible to receive up to $400 in reimbursements each year for core of knowledge training. All Care Courses that grant 2 or more clock hours may be reimbursed using the MSDE training reimbursement program

Care Courses can be used for the clock hours required to attain levels 2, 3, 4 and 4+ of the Maryland State Child Care Credential. Care Courses can be used for the clock hours required to renew all levels of the Maryland State Child Care Credential. To determine how many clock hours you need for your credential level, please click here

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.

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.

Family Home Training Center Training
Maryland Family Child Care 24-hour Pre-Service Training Maryland Family Child Care
24-Hour Pre-Service
Training Courses
Maryland Child Care Center Pre-Service Orientation Maryland Pre-Service Orientation
Course for Teacher Aides in
Child Care Centers and Large
Family Child Care Homes
First Year Training Maryland Family Child Care
First Year
Training Courses
Pre-Service Communication Course
Maryland Child Care Center
Pre-Service 9-Clock-Hour
Communication Course
Family Child Care Training Information Page Center Training Information Page

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

Training we do not offer: 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. We do not currently offer the 45-Hr Infant/Toddler training for Day Care Homes or the 45-Hr Directors pre-service administrative training.

Maryland Emergency Preparedness Course: Our course, Emergency Preparedness in Child Care cannot be used to meet the Maryland emergency preparedness training requirement. It can be used for elective training hours.

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).

Basic Health and Safety Training: We do not offer this training, but the Maryland Division of Early Childhood offers this training at no cost (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: 

Supporting Breastfeeding “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.” - Gwynn Oak, Maryland
Child Development and Guidance "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
First Steps "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!" - 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

Call your regional licensing office: Contact Information