Care Courses is an official training partner of the CDA Council for Professional Recognition. Use Care Courses towards national childcare credentials including a the CDA National Credential as well as CDA, CCP or NAC renewal.
For a limited time, the Council for Professional Recognition, Maryland State Department of Education and Maryland Family Network, and Care Courses have partnered to help you earn or renew your Child Development Associate® (CDA) credential at no cost. To apply for a free CDA or free CDA renewal training, go to the grant application page and click "Apply for funding here." Learn more about the program by clicking on the button below.
The CDA credentialing program allows early childhood educators to demonstrate their abilities and show their commitment to career advancement and professionalism. Discover how a CDA Credential can benefit you in Maryland. Click below to learn how to get and renew your CDA Credential.
All Care Courses that grant 2 hours or more of training are approved by the Maryland Department of Education (MSDE) for Core of Knowledge training hours. All Care Courses are approved by MSDE for "continued" annual training hours in Maryland.
Our courses are approved for childcare professionals 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. Click below to find training.
MSDE requires that all child care providers complete a minimum of 6 out of their 12 required annual clock hours of training in any of the following Core of Knowledge Areas:
Click below to sort Care Courses by Maryland's Core of Knowledge Areas. Maryland's Core of Knowledge Areas will appear on your Care Courses certificates.
Use Care Courses for the clock hours required to attain levels 2, 3, 4 and 4+ of the Maryland State Child Care Credential. Care Courses can also be used for the clock hours required to renew all levels of the credential. To determine how many clock hours you need for your credential level, please review the Maryland Child Care Credential program's brochure.
Providers with a MD Child Care Credential at level two or higher are eligible to receive up to $400 in free training 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’ 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.
Courses that grant only 1 clock hour of training are accepted as elective training hours.
For those of you interested in starting a daycare center or home-based childcare 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.
Division of Early Childhood Development Office of Child Care
Call your regional licensing office: Maryland Regional Licensing Contact Information
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 Maryland Family Child Care First Year 18-Hr Training, Maryland Family Child Care 24-Hour Pre-Service Training Courses, 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. Emergency Preparedness in Child Care is approved for Core of Knowledge, Continued and elective training clock hours.
Medication Administration & Asthma Training (6 hours): We do not offer this training, but you can click here to find a list of approved trainers from the Maryland Child Care Licensing Branch. Please note that while our course, Medication Procedures in Child Care is not approved by MSDE to meet the medication administration training requirement, you can use it for annual CKO training hours.
Basic Health and Safety Training: We do not offer this training, but the Maryland Division of Early Childhood offers basic health and safety training at no cost.
Developmental Screening Overview: We do not offer this training, but there is a developmental screening training course developed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and Maryland Public Television/Thinkport.