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Maryland Child Care Training | Care Courses

CDA Certification and National Childcare Credentials in Maryland

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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. 

NEW! Free CDA Training for Maryland Childcare Providers

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. 

Maryland Childcare Training Requirements

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. 

Maryland Core of Knowledge (CKO) Area 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:

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

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.

Maryland Childcare Training Courses

Maryland Childcare Credential Training

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

Maryland Child Care Training Reimbursements

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.

Opening a Childcare Facility in Maryland

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.

Maryland Department of Education

Division of Early Childhood Development Office of Child Care

Call your regional licensing office:  Maryland Regional Licensing Contact Information

What Care Courses' Maryland students say

“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
"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!!"

- Halethorpe, Maryland
"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
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"My courses are completed and I enjoyed them. I've been in the Maryland Credentialing Program for a long time and I've been taking courses to continue my education for about 28 years. Thank you for adding new courses to your program. It's so much easier to work at my own pace at home, it's convenient and affordable."

- Kathy in Maryland

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.