Howard County Child Care Resource Center

 

9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

The Resource Center is open 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Monday - Friday with a few exceptions.

The Resource Center follows the Howard County Government holiday observance schedule.

The Resource Center will also be closed the second Monday of every month.  

410-313-1940 (Voice/Relay)

 

The Howard County Child Care Resource Center is a member of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network with funding provided from the Maryland State Department of Education, through Maryland Family Network, and Howard County Government. As a member of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network, the Howard County Child Care Resource Center assists parents, child care professionals and the community in the following ways:

  • Assists parents in locating licensed child care
  • Provides technical assistance (information and expert advice) and resources for current and prospective child care providers in family child care homes and child care centers
  • Collects data that documents the child care needs of families and employers as well as the child care delivery system.
  • Provides training for child care professionals and parents to expand their knowledge of early childhood and best child care practices

 

In-Person (Classroom) Training



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Training workshops are held at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046.

MSDE Child Care Training Approval Number: CKO-30733; PSO-3569, CTO-7406, expires 06/30/2022


E-Learning (Online) Training

 


 

 

Looking for child care training online? Courses are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!

Our e-learning training courses are designed to help early childhood professionals complete annual training requirements and acquire required training hours for those seeking a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, CDA credential renewal or in-service training. Our courses provide a variety of engaging topics designed specifically for the early childhood professional.

Howard County Child Care Resource Center Training

October Workshops

Infant/Child and Adult CPR/AED and First Aid

Sat., Oct. 12 / 9:00 AM - 12:30PM / $90

1st Alert CPR Training: Certified by the American Safety and Health Institute and valid for two years. Approved for child care licensing.

 

Medication Administration

Sat., Oct. 12 / 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM / $60

M. Conway / 6 hrs HSN

This MSDE-designed workshop will teach providers what they need to know when administering medication to children. Learn how to give oral, topical, inhaled and emergency medicines to infants and children; how to keep accurate records; regulations for hygiene, safety and measurement. Bring your own lunch.

 

Infuse Stem Into Your Program

Sat., Oct. 12 / 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM / $20

D. Tobin / 2 CUR

Participants will discover how to become more intentional about what they are doing. They will discuss indicators of effective curriculum and learn simple guidelines for infusing STEM in their child care program.

 

It’s the Questions Not the Answers

Sat., Oct. 12 / 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM / $20

D. Tobin / 2 CUR

Participants will learn how to encourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Math while fostering children’s innate curiosity by using the Inquiry Teaching Model. Providers will reflect on what they are already doing and how they can increase their language and ability to support children with STEM learning.

 

Infant and Toddler STEM

Sat., Oct. 12 / 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM / $20

D. Tobin / 2 CUR

From birth children are inquisitive. You can nurture early science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts and skills through daily routines and play and exploration activities that you provide for the babies and children in your program. By talking, reading, singing, playing, signing, or using ther ways to communicate you can help them purposefully develop STEM skills.

 

CPR and First Aid Re-Certification

Sat., Oct. 12 / 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM / $90

1st Alert CPR Training-If your First Aid and CPR certifications are current and unexpired, you may attend this brief re-certification course. This workshop will review and test skills for both First Aid and Infant/Child and Adult CPR and is valid for two years. Certification Only

 

Talk With Me Howard County

Tues., Oct. 15 / 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM / $5

B. Bricker / 2 COM

Gain a greater understanding of the powerful brain-building that occurs during early interactions and develop simple activities for putting these interactions into your daily routines. Learn how to share these im- portant strategies with families so that every child can develop a broad foundation in communication, cognitive, and social-emotional skills. Talk With Me is a partner initiative of the Howard County Public School System.

*No online discount*

 

Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care

Tues., Oct. 15 / 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM/ $5

J. Johnson / .5 hrs Continued Training

This session meets the training requirement for the MSDE regulation regarding supporting breastfeeding in child care. Participants will receive ideas to welcome breastfeeding families and resources to support nursing mothers and their babies. *No online discount*

 

SIDS, SIUD and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths

Tues., Oct. 15 / 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM/ $20

J. Johnson / 2 HSN

This session meets the training requirement for the MSDE regulation regarding supporting breastfeeding in child care. Participants will receive ideas to welcome breastfeeding families and resources to support nursing mothers and their babies.

 

STEAM File Folder Games: Math & Science for Early Childhood

Mon., Oct. 21 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $30

H. Andrews / 3 CUR

This course is designed for child care providers who work with preschool children, 3-5 years. Topics and activities will focus on math and science skills, building a STEAM rich environment, lesson planning and the creation of math and science materials for the classroom environment.

 

Taking Good Care of You

Mon., Oct. 21 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $30

S. Burke / 3 HSN

This workshop will increase awareness of the need for caregivers to take care of themselves. Without good self-care, there may come a point when we have nothing left to give. Participants will learn the signs of burnout, brainstorm ideas on how to avoid burnout, examine the importance of staying healthy, discover resources, discuss the need to not control everything in life. Participants will create a personal action plan for self-care.

November Workshops

Infant/Child and Adult CPR/AED and First Aid

Mon., Nov. 4 / 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM / $90

1st Alert CPR

Certified by the American Safety and Health Institute and valid for two years. Approved for child care licensing.

 

Social Studies All Around Me

Mon., Nov. 4 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $30

R. Gordon / 3 CUR

During this training, providers will recognize that Social Studies concepts and activities are all around them for use in daily learning. Participants will learn how to teach civics, history, geography, and economics on the preschool and school age levels in a developmentally appropriate way.

 

Little Boy Blues

Wed., Nov. 13 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $30

R. Gordon / 2 CD 1 CUR

This training reviews current statistics on the struggles boys are experiencing in the United States and recent research on why boys are not doing as well as girls.

Participants will be given a review of current research on gender differences in development of boys, cultural expectations and the impact of the academic focus of preschool and child care programs. In addition, strategies to address the findings are also presented.

 

Circle Time: You Can Make It Developmentally Appropriate

Wed., Nov. 13 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $30

T. Wilks / 3 CUR

Are you tired of the same boring circle time routines, calendar, weather, etc.? In this interactive session, you will walk away with 3 concrete success strategies to ensure your circle time is more than just a routine experience but an engaging and learning opportunity! You’ll learn how to support all domains while involving children in a way that promotes their individual developmental needs.

 

ABC's of Child Care Scholarships (Subsidy) 

Thurs. Nov. 14/ 6:30-8:30 pm/ Free

This informational workshop will provide an overview of the Maryland Child Care Scholarship (Subsidy) Program and how child care professionals can participant to increase their earning potential. Attendees will learn about their role in the program as well as the process your families need to take to qualify for and obtain subsidies.

2 PRO

Medication Administration

Mon., Nov. 18 / 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM / $60

C. Fleming / 6 HSN

This MSDE-designed workshop will teach providers what they need to know when administering medication to children. Learn how to give oral, topical, inhaled and emergency medicines to infants and children; how to keep accurate records; regulations for hygiene, safety and measurement. Bring your own lunch.

 

Introduction to Sign Language

Tues., Nov. 19 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $30

L. Harris / 3 SN

Help increase communication with infants, toddlers and preschoolers in your classroom through the use of sign language. Basic signs for feelings, objects, and simple phrases will be presented. This workshop also includes an introduction to the deaf culture and community.

 

Make Time Happen: Time Management Tips

Tues., Nov. 19 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM /$30

S. Burke / 3 PRO

This course is designed to teach child care providers how to make the most effective use of the time and how to help handle the time that they cannot control.

Topics include how to manage time appropriately through work, rest and play.

December Workshops

Infant/Child and Adult CPR/AED Certification

Sat., Dec. 7 / 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM / $90

1st Alert CPR

Certified by the American Safety and Health Institute and valid for two years. Approved for child care licensing.

 

Medication Administration

Sat., Dec. 7 / 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM / $60

M. Conway / 6 hrs HSN

This MSDE-designed workshop will teach providers what they need to know when administering medication to children. Learn how to give oral, topical, inhaled and emergency medicines to infants and children; how to keep accurate records; regulations for hygiene, safety and measurement. Bring your own lunch

 

Why Do Toddlers Bite?

Sat., Dec. 7 / 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM / $20

L. Moran / 2 CD

Why do toddlers bite and how can you control it? Participants will learn how to approach, problem solve and develop strategies for biting in the classroom.

Participants will also learn how to communicate with parents during biting situations.

 

Stranger Danger

Sat., Dec. 7 / 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM / $20

L. Moran / 2 HSN

This workshop will focus on teaching children about personal safety and the many ways strangers access children: outside, at home and online. It will also delve into tips and skills to keep children safe from strangers.

 

Multiple Intelligences: Discovering Gifts & Empowering Children

Sat., Dec. 7 / 1:30 - 3:30 PM / $20

L. Moran / 1 CUR 1 SN

This training introduces participants to the theory of Multiple Intelligences and innovative teaching ideas which will assist in making their classroom an enhanced learning environment for children of all abilities. Participants will identify unique learning strengths and how to apply practical strategies to promote inclusive and empowering learning opportunities for all.

 

CPR and First Aid Re-Certification

Sat., Dec. 7 / 1:30 - 4:30 PM / $90

1st Alert CPR

If your First Aid and CPR certifications are current and unexpired, you may attend this brief re-certification course. This workshop will review and test skills for both First Aid and Infant/Child and Adult CPR and is valid for two years. Certification Only.

 

Developmental Delays

Mon., Dec. 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 PM / $20

L. Moran /2 SN

This workshop will teach child care providers the basics of Developmental Delays in children. Participants will learn the fundamental cause, recognition, diagnosis, and strategies for developmental delays such as Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, Speech and Language delays and more.

 

Coloring Outside the Lines

Mon., Dec. 9 / 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM / $20

S. Gold Raynes / 2 CUR

In this hands on workshop participants will learn ways to implement developmentally appropriate open ended art activities into their program. Strategies to modify activities for all types of learners, different types of programs, and different age groups will be addressed.

Basic Health and Safety Training

Where is the training available? 

FREE online, visit  http://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/basic-health-safety-training and complete the training online. The free online Basic Health and Safety Training, hosted by MSDE, runs in cohorts. There is only one course per month and registration is required.

Want to attend the in-person 3-hour Basic Health and Safety Training? 

Cost: $30 phone/mail or $27 online

Register online for the in-person Basic Health and Safety Training

 (All upcoming Basic and Safety Training workshops will display)

Project Security Blanket

Project Security Blanket provides training and technical assistance for Maryland child care center staff members, family child care providers, and informal providers on the development of a written emergency plan for their programs.

The Howard County Child Care Resource Center offers the in-person training two times per year. Register for the in-person six hour training.

Looking for an online version of Project Security Blanket?

An online version of this training is now available. 

 

 

The Nest and Training Calendar

The Nest e-newsletter and training calendar, published three times per year, is an electronic publication of the Howard County Office of Children and Families for early care and education professionals! Learn about new training regulations, resources that are available to assist you in your professional development, upcoming workshops, conferences and events.

View or print the Training Calendar September - December 2019

View or print past issues of The Nest Newsletter

 

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Subscribe to our E-Blast to receive training, MSDE regulation and office updates!

 

On-Site Training

Directors, are you planning a professional development day for your center staff?

We can provide child care training for your staff at your Howard County location. Most workshops that are offered in the training calendar are available for your onsite training if you have at least ten staff members. It's convenient and as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Submit an On-Site Request Form to the Training Coordinator, at ocftraining@howardcountymd.gov.
  2. The Training Coordinator will contact you to discuss details and will send an On-Site Confirmation for your approval.
  3. After receiving your On-Site Confirmation, submit  an On-Site Training Enrollment Form to the ocftraining@howardcountymd.gov. An instructor will arrive at your site with the materials needed to train your pre-registered staff on the scheduled date!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Become a Family Child Care Provider in Howard County?

Are you looking for the workshops which meet the training requirements to open a licensed family child care? Did you complete the required MSDE Office of Child Care Orientation? If not, call The Office of Child Care, 410-750-8771 to schedule an in-person orientation. To prepare for the orientation,  view the online licensing orientation preview.

Applicants for a Family Child Care License must satisfy a series of training requirements determined by MSDE Office of Child Care. If you have questions about getting your license,  required training classes, setting up your business, or another aspect of family child care, contact Joan Johnson, by calling 410-313-1432 or emailing jmjohnson@howardcountymd.gov.

How Many Hours of Child Care Training Do I Need?

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS


Family Child Care — New Applicants
• Initial Training Modules (24 hours)
• Emergency and Disaster Preparedness (6 hours)
• Medication Administration (6 hours)
• Including All Children and the ADA (3 hours)
• Infant/Child/Adult CPR Certification
• First Aid Certification
• SIDS: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (2 hours)
• Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care
• Basic Health and Safety (3 hours)


Family Child Care — First Renewal Year
(18 clock hours)
• Child Development (3 hours)
• Mixed Age Groups (3 hours)
• Health/Safety/Nutrition (3 hours)
• Professionalism (3 hours)
• First Aid (current certification)
• Infant/Child/Adult CPR (current certification)
• Approved Training in any Area (6 hours)


Family Child Care — After First Renewal

(12 Clock Hours)
• Approved Core of Knowledge Training (6 hours)
• Approved Training in Any Area (6 hours)
• Current First Aid and CPR Certifications


Child Care Center Staff
For current staff staying in the same positions:
• Aide/Assistant (6 hours/year)
• Child Care Teacher (12 hours/year)
• Child Care Director (12 hours/year)


New hires and staff moving to new positions are subject to additional requirements which may include:
• Center Aide Orientation (3 hours)
• 9-hour Communication (9 hours)
• Including All Children and the ADA (3 hours)
• SIDS: Sudden Infanct Death Syndrome (2 hours)
• Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care
• Basic Health and Safety (3 hours)

Questions?

Contact Joan Johnson,Technical Assistance Specialist at jmjohnson@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-1432.

or
Contact the Howard County Office of Child Care at 410-750-8771.


CORE OF KNOWLEDGE KEY
Each training workshop listing indicates the approved Core of Knowledge area(s), which identifies specific topics of interest you may need to achieve or maintain levels within the Maryland Child Care Credential program.


The Core areas are abbreviated as:
CD - Child Development
COM - Community
CUR - Curriculum
HSN - Health, Safety, Nutrition
PRO - Professionalism
SN - Special Needs

How Does My Center Pursue MSDE Accreditation?

Pursuing state accreditation helps early childhood programs improve their quality of service. Accredited programs provide research-based, high quality early childhood education that benefits children, parents, and local school systems. Whether you are working to become accredited, or you are just beginning to consider the possibilities; the Howard County Office of Children and Families (OCF) can help you through the process. Join us  to learn more about how and why to become accredited.

MSDE Orientation: Overview of Accreditation (This workshop is required for programs pursuing MSDE Accreditation- Overview of the early childhood accreditation and validation process. Become acquainted with standards, focus areas, supporting documents, self-appraisal, and rating process. Learn about the validation process and discuss selecting a self-appraisal team. (2 PRO) Register online for MSDE Orientation: Overview of Accreditation.

Instructor Joan Johnson is an experienced validator for MSDE and will help you through the process. If you are actively pursuing accreditation; your program is also eligible for FREE technical assistance, mentoring and a program improvement visit. For more information on the series, please call Joan at 410-313-1432.

This class is open only to preschool and center directors and owners; other teachers may enroll only with permission of the instructor. 

What Classes are Required to Care for More Than Two Infants and Toddlers? 45-Hour Infant Toddler

 

45-Hour Infant & Toddler Certificate: Methods & Materials

 

This course introduces the major concepts, theories, principles, and research related to the development and care of children birth to age 3. Participants will learn how to create a safe and healthy environment while developing appropriate interaction and communication skills that will assist with learning and development. For family providers, the regulations state those approved to care for more than two infants and toddlers must complete 45 hours of approved training related exclusively to the care of children younger than 2 years old. This class satisfies the regulation. 

The 45-Hour Infant and Toddler Certificate workshop series is not currently scheduled at the Howard County Child Care Resource Center.

The 45-Hour Infant and Toddler series is available online. Register for The 45-Hour Infant and Toddler: Methods and Materials online training. 

For questions related to the care of infants and toddlers, contact Joan Johnson, Technical Assistance Specialist by e-mailing  jmjohnson@howardcountymd.gov or calling 410-313-1432. For other questions, please call (410) 313-1940.

Can You Bring Your Workshop to Our Center and Train Our Staff?

Yes, we can provide child care training for your staff at your Howard County location. Most of the workshops which are offered in the training calendar are available for your onsite training if you have at least ten staff members. It's convenient and as easy as 1-2-3!

 

  1. Submit an On-Site Request Form to the Training Coordinator, at ocftraining@howardcountymd.gov no less than three weeks prior to your training date.
  2. The Training Coordinator will contact you to discuss details and will send an On-Site Confirmation for your approval.
  3. After receiving your On-Site Confirmation, submit  an On-Site Training Enrollment Form to the Training Coordinator by emailing ocftraining@howardcountymd.gov. An instructor will arrive at your site with the materials needed to train your pre-registered staff on the scheduled date!

What is The Resource Center Inclement Weather Policy?

Howard County Office of Children and Families follows the Howard Community College inclement weather policy for workshop cancellations. To receive immediate notification of workshop cancellations, sign up for HCC Mobile Alerts by visiting www.howardcc.edu. Updates are also available by calling 410-313-1940 and are also found by visiting www.howardcountymd.gov/children.

If a workshop is cancelled due to weather, instructor illness, etc., participants will be notified by 4:00 pm. If possible, the workshop will be rescheduled and an attempt to notify all participants by phone and/or email will be made. When the weather is in question, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/training, or call 410-313-1940 to learn the status of the workshop.

What Are The Resource Center Workshop Registration Policies?

Registration is on a first-come, first served basis. Payment is required at the time of registration. Receipts are emailed to the address provided during registration. The registration receipt is your confirmation, please mark your calendar. Access your online account at any time to verify your upcoming workshop schedule!

Pre-registration  is required for all workshops. Your registration and payment must be received by 4:00 pm on the day of the workshop for all weekday workshops (by Friday for weekend workshops). Same day registrations will accepted until 4:00 pm if space permits. Walk-ins will not be permitted to stay.

Late Arrival to a Workshop: Workshops begin at the time stated in the calendar and your receipt. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to sign-in. If you arrive after the workshop begins, you will be asked to leave; you will not be eligible for a certificate, credit, or refund.

Change or Cancellation of a Workshop: Registration fees are non-refundable, if you do not show up for a scheduled class, you forfeit your registration fee.  If you need to cancel, you must call 410-313-1442 at least 24-hour in advance to transfer to another class or receive a credit for future use. Credit card refunds will not be given unless the Office of Children and Families (OCF) cancels the workshop. OCF reserves the right to change the location or instructor of a workshop. If a workshop is cancelled due to weather, instructor illness, etc., participants will be notified by 4:00 pm. If possible, the workshop will be rescheduled and an attempt to notify all participants by phone and/or email will be made. 

Workshops are designed for adults only; please make appropriate child care arrangements in advance.

If you need accommodations to attend a training workshop, please call (410) 313-1940 at least one week prior to the workshop.

What Are The Resource Center Training Workshop Guidelines?

  • Turned off or put in the silent or vibrate only mode
  • No texting, games, application use, etc. during the workshop
  • Please step out of the room to accept any phone calls
  • Show respect to all participants
    • Be mindful of comments or language which may offend others
    • Let others finish their comments without interruption or criticism  
  • Show respect to the trainer
    • Please refrain from holding side conversations
    • If you disagree with the trainer, please share your thoughts with respect
  • Please enter and exit the room quietly so as to not disturb others
  • Ask as many questions as you need, but please keep questions focused on the topic  
  • Share experiences responsibly
    • Be mindful of confidential information
    • Please keep sharing directly related to the topic
  • Enjoy your food responsibly
    • Dispose of all trash and recycling appropriately 
    • Clean up the area of any spills 
  • Leave the room in the condition you found it 
  • Please discard of trash and recycling in the appropriate bins 
  • Do not place containers with liquid in any trash or recycling bins; please empty liquid in bathroom sinks 

When Will I Receive My Training Workshop Certificate?

Trainers will administer assessments in written or verbal form at each workshop.

All certificates will be mailed to participants after the assessment scores have been validated, usually within 10 business days.  Those completing the Medication Administration course will generally receive the certificate at the end of the workshop after successful completion of the assessments and demonstration.  Those completing the CPR and/or First Aid Certification will receive the certification card after successful completion of the assessments and demonstrations.

How Can I Receive A Replacement Training Certificate?

Certificates are generally mailed within 10 business days after the workshop. Certificates which are not returned to the Office of Children and Families after mailing are considered replacement certificates.

Replacement training certificates may be requested either in writing or by phone call.  The following information is required to process your request:

  • Name of participant
  • Title of workshop
  • Date of workshop
  • Address to mail certificate
  • Contact phone number or e-mail
  • Payment information

Please call the Registrar at (410) 313-1442 or send the requested information by email to ocftraining@howardcountymd.gov

There is a $5.00 fee per replacement certificate issued for workshops that were held within a year of the request. For replacement certificates for workshops held beyond a year of the request, the fee is a $10.00. This can be paid by cash, check, or credit card.  Certificates will not be mailed until payment has been received.

 

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