The Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS) facilities, including 50+ Centers, the Loan
Closet, Patuxent Woods offices, and the Multiservice Center, will make all reasonable attempts to open on
time in the event of inclement weather. Please call the DCRS Inclement Weather Line at 410-313-7777(voice/relay) to learn of any delayed openings or
Additional Inclement Weather updates can be found at:
https://www.howardcountymd.gov/DCRS Please Click Here to View the Inclement Weather Policy
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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.
Please call for Evening and Weekend Hours
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:
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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
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.
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 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 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 January 2020-April 2020
View or print past issues of The Nest Newsletter
Keep up to date with Child Care News and Training Updates!
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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!
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 email@example.com.
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)
Contact Joan Johnson,Technical Assistance Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-313-1432.
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
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.
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 email@example.com or calling 410-313-1432. For other questions, please call (410) 313-1940.
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!
Inclement Weather Cancellations Call the DCRS Inclement Weather Line at 410-313-7777(voice/relay) Additional Inclement Weather Updates can be found at: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Community-Resources-and-Services & https://www.facebook.com/HoCoCommunity/
If Howard County Public Schools are delayed or closed, DCRS classes and programs status is as follows:
• 2-hour school delay – DCRS facilities will open on time. All classes and programs scheduled before 11am are canceled.
• Schools closed – DCRS facilities will strive to open on time. All classes and programs are canceled.
• If Howard County Public Schools cancel evening and weekend activities -- DCRS facilities will be closed for evening hours and classes canceled after 4:30pm.
For weekend activities, all classes will be cancelled. Should the weather deteriorate, please call or check the operating status before going to the DCRS facility. All DCRS facilities are closed when Howard County Government is closed.
Office of Children & Families (410) 313-1442
Office of Commuinity Resources Main Line (410) 313-6400
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.
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.
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:
Please call the Registrar at (410) 313-1442 or send the requested information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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