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.
3300 North Ridge Road, Suite 380 Ellicott City, MD 21043
As a member of the Maryland Statewide 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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View or print the current Nest and Training Calendar (January - April 2018) NEW!!
View or print the current Training Calendar Only (January - April 2018)
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.
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!
NEW! 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.
Want to attend the in-person 3-hour Basic Health and Safety Training?
(All upcoming Basic and Safety Training workshops will display)
When is the training required to be taken?
How will training updates work?
Taken annually based on date of employment.
Yearly update will be online for providers and staff to read, sign and put in their file.
The yearly Health and Safety Training update can be taken online or in a face-to-face format.
Our Resource Room includes a library of books on child development, curriculum, business skills, and other topics that are important to child care providers and center staff. You will also find equipment that can be useful to you in enhancing your program: a laminator, die-cut machines, a copier, and a book-binding machine. Anyone who works with children is welcome to use the Resource Room - family provider or center staff, home-schoolers, teachers at public, private, or religious schools, scout leaders, etc.
Use of the die-cut machine is free if you bring your own paper; otherwise, you are charged by the sheet (see price list above).
We have 4" Upper and Lower Case Alphabet & Numbers, 1” Upper and Lower Case Alphabet , puzzle makers, game pieces, lacing die cuts and over 125 objects. View a List of Die Cuts in Resource Room
Looking for some Winter die cuts? The Resource Room die cuts are free to use if you bring your own paper!
Our library contains hundreds of books, videos, and journals on such topics as Child Development, Special Needs, Family Child Care Professionals, Activities and Curriculum, and Health and Nutrition. Providers are encouraged to apply for library cards, and may be check out up to 3 items for 2 weeks at a time.
We stock many current publications, catalogs, and information sheets from different sources, and visitors are welcome to browse and pick up anything they need.
For more information about our Resource Room, please call 410-313-1940 (voice/relay) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nest newsletter and training calendar, published three times per year, is a 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 and conferences, and events.
The Nest Newsletter and Training Calendar January - April 2018 NEW!!
View or print past issues of The Nest Newsletter and Training Calendar
Subscribe to our E-Blast and receive training, MSDE regulation and office updates!
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.
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 at these workshops to learn more about how and why to become accredited.
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.
These classes are open only to preschool and center directors and owners; other teachers may enroll only with permission of the instructor. All classes meet in the OCF training room (3300 N. Ridge Rd., Suite 360, Ellicott City, MD). The first class in the series is FREE; classes 2-4 are $28 each. You are welcome to register for just one class or for the complete series.
Payment Options: Register online, call 410-313-1940, or mail registration form to: Howard County OCF, 3300 N. Ridge Rd., Suite 380, Ellicott City, MD 21043
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Office of Child Care adopted new regulations in 2015 which require child care providers to complete four new workshops. Some of the regulated workshops are proposed regulations which have not yet taken effect, but it is recommend to plan ahead and include all of the following workshops in your professional development plan.
Including All Children and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Deadline: January 1, 2016
Who: Directors, Lead Teachers, Assistant Teachers & Family Providers
Deadline: January 1, 2016
Who: Family Providers (Previous regulation for centers is unchanged.)
Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care
Deadline: January 1, 2016
Who: Directors, Infant/Toddler Staff & Family Providers
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 scheduled September 14 - November 9, 2017, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. To successfully complete the course, participants must attend the mandatory first and last sessions on 9/14/17 and 11/09/2017 and complete a minimum of 13 out of the 15 sessions. Sessions are held on the following Tuesdays and Thursdays:
September 14, 19, 26, 28
October 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
November 2, 7, 9
Register Online for The In-Person 45-Hour Infant and Toddler: Methods and Materials
Can't attend the in-person 45-Hour Infant and Toddler series? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
Registration is on a first-come, first served basis. Payment is required at the time of registration. All 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 online until 2:00 pm and by phone until 4:00 pm if space permits; call (410) 313-1442 to check availability. 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: If you cannot attend a workshop you have registered for, notify us at least 24 hours in advance to receive a credit for future use. Refunds will not be given unless The Office of Children and Families (OCF) cancels the workshop. If there are extenuating circumstances on the day of a workshop which require you to cancel your attendance, please call (410) 313-1442 and leave a message. Messages must be left on the day of the workshop to be considered. Same-day cancellations are handled on a case-by-case basis and may require documentation from the participant.
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.
Replacement training certificates must be requested either in writing or by phone call. Please call the Registrar at (410) 313-1442 or send an email to email@example.com. 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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