Howard County Child Care Resource Center

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.  

THE TRAINING AND RESOURCE ROOMS HAVE A NEW LOCATION! 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

410-313-1940 (Voice/Relay)

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:

  • 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

Workshops are held at the Office of Children and Families

9830 Patuxent Woods Dr, Columbia, MD 21046

  • Registration and payment are required in advance for all classes
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  • To register by phone or for additional information, call 410-313-1442.

 

December Workshops

Including All Children and the ADA
Thur., Dec. 13 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
B. Egerton / 3 hrs SN
Including all children in your child care program can be challenging if you don’t understand what you are required to do. Come explore the requirements of ADA for early care programs, examine best inclusionary practices and learn about resources which can support you and your families.

Let’s Talk About The Story
Mon., Dec. 17 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
S. Peyser / 3 hrs CUR
Learn the importance of asking questions as you read a story to children. Discover ways to support developing language and vocabulary skills that will be crucial to later development. Plus, make a story glove to use in your program.


Conflict Resolution Strategies
Thur., Dec. 20 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
C. Bethke / 3 hrs PRO
When conflicts arise in child care, it’s important to know how to professionally and appropriately address the situation. Come examine what causes conflict, how to prevent conflict, strategies for handling a conflict, and ways to build and maintain positive relationships with coworkers, families, and friends.
 

January Workshops

Early Learning Assessment ELA
Tues., Jan. 8, 10; Thurs. 10, 17/ 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $100
J. Johnson / 12 hrs (8 PRO, 4 CD)
The Early Learning Assessment is a FREE tool through MSDE that was created to monitor a child’s progress over time, ensure that children are on the path to kindergarten readiness and to individualize learning for children. The training series is required for educators to access the Early Learning Assessment (ELA) and to use the tool kit in their early childhood program for children age 3-PreK. Participants who register for this training series need previous training in early childhood             assessment and observation to successfully complete the series and the assessment. For more information contact Joan Johnson, jmjohnson@howardcountymd.gov or 410-313-1432.

 

New!! Introduction to Sign Language
Tues., Jan. 8 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
L. Harris / 3 hrs 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. 


Introduction to NAFCC Accreditation
Wed., Jan. 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 PM / FREE
J. Johnson / 2 hrs PRO
This workshop will give an overview National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) accreditation.      Components include self-study, application, observation and award decision.  Workshop will explain the basics of family child care accreditation and will answer provider questions and concerns regarding the process, support groups, and funding. Contact Joan Johnson:                      jmjohnson@howardcountymd.gov for more information.


Infant/Child & Adult CPR/AED Certification
Thurs., Jan. 10 / 6:00 - 8:00 PM / $45
1st Alert CPR Training
Certified by the American Heart Association and valid for two years. Approved for child care licensing.


First Aid Certification
Thurs., Jan. 10 / 8:00 - 9:30 PM / $45
1st Alert CPR Training
Certified by the American Heart Association and valid for two years. Approved for child care licensing.


Basic Health and Safety Training
Tues., Jan. 15 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
B. Egerton / 3 hrs HSN
This training provides basic information about critical health and safety topics for all child care providers to meet the requirement of the licensing regulation regarding training in basic health and safety areas.  Key topics include: establishing and maintaining safe and healthy environments, teaching safe practices to prevent and reduce injuries, identification and reporting of abuse or neglect and proper sanitation practices and procedures.  Completion of this training does not meet requirements for specified training in Medication Administration, Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, CPR or First Aid.


Medication Administration
Wed., Jan. 16 / 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM / $60
C. Fleming / 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.

 

NEW!! Using Storytelling to Enhance Children’s Development
Thurs., Jan. 17 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
C. Bethke / 3 hrs CUR
Storytelling is an integral part of our lives.  We can enhance communication and encourage language development and social competence by expanding our capacity to tell stories.


Including All Children and the ADA
Mon., Jan. 28 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
B. Egerton / 3 hrs SN
Including all children in your child care program can be challenging if you don’t understand what you are          required to do. Come explore the requirements of ADA for early care programs, examine best inclusionary   practices and learn about resources which can support you and your families.


NEW!! Supporting Culturally Diverse Families                                         
Mon., Jan. 28 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28

S. Gold Raynes / 3 hrs (1.5 COM + 1.5 PRO)
Understanding the importance of building strong partnerships with families is essential to providing quality child care. Relationships built  on trust and respect are the cornerstone that allow children and adults to thrive in a caring community. In this workshop you will learn techniques and strategies to build partnerships with families.
 

February Workshops

NEW!! Successful Relationships Begin With You
Mon., Feb. 11 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
S. Gold Raynes / 3 hrs PRO
Why are relationships so important? Think about how often you are able to give one on one attention to a child and what that means to them. In this class, you will learn how to embed social interactions for children into their day, discover strategies to teach social skills and how to develop safe secure relationships with the children in your care.


NEW!! Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Child’s Perspective
Mon., Feb. 11 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
K. Reel / 3 hrs SN
This workshop will explore the world of autism as seen through the eyes of a child with a focus on the range and variance of symptoms as a spectrum disorder.


NEW!! Making Contracts and Policies Work for Your Family Child Care
Wed., Feb. 20 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
C. Bethke / 3 hrs (1.5 PRO, 1.5 CUR)
Educator’s learn the importance of putting everything in writing so there is no misunderstanding regarding what is expected of the child care provided and what is expected of the parent.  This helps child care providers understand the business side of child care and why it is important to create policies that they are willing to uphold and implement.


NEW!! Circle Time: You Can Make It Developmentally Appropriate  
Wed., Feb. 20 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
L. Watson / 3 hrs (1.5 PRO, 1.5 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. 


Infant/Child &  Adult CPR/AED Certification
Sat., Feb. 23 / 9:00 - 11:00 AM / $45
1st Alert CPR Training
Certified by the American Heart Association and good for two years. Approved for child care licensing.


First Aid Certification
Sat., Feb. 23 / 10:45 AM - 12:45 PM / $45
1st Alert CPR Training
Certified by the American Heart Association and valid for two years. Approved for child care licensing.


CPR and First Aid Re-Certification
Sat., Feb. 23 / 1:00 - 4:00 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 under the American Heart Association; certification is good for two years.


Medication Administration
Sat., Feb. 23 / 9:00 AM  - 3:30 PM / $60
C. Kemp / 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.


NEW!! Helping Children Cope: Recognizing and Responding to Childhood Trauma
Sat., Feb. 23 / 8:30 - 11:30 AM / $28
D. Tobin / 3 hrs CD
When a disaster or traumatic event occurs, such as a natural disaster or violent act, whether accidental or intentional, it can be stressful for people of all ages. Children tend to react to disaster and traumatic events based on their past experiences and what they know of the current situation. Participants will learn how to help children cope with trauma and how to respond to children who have experienced trauma.


Creating a Compassionate Classroom: Bullying
Sat., Feb. 23 / 12:00 - 3:00 PM / $28
D. Tobin / 3 hrs (2 COM, 1 CD)
Creating a caring early childhood environment reduces the need for children to assert themselves through negative behavior such as teasing and bullying. Early childhood professionals can address this behavior before it takes root and grows. This training is a guide to help make early childhood program safe and caring environments where all children feel welcome, accepted and respected.


Launch Into Learning Series
Tues., Feb. 26 / 6:30 - 8:30 PM / $70
HCPSS Staff / 14 hrs (7 CUR, 7 CD)
Feb. 26 - Classroom Environment, Fine Arts
Mar. 5 - Social Foundations
Mar. 12 - Mathematics
Mar. 19 - Language and Literacy
Mar. 26 - Physical Well-Being and Motor Develop.
Apr. 2 - Science
Apr. 9 - Social Studies
Location: 
Atholoton Elementary School
6700 Seneca Drive
Columbia, MD 21046

Launch Into Learning School Readiness Series is a training partnership between Howard County Public Schools (HCPSS) and the Howard County Office of Children and Families (OCF). The Launch Into Learning School Readiness Series, facilitated by HCPSS staff, focuses on kindergarten readiness and how early care and education professionals can support families with young children ages 3-5. Each session takes an in-depth look at a specific learning domain which is aligned with current  Maryland standards to ensure your program supports children in all areas of development.  Participants must attend all 7 sessions to receive a series completion certificate. Cost includes materials.
 

March Workshops

Working with Mixed Age Groups
Mon., Mar. 4 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
L. Watson / 3 hrs (2 CD, 1 CUR)
Working with a group of children who are different ages presents child care providers with unique challenges and opportunities. Learn strategies to overcome challenges, create daily schedules and meet the needs of each child.


Including All Children and the ADA
Mon., Mar. 4 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28 
K. Reel / 3 hrs SN
Including all children in your child care program can be challenging if you don’t understand what you are required to do. Come explore the requirements of ADA for early care programs, examine best inclusionary practices and learn about resources which can support you and your families.

 

MSDE Accreditation: Orientation
Wed., Mar. 6 / 1:00 - 3:00 PM / Free
J. Johnson / 2 hrs PRO
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. This workshop is required for programs (centers, preschools and nurseries only) pursuing MSDE Accreditation and Re-Accreditation. Contact Joan Johnson at jmjohnson@howardcountymd.gov for more information about the Steps to Accreditation series.

 

Medication Administration
Fri., Mar. 8 / 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.


Project Security Blanket
Tues., Mar. 12, Thurs.  Mar. 14 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $15
J. Johnson / 6 hrs (3 PRO + 3 HSN)
Develop a comprehensive plan to follow when a disaster occurs. Natural disasters, medical emergencies, technological hazards and family and community concerns (disgruntled parents, missing children, pandemic flu) will be covered. Ensure that your plan addresses special needs, notifying parents, sheltering, resources, evacuation and other possibilities!   Must attend both nights to receive a certificate.


New!! Encouraging Imaginative Play
Tues., Mar. 12 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
L. Watson / 3 hrs CUR
This training is designed to help us understand the        importance of imaginative play in children’s development through small/large group activities and discussions. Participants will identify relevant, responsive, and reflective strategies to spark creativity in the young child’s environment.


NEW!! Fun With Found Materials
Thurs., Mar. 14 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
L. Watson / 3 hrs CUR
Do you have a collection of ‘stuff’ that you are not sure what you could create with it? In this workshop, we will explore how to use found materials in a creative way and engage young children in the process.


Infant/Child & Adult CPR/AED Certification
Tuesday, Mar. 19 / 6:00 - 8:00 PM / $45
1st Alert CPR Training
Certified by the American Heart Association and valid for two years. Approved for child care licensing.


First Aid Certification
Tues., Mar. 19 / 8:00 - 9:30 PM / $45
1st Alert CPR Training
Certified by the American Heart Association and valid for two years. Approved for child care licensing.


Basic Health and Safety Training
Tues., Mar. 19 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
S. Gold Raynes / 3 hrs HSN
This training provides basic information about critical health and safety topics for all child care providers to meet the requirement of the licensing regulation regarding training in basic health and safety areas.  Key topics include: establishing and maintaining safe and healthy environments, teaching safe practices to prevent and reduce injuries, identification and reporting of abuse or neglect and proper sanitation practices and procedures.  Completion of this training does not meet requirements for specified training in Medication Administration, Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, CPR or First Aid.


NEW!! Talk With Me Howard County: Supporting Development in Infants/Toddlers Through Early Interactions
Tues., Mar. 26 / 7:00 - 9:00 PM/ $5    
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.  Talk With Me, is a partner initiative of the Howard County Public School System.                 LOCATION: Bollman Bridge Elementary School, Media Center 8200 Savage-Guilford Rd. Savage, MD 20794

April Workshops

NEW!! Lively Arts for Preschoolers
Tues., Apr. 2 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
K. Reel / 3 hrs CUR
This workshop focuses on exploring visual arts, music, drama and theatre, dance and art appreciation based upon The Arts as the Language of Children.  In this workshop, participants will develop strategies to use and support the arts throughout the early childhood environment.


New!! Messing Around With Science
Tues., Apr. 2 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
L. Watson / 3 hrs CUR
We all like to get a little messy every now and then! Children learn best when they can actually touch, see, smell, taste, hear, and manipulate their world. They are filled with wonder about the world around them. This workshop will provide ideas and activities for children to use their senses to discover and explore. Intermediate level


SIDS, SUID & Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths and Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care
Thurs., Apr. 4 / 6:30 - 9:00 PM / $25
J. Johnson / 2.5 hrs (2 HSN + 0.5 hrs Cont. Training)
SIDS is the sudden, unexplained death of a healthy infant under 12 months.   A SIDS class is required for family child care applicants and for any family provider seeking to become licensed for infant care.


Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care
Thurs., Apr. 4 / 6:30 - 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.


New!! Managing Stress at Any Age    
Thurs., Apr. 4 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
C. Bethke / 3 hrs (2 HSN, 1 PRO)
This training is designed to increase participants’ knowledge of stress and how to manage its symptoms.  This training introduces participants to ‘good’ and ‘bad’ stress as well as other types of stress such as acute stress and post traumatic stress disorder. participants will learn initial signs and symptoms of each type of stress and examine the similarities and differences of stress in infants, toddlers, preschool children, school-aged children, adolescents and adults.


New!! PURPLE Tears: Adults’ Impact on Infant Emotional Intelligence
Thurs., Apr. 4 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
K. Reel / 3 hrs CD
This workshop explores the period of PURPLE crying to identify child care and family caregivers’ impact on infant emotional development and competence. Participants will consider and develop strategies to support families’ ability to cope through this infant phase and other challenging times of child development.


Teaching Problem Solving Throughout the Day
Mon., Apr. 8 / 6:30 - 9:30 PM / $28
L. Watson / 3 hrs CD
Problem solving skills are an essential part of a young child’s development and must be taught using intentional strategies during daily activities as you explore how they affect children later in life.

 

Medication Administration
Sat., Apr. 27 / 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM / $60
M. Morris-Long / 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.


Infant/Child & Adult CPR/AED Certification
Sat., Apr. 27 / 9:00 - 11:30 AM / $45
1st Alert CPR Training
Certified by the American Heart Association and good for two years. Approved for child care licensing.


First Aid Certification
Sat., Apr. 27 / 10:45 AM - 1:15 PM / $45
1st Alert CPR Training
Certified by the American Heart Association and good for two years. Approved for child care licensing.


CPR and First Aid Re-Certification
Sat., Apr. 27 / 1:00 - 4:00 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 under the American Heart Association; certification is good for two years. Certification Only


New!! Fostering a Father Friendly Environment
Sat., Apr. 27 / 8:30 - 10:30 AM / $20
K. Reel / 2 hrs COM
Today’s fathers are very involved in their children’s lives.  Participants will learn ways to help involve fathers in their programs.  This workshop includes information regarding the importance of fathers/male role models, father/child activities, parent’s rights and the importance of being neutral as a child care provider.


NEW!! Parent Handbook
Sat., Apr. 27 / 11:00 - 1:00 PM / $20
K. Reel / 2 hrs PRO
Participants will learn how policies and procedures contained in a parent handbook can communicate to families how their child care program operates. Child care providers will identify specific policies and procedures required at the different MD EXCELS rating levels.


NEW!! What Happened to the World?  Helping Children Cope             
Sat., Apr. 27 / 1:30 - 3:30 PM / $20
K. Reel / 2 hrs COM 
Adults largely set the emotional landscape for children.  Children depend on us to be strong, to know what is happening and to guide them through turbulent times.  Learn ideas and language for responding to children’s questions and reactions during these times.

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? 

When: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 6:30-9:30 pm or Tuesday, March 19, 6:30-9:30 pm

Cost: $28 phone/mail or $25.20 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 Sept - Dec 2018 

View or print the Training Calendar Jan - April 2019

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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?

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 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.