Become A Licensed Family Child Care Provider in Howard County

Are you interested in becoming a licensed family child care provider in Howard County?

The first step is to complete a FREE required orientation workshop. Complete MSDE's online orientation or contact MSDE Office of Child Care at 410-750-8771 to register for the 3-hour in-person orientation workshop. This required informative workshop will help you understand the family child care licensing process and training requirements.

Are you looking for workshops which meet the MSDE Office of Child Care training requirements to open a licensed family child care?

After completing the required Family Child Care Orientation workshop,  applicants for a Family Child Care License must satisfy a series of training requirements determined by MSDE Office of Child Care. As of January 1, 2016 the following training workshops are required:

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

A 6-hour workshop on emergency and disaster preparedness in child care settings which includes completion of an emergency plan. Another workshop which satisfies this requirement is titled Project Security Blanket and is also 6 hours. If this workshop is scheduled for two evenings, you must attend both nights to receive a certificate.

SIDS: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care
SIDS is the sudden, unexplained death of a healthy infant under 12 months. The cause of SIDS is unknown, but there are ways to make babies in your care safer.

Family Child Care Provider Pre-Service Training (ONLINE ONLY)
Includes 6 four-hour workshops in Child Development, Curriculum, Health, Safety & Nutrition, Special Needs, Professionalism, and Community. 

(The Howard County Child Care Resource Center is not currently holding in-person 24-Hour Family Child Care Pre-Service. We are now offering the MSDE approved Family Child Care Pre-Service Series online as convenient way for you to complete this requirement. Visit to register for the online training (Family Child Care Pre-Service Series: A Comprehensive Initial Training for Family Child Care Providers).

FCCP: Professionalism Module - Covers supervision, abuse/neglect, guidance, record keeping, marketing, contracts, policies and procedures.
FCCP: Child Development Module - Explore child development concepts, growth and development stages and learning theories.
FCCP: Special Needs Module - Explore inclusive care, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and health, behavioral & developmental issues. 
FCCP: Curriculum Module - Create a curriculum, and design your space.
FCCP: Health & Safety Module - Covers basic health, safety, and nutrition concepts, including menu planning.

FCCP: Community Module - Learn about relationships with children and families.

Including All Children and the ADA
Explore the requirements of ADA for early care programs, examine best inclusionary practices, and learn about resources which can support you and your families.

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.

American Heart Association certified workshop with AED (Automatic External Defibrillation) certification. Upon successful completion of the class, a card will be issued and is good for two years.

First Aid Certification
American Heart Association certified workshop. Upon successful completion of the class, a card will be issued and is good for two years.

As of July 2017, the following training will also be required:

On Track: All Aboard for Developmental Screening
An overview of the developmental screening tools and the benefits of using one. A review of the MSDE/OCC regulation, effective communication with families and the referral process will be addressed. Discuss how to choose a developmental screening tool, appropriate collection of information regarding children and the on-going process of screening children.


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