Initial Family Child Care Training

Are you interested in pursuing your family child care license 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 the workshops which meet the 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:

This is 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 Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and is also 6 hours. Must attend both nights to receive a certificate.

SIDS: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome *

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. * Includes “Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care” Certificate

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.


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