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:

  • Assists parents in locating licensed child care and with the MSDE Child Care Scholarship Program
  • 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.

The Resource Center is open 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Monday to Friday, with a few exceptions. The Emergency Status Hotline is 410-313-7777.

The Resource Center follows the Howard County Government holiday observance schedule.

Please call for Evening and Weekend Hours 

410-313-1940 (Voice/Relay)

Save the Date for our Spring Professional Development Institute!


Autism - The Art of Learning


Saturday, May 11 • 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Harriet Tubman Cultural Center
8045 Harriet Tubman Ln, Columbia, MD 21044
$50 per person (includes continental breakfast and lunch)

This workshop will introduce the local support and services offered by the Autism Society of Maryland in Howard County. With more than 30 years of supporting local autistic individuals and their families, the nonprofit is often the first stop for information and resources. New initiatives, longtime programs, and activities to increase acceptance, inclusion, and understanding of autism will be shared. Our keynote session part 2 will share the Nuts and Bolts of Early Intervention Services in Howard County Public Schools. This session will cover the wide range of services and evidence-based practices offered by HCPSS for young children who qualify for an Individual Family Service Plan or Individual Education Program from Birth to Kindergarten. This includes specific strategies and methodologies which may be used for children with suspected/known autism. There will also be opportunities to discuss the similarities and differences between the public-school offerings and private educational centers and clinics. The final hour will include a panel discussion with HCPSS Special Educators. The panel of several special educators from will address a variety of common classroom-based challenges by providing strategies and "think abouts.” Questions from registrants will be invited in advance and during the panel.


MSDE Approval Number: CWO-162395

COK Hours - 4 SN 

*Registration will open in March! 



Upcoming Trainings


Contact Information


Workshops are held virtually through Webex and in person by the Department of Community Resources and Services' Office of Children and Families, 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046, unless otherwise noted.

*Online registration only* For questions, contact: Training Coordinator, Ashton Sullivan at [email protected] or Lashae Bennett at [email protected].


Cultivating Creative Problem Solvers - In Person


Thursday Feb. 22, 2024 6:30 - 9:30 $5 

N.Pontoriero 3 CD

Teachers lose valuable instruction time to time spent mediating conflicts between students. In this training participants will learn how to teach their young students to manage their emotions and resolve conflicts collaboratively with their peers. Participants will also practice appropriate responses to resolving conflict.


Chatting with Children: Interactions That Go Places - In Person


Mon. Feb. 26 / 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM / $5

L. Rhodes 3 CUR 

Chatting with children is a very basic way to share information as children go about their play. Sitting and talking about what is going on both teacher and child can learn. A teacher can make observations that lead to lesson planning; and the child can gain new vocabulary, synthesize information, and talk about their project which gives them new insight and leads to knowledge building.


Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Child's Perspective


Wed. February 28 / 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Virtual $5
G. Ferentinos 3 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


All Our Kin - In Person


In Person
Mon. February 26th – May 20th $0
6:30 – 9:30pm 3.0 HSN, 25.0 PRO, 6.0 COM

K.Reel and L.Hendricks The business series is designed to offer programmatic and operational coaching and support for Family Child Care providers to build their capacity as business owners. The 10-week series will cover contracts, policies, marketing, risk management, accounting and record keeping. The comprehensive series will provide systems and practices to enhance programming, boost enrollment, augment financial sustainability, and further grow your Family Child Care business. The series is offered in-person and attendance is required for each session. Participants must have their own computer or laptop and a basic understanding of computer systems. (No Class 3/25, 4/1)


Elevate and Empower: Training Teachers as Young Scientist - In Person


Friday. March 8 / 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM / Free
Saturday March 9 9:00am - 12:00pm 


*Both Sessions are the Same 

Key Points:

• Significance of science exposure in the first 5 years

• How to incorporate science into everyday teaching

• The benefits science provides to children

• How science can be used to support emotional and social needs

• How messy play can be great for growth

• Benefits of lab equipment in a young classroom/center

• How safety and a clean organized environment creates successful science learning

• Step-by-step presentation guides, and the usefulness of visual learning modalities

• The “why” behind lab science

• The “science behind the labs”

• Troubleshooting science tips

• How lab stations can keep kids engaged

• Prepping ahead of time for teacher sanity


Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Recognizing the Essentials - Virtual


Tues. March 12 / 6:30 – 9:30PM / $5
S. Burke 3 CUR

This training teaches child care teachers the essentials Developmentally Appropriate Practice (known as DAP) so that teachers can use knowledge about child development to create a program that is suitable for the age and stage of development of their children in their group. It covers the 5 essentials of DAP which are age appropriateness, individual appropriateness, child-guided and teacher guided experiences, cultural and social responsiveness, and play.


Fostering a Father Friendly Environment - Virtual


Wed. March 13 / 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM / $5
A. Sullivan 2 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.


So What Are PAUs and How Do I Get Them? - Virtual


Thurs. March 14 / 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM / $5

M.Hill 2 COM
Participation in activities that contribute to the professional growth and career development are important to maintain a high level of professionalism. In this workshop we will take a look at professional activities and how they can be applied to the MD Child Care Credentialing program.


Eat, Learn, Grow Literacy and STEM


Thurs. March 14 1:30 - 2:30 pm 

Thur. March 14 7:00 - 8:00pm 

L.Hendricks N.Pontoriero H. Anthony 

Children’s books lend themselves to lots of creative and developmentally appropriate activities. Join us virtually March 14th, as we explore children’s picture book titles and planning for a variety of extension activities based on those books. This ELG group session will focus on Literacy and STEM.

Sessions are free, and participants may earn 1 Professional Activity Unit (PAU). All PAU letters will be emailed within 10 business days. A participant who attends a chat session can receive only 1 PAU within the same calendar year.


Beyond Management: How to Be an Effective Leader - In Person


Mon. March 18 / 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM / $5

E. Benemerito 3 PRO

In this workshop, participants will recognize differences between leadership and management and identify specific characteristics of people whom they consider to be effective leaders.


The Basics: How Children Learn to Think - Count, Group, and Compare (NEW) - In Person

Mon. March 25 / 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM / $5 G. Ferentinos 2 CUR The Basics aims to bolster brain development for social-emotional and cognitive skill building among children ages 0-5 as a sturdy foundation for school readiness. This program believes every child can be provided fun, simple, and powerful ways to enhance their brain development. There are five pillars used to encourage parents and care providers to support social-emotional and cognitive development of children. The activities included for each pillar will emphasize the importance of building that skill, how parents and caregivers are essential in facilitating skill development of young children, and opportunities for children to become better learners for the future.

Discipline vs. Guidance: Teaching Strategies the Engage Children and Reduce Challenging Behavior (New) - Virtual


Mon. March 25 / 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM / $5
A.Sullivan 1 CD 2 CUR

Enhance your classroom with techniques that enable children to thrive in their learning environment, where communication strategies positively guide behavior, where self-regulation is developed, and where problem-solving strategies are specific and effective. The focus is on strategies which heighten skills and reduce challenging behavior.


Healthy Children Through Nutrition and Physical Activity - Virtual


Wed. March 27 6:30 - 9:30 pm $5

S. Burke 3 HSN 

Our nations’ children are at risk for being the first generation that may have a shorter life span than their parents due to poor nutrition and lack of physical activity.  This training will help the child care teaches be better informed about the food choices, how to prepare a balanced, healthy menu, and creative movement activities to do throughout the day to increase the physical fitness levels of children in their care.  Appropriate for preschool and school age programs.

Training Resources


Monthly Eblast & Training Calendar


The CCRC Eblast e-newsletter and training calendar, published monthly, is an electronic publication of the Howard County Office of Children and Families for early care and education professionals! Learn about up coming trainings, resources that are available to assist you in your professional development, services offered by the CCRC, upcoming family workshops, conferences and events.


Subscribe to The Eblast Newsletter


Virtual and In-Person Calendar Training


Don't have an account yet? You can still view the upcoming workshops by clicking the Register for In-Person Training button. Create your new account for easy online registration at your convenience day or night!

Training workshops are held at 9830 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046.

MSDE Child Care Training Approval Number: CKO-156225; PSO-3569, CTO-7406


January Training Calendar 

February Training Calendar 

March Training Calendar 


Additional Trainings with ProSolutions


For new and approved, expanded workshop offerings that meet Maryland child care requirements, coaching and support on all aspects of owning and operating a child care in Maryland. Courses are available through the MCCRN, a program of Maryland Family Network.  



The Resource Room


Our resource room is open Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:45pm. One stop shop to create materials for your classroom or child care center! 

Our resource room includes:

Large Laminator - $1.00 per foot

Copier (0.20 cents per sheet black and white photo copies), (0.25 cents per sheet color copies) (0.15 cents for copies on paper provided by customer)

Paper available for purchase (White paper 0.10 cents per sheet) (Construction paper, Card Stock, or Colored Paper 0.15 cents per sheet)

Lending Library which includes the following books: https://teachingstrategies.my.site.com/portal/s/article/What-is-the-Teaching-Strategies-Children-s-Book-Collection-in-The-Creative-Curriculum-for-Preschool

The books can be checked out by child care providers and families

Our bulletin boards contain extension activities for the seasons that can be copied/ recreated to use in your program!

Die Cuts - Over 500 die-cuts, including weather, seasons, alphabet, and numbers. Die cuts are free to use if you bring your own paper! 

Computer lab with 6 computers connected to printers

Book Binding - 0.50 cents per item


*All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times in the resource room. 

Child Care Resources


Early Childhood Grants, Programming and Initiatives


Information about Child Care for Families, Child Care Providers, Early Childhood Grants, Programming, and Initiatives on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 


Locate Child Care


A free personalized resource, referral and counseling service to help parents choose quality child care to meet their needs.  If you’re a parent of a child with special needs or would like to speak with a Referral Specialist in Spanish, please call LOCATE: Child Care Enhanced Services at 1-800-999-0120.  

Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Contact: 877-261-0060

LOCATE: Child Care is a free, personalized resource and referral counseling service designed to help parents choose a quality child care program that meets their needs.

LOCATE: Child Care maintains a computerized listing of all Howard County:

  • Registered family child care homes
  • Licensed center-based programs
  • Certified camps
  • Certified nursery schools
  • Head Start programs
  1. Parents can use the Child Care Referral Request Form for assistance in locating child care. A LOCATE Counselor will contact you with your referrals within three business days.
  2. If you prefer to receive referrals by phone, call 877-261-0060 to speak with a LOCATE counselor regarding your child care needs.
  3. You may search for referrals in the online Maryland statewide database.

LOCATE: Child Care Provider Update
Maryland Family Network’s LOCATE: Child Care is a comprehensive directory of child care offerings throughout the state. Because parents regularly visit this site to make informed decisions about child care, it is critically important that information be accurate and updated. The more complete your listing is, the better MFN can help parents find and choose your child care program.

Complaints or Concerns about a Child Care Provider?

Please visit the website of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network to read the official complaint policy and learn how to register any complaints you might have regarding a caregiver. You can also call the Office of Child Care at 410-750-8771.

Need additional help finding child care to meet your needs? Call the CARE Line at 410-313-CARE (2273) for additional resources.


Childcare Scholarship Program


The Child Care Scholarship (CCS) (formerly known as Child Care Subsidy) Program provides financial assistance with child care costs to eligible working families in Maryland. The program is managed through a centralized vendor -- Child Care Subsidy Central (CCS Central).

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 Lisa Hendricks by calling 410-313-3667.


How Many Hours of Child Care Training Do I Need?



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 Lisa Hendricks,Technical Assistance Specialist at 410-313-3667
Contact the Howard County Office of Child Care at 410-750-8771.

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 Lisa Hendricks 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 Lisa Hendricks at 410-313-3667.

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 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 Lisa Hendricks, Technical Assistance Specialist by calling 410-313-3667. 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 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. 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?


Inclement Weather Cancellations Call the DCRS Inclement Weather Line at 410-313-7777(voice/relay) Additional Inclement Weather Updates can be found at this page or on our Facebook page

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 Community Resources Main Line (410) 313-6400


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?


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:

  • Name of participant
  • Title of workshop
  • Date of workshop
  • Address to mail certificate
  • Contact phone number or e-mail
  • Payment information

Please call the Registrar at (410) 313-5992 or Email: [email protected]

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 $10.00. This can be paid by cash, check, or credit card. Certificates will not be mailed until payment has been received.

Quick Links:

Maryland State Child Care Association: https://mscca.org/

Maryland State Family Child Care Association: https://www.msfcca.org/

Maryland AEYC: https://mdaeyc.org/

The Family Child Care Alliance of Maryland: https://www.familychildcarealliance.org/

National Association of Family Child Care: https://nafcc.org/

National Association for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC): https://www.naeyc.org/

Child Care Aware of America: https://www.childcareaware.org/

Ready at Five: https://www.readyatfive.org/

Zero to Three: https://www.zerotothree.org/

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