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Early Childhood Education & Child Care

If you want to work in the child care and early education field or if you are trying to determine whether you would like to start your own child care center or family child care business, then you are at the right place!

Child Care Certification Preparation & Professional Development
HCC's Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development early childhood education and child care college programs are continually revised and updated to address new state requirements. Courses also meet annual continued training for child care teachers, directors, and family providers as required by MSDE. 

Early Childhood Education & Child Care Courses for the Current Term

  • Requirements for Child Care Positions

    Child care position titles and corresponding courses offered at HCC are listed below:

    • Child Care Teacher Preschool 90 hrs = Child Growth & Development (45 hrs) , Preschool Curriculum & Activities (45 hrs) & Communication Skills (9 hrs), Including all Children and the ADA, Basic Health and Safety Training
    • Child Care Teacher Infant/Toddler 90 hrs = Child Growth & Development (45 hrs), Infant & Toddler Care (45 hrs) & Communication Skills (9 hrs), Including all Children and the ADA, Basic Health and Safety Training, Supporting Breastfeeding 
    • Child Care Teacher School Age 90 hrs = Child Growth & Development (45 hrs), School Age Curriculum (45 hrs) & Communication Skills (9 hrs), Including all Children and the ADA, Basic Health and Safety Training
    • Child Care Director = Teacher 90 hrs (above) plus Child Care Administration
    • Family Child Care Provider = Family Child Care Pre-Service, SIDS, Emergency Prep & CPR/First Aid, Including all Children and the ADA, Basic Health and Safety Training, Supporting Breastfeeding, Medication Administration, Emergency Preparedness
  • Textbook Information

    Most courses have a required textbook. Printed textbooks, eBooks, rentals, and materials can be purchased at the HCC Bookstore or online at www.howardcc.bncollege.com, or from a seller of your choice. The book list for courses includes the following:

    Course

    Textbook

    Child Care Administration

    Purchase EITHER the access key with ebook OR the access key and looseleaf book, available at the HCC Bookstore.

    Child Growth and Development
    45 Hours

    Developmental Profiles 8th Edition (Cengage)

    Preschool Curriculum & Activities
    45 Hours

    Preschool Appropriate Practices, Environment, Curriculum and Development 4th Edition (Cengage)

    School Age Child Care Curriculum
    45 Hours

    Caring for School Age Children 6th Edition (Cengage)

    Infant and Toddler Care 45 Hours

    No textbook purchase. MSDE's Healthy Beginnings text is included as a download within the online course.

  • Maryland Child Care Credentialing Program

    The Maryland Child Care Credentialing Program is a voluntary program that recognizes child care providers who go beyond the requirements of State licensing and registration regulations. The Maryland Department of Human Resources Child Care Administration has established six credential levels, each one recognizing a child care provider's achievement for a specified number of clock hours, experience, and professional activities.

    Benefits of participation include cash bonus awards and vouchers or reimbursement for child care training classes. Howard Community College offers classes in the six required content areas:

    C-Curriculum
    D-Child Development
    H-Health, Safety, and Nutrition
    L-Community
    P-Professionalism
    S-Special Needs

    In order to participate in the program, you must submit a completed application and all required documentation to the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Credentialing. Benefits of participation include cash bonus awards and vouchers or reimbursement for child care training classes. Contact Child Care Central 866-243-8796 or email cccredential@seros.com for more information.

  • I Am Moving, I Am Learning! Courses

    I Am Moving, I Am Learning! (IMIL) courses focus on Movement, Music and Nutrition education for child care professionals, teachers and parents. This collection of fun-filled, hands-on, interactive courses for teachers and caregivers is focused on increasing physical activity and promoting healthy nutrition choices for children birth to 5. The I am Moving, I am Learning program was developed in partnership with Head Start, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, and Pennsylvania State University Extension. For each 4 hour class you complete, you will earn a CEU certificate and Maryland Core of Knowledge credit. In our schedule of classes, look for courses with “IMIL” in the title.

    • Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity Every Day! 2 HR (Health, Safety and Nutrition) & Activities for All 2 HR (Special Needs)
    • Body Language: A Movement Vocabulary of Young Children 2 HR (1 HR Curriculum/1 HR Child Development)  & Observing and Evaluating Motor Skills of Young Children 2 HR (Child Development/Curriculum)
    • Making the Most of your Music 2 HR (Curriculum) & Moving With the Brain in Mind 2 HR (Child Development)
    • Nutrition Building Blocks 2 HR (Health Safety and Nutrition) & Opportunity Knocks 2 HR (Health Safety and Nutrition)
    • Move, Play, and Learn at Home 2 HR (Community) & Take It Outside 2 HR (Health, Safety and Nutrition)
    • Birth to Five: Introduction to Motor Development 2 HR (Child Development)
  • SEFEL Professional Certificate in Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

    Need support? SEFEL can help you handle challenging behaviors and support social competence in your program. Earn a professional certificate or take individual classes. Designed for teachers and child care providers of children ages birth-8. For each class you complete, you will earn a CEU certificate and Maryland Core of Knowledge credit. If you complete the entire series, you will be eligible for a special SEFEL training certificate. SEFEL (Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning) promotes social and emotional development and school readiness and has a proven track record of success here in Maryland.

    • Promoting Children’s Success: Building Relationships and Creating Supportive Environments (SEFEL 1)

    • Social Emotional Teaching Strategies (SEFEL 2)

    • Individualized Intensive Interventions: Determining the Meaning of Challenging Behavior (SEFEL 3a)

    • Individualized Intensive Interventions: Developing a Behavior Support Plan (SEFEL 3b)

Customized Training

Stretch your staff training budget by training groups at one low cost. Organizations can arrange for employer group training to take our courses at your location, at the college or even online.

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