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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 courses 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)
    • Child Care Teacher Infant/Toddler 90 hrs = Child Growth & Development (45 hrs), Infant & Toddler Care (45 hrs) & Communication Skills (9 hrs)
    • Child Care Teacher School Age 90 hrs = Child Growth & Development (45 hrs), School Age Curriculum (45 hrs) & Communication Skills (9 hrs)
    • 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
  • Online Course Guidelines & Tips

    Are you thinking about taking an online class or did you recently sign up for one? Below, please see some information to help you prepare for an online class.

    Getting Started

    Before You Register for an Online Class

    • You will need access to a computer, the internet and email to take an online course. Sufficient computer skills are required, including using a word processing program to write and save your work on your computer.
    • You must provide an email address when you register. If your email address or other contact information has changed since your last class, please call 443-518-4944 to request a Change of Information form. The online registration system will not pick up changes of information.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to know how and when to log in to the online class. As soon as you have registered, email knavarro@howardcc.edu to request log in instructions. Your access to the course will be effective the start date of class, but you  may practice logging in as soon as you receive the instructions.
    • Online classes fill up quickly, so if you're thinking about signing up for a class it's best to register early!

    Accessing Your Online Class on Canvas

    Please note: You will need to know your student ID number to log on. Your ID number is printed on your registration receipt. Don’t have a receipt? Howard students contact Registration: 443-518-4825 or ContinuingEducation@howardcc.edu.  Other college students contact your home college where you registered. Difficulty with Log In, User Name or Password? Contact the CPE Office:  443-518-4944.

    Please allow up to a day after registering for your Canvas course access to be set up. If the class has not started yet, wait until the first class date to begin work. Once you log in, you can locate your instructor’s contact information by clicking on the “Syllabus.”

    How to Log on to your course, Student Log in Information, and Other Exceptions.

    How to Log On to your Course
    1. Open a web browser and navigate to http://www.howardcc.edu
    2. Click on the “Tools and Resources” link located on the upper right hand corner above the search box.
    3. Select “Canvas” from the menu.
    4. Click the “Continuing Education Student” button.
    5. Login using Canvas Login: User Name and Password (see below.)
    6. Once you are logged in, click on “Courses” to select your course.
    7. If you are enrolled in multiple courses, use the same log in. Once you are logged in, click on “Courses” to select between your courses.

    Please note: You will need to know your student ID number to log on. Your ID number is printed on your registration receipt. Don’t have a receipt? Howard students contact Registration: 443-518-4825 or ContinuingEducation@howardcc.edu. Other college students contact your home college where you registered. Difficulty with Log In, User Name or Password? Contact the CPE Office: 443-518-4944.

    Student Log in Information

    User Name: the first character of your first name + the first seven characters of your last name + the last four digits of your student ID number, all in lower case. If your last name has fewer than 7 letters, use the entire last name.
    Password: your full 7 digit student ID number (on your receipt)
    College  - User name Example -  Password Example
    Howard CC -  astudent4567 - 1234567

    *Other County Community College (not Howard) students:
    User Name is: the first character of your first name + the first seven characters of your last name + the last four digits of your student ID number + .ALL (Allegany) or .BCC (Baltimore city) or .CCC (Carroll CC) or .CEC (Cecil CC) .CHE (Chesapeake) or .FCC (Frederick) or .HAG (Hagerstown) (see exceptions below)


    Password is your full 7 digit home college student ID number (see exceptions below)

    • College - User name Example -  Password Example
    • Allegany College - astudent4567.ALL -  0123456
    • Baltimore City CC astudent4567.BCC  - 1234567
    • Carroll CC astudent4567.CCC  - 1234567
    • Cecil CC astudent4567.CEC  - 0012345 or 0123456
    • Chesapeake College astudent4567.CHE - 1234567
    • Frederick CC astudent2345.FCC  - 7712345
    • Hagerstown CC astudent4567.HAG - 1234567

    Other exceptions:

    • Allegany students - password: add 0 (zeros) in front of your ID number as needed to make 7 digits. Passwords must be 7 digits.
    • Baltimore City students receive their user name and password in a separate email.
    • Frederick students: Use the online registration student number (a 5 digit number) on the registration confirmation. Password: add 77 in front of the 5 digit online registration number to make 7 digits.
    • Cecil students- Password- add zeros (0) in front of your ID number as needed to make 7 digits. Passwords must be 7 digits.

    Buying Textbooks

    • Most courses have a required textbook. Printed textbooks can be purchased at the HCC Bookstore or online at HCC's Bookstore or from a seller of your choice. You may also purchase e-textbooks directly from the publisher at coursesmart.com
    • The book list for courses includes the following:

    Course

    Textbook

    Child Care Administration

    Developing and Administering a Child Care and Education Program 9th Edition

    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.




     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Once the Class Starts

    • There are no face-to-face meetings in all online classes. However, some online classes offer an optional in-person orientation. This means that you do not have to attend the orientation in person, but have the option to do so.
    • You are expected to log in as of the first class date.

    Certificates

    OPEN ENTRY online courses: Certificates will be emailed to students who have passed the class, at the end of the term (after the last class date). If you need to show completion before the certificates are issued, print the Grades page showing your final score and submit this to your licensing specialist or director. Students who need to meet licensing deadlines and the Grades page is not sufficient may put their licensing specialist or employer in contact with HCC to verify course completion until the certificates are issued. Contact: clui@howardcc.edu if you have questions about certificates.

  • Textbook Information

    Most courses have a required textbook. Printed textooks can be purchased at the HCC Bookstore or online at www.howardcc.bncollege.com. or from a seller of your choice. You may also purchase e-textbooks directly from the publisher's website at coursesmart.com. The book list for courses includes the following:

    Course Textbook
    Child Care Administration Developing and Administering a Child Care and Education Program 9th Edition
    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. Training is offered in six 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. Call 443-518-4049 for more information.

  • STEM-Focused Preschool Curriculum 45 Hours

    Do you need preschool child care teacher certification and would you like to focus on STEM curriculum planning (science, technology, engineering and math)? Would you like to take a series of short classes rather than one long course? Take these classes one at a time, in any order, or in sequence, and when you complete all of them you will have earned the curriculum half of 90 hours for preschool child care teachers. This is an alternative to Child Care Certification II: Curriculum. If you already have your certification, you may take any of the STEM classes as Continued Training instead.
    • Preschool Curriculum Planning Essentials (9 hrs.)
    • Planting the Seeds of STEM (6 hrs.)
    • The S in STEM-Science (6 hrs.)
    • The T in STEM-Technology (6 hrs.)
    • The E in STEM-Engineering (6 hrs.)
    • The M in STEM-Math (6 hrs.)
    • STEAM Ahead With Arts Activities (6 hrs.)

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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"HCC’s 90-hour certification program has truly been a gateway for my career! I’m now working as a lead teacher with full benefits and considering taking an additional 45 hours at HCC for director certification." -- -- Courtney, Lead Teacher
Financial Aid
Financial aid may be available for applicable candidates. Applications must be submitted at least three weeks before the class start date.
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