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Family Child Care Provider

Are you interested in running your own in-home child care center in Maryland? Do you want the flexibility of being your own boss and setting your own business terms? Learn how to provide a safe, supportive environment and the best quality of care with this important state-approved training.

Certificate code: CE.CHILD-FAM-CARE

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What is the job outlook?
Demand for qualified and certified in-home day care providers in Maryland, especially for infant and toddlers, is on the rise as more parents must work full time. In fact, it is estimated that 75 percent of the total population of children younger than 12 have mothers in the workforce. The average annual salary for family child care providers is nearly $29,000.

What is the training?
Training consists of six noncredit courses offered evenings, weekends and online. Learn child development, curriculum development, health, safety and nutrition, special needs, professionalism and community relations through courses approved by the Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care. Total Hours: 24

What courses will I take?
CDA 321 - Module 1 Family Child Care Preservice Training - Child Development
CDA 322 - Module 2 Family Child Care Preservice Training - Curriculum
CDA 323 - Module 3 Family Child Care Preservice Training - Health, Safety and Nutrition
CDA 324 - Module 4 Family Child Care Preservice Training - Special Needs
CDA 325 - Module 5 Family Child Care Preservice Training - Professionalism
CDA 326 - Module 6 Family Child Care Preservice Training - Community

What credentials can I earn?
Upon successful completion of all six noncredit courses, students will earn an AACC continuing education certificate and fulfill the training requirement for the Maryland State department of Education  Office of Child Care to become a family child care provider. To receive the certificate students complete and submit the form to our office. The form and instructions can be found at  

What will it cost?
$210 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition and fees

What are the requirements?
Students must be at least 16 years old. Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care has additional requirements for actual certification.

How do I enroll?
Register online, in person, by fax, or mail. Use certificate code CE.CHILD-FAM-CARE. Visit for details.

Related Studies
Earn a continuing education certificate in the following areas:
Child Development Associate
Nanny/Au Pair

Consult the college catalog or visit for information about the following credit programs of study.

  • Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Early Childhood Development

For more information contact Stacie Burch at 410-777-2916 or