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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.

What courses will I take?

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

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 are the requirements?

Students must be at least 16 years old. The Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care also has additional requirements for certification. 

What will it cost?

Anne Arundel County residents pay $210, including tuition and fees.

What credentials will 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 must complete and submit a Student Application for a Continuing Education Certificate. Use certificate code CE.CHILD-FAM-CARE.

Related Programs

New or experienced child care providers interested in earning a degree may choose to complete the Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development.  The degree prepares students to work as a director of a child care center, before- or after-school program, or as a lead teacher in a center. 

Child Development Associate

Nanny/Au Pair

Lead Preschool Teacher