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Child Care Certification
This training is designed for child care center staff, family child care providers, and informal providers. Successful completion requires a written emergency plan for center room, program, family child care program, or informal program. This training will build upon basic child care licensing requirements and address additional areas of concern that are now in the forefront of emergency preparedness planning. Funding for this project was received by Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD from the Maryland State Department of Education. The grant activities are managed by the Chesapeake Child Care Resource Center.
This course provides 3 hours of continuing education in professionalism and 3 hours in health and safety categories.
Medication Administration for Child Care Providers
The purpose of the medication administration training program is to teach child care providers and child care center staff information about administering medication to infants, toddlers, preschool and school-age children. The goal is to ensure safe and accurate administration of oral, topical, inhaled and emergency medications to infants and children.
Emergency Prep in Child Care
This training is designed for child care center staff, family child care providers, and informal providers. Successful completion requires a written emergency plan for center room, program, family child care program or informal program. This training will build upon basic child care licensing requirements and address additional areas of concern that are now in the forefront of emergency preparedness planning. Funding for this project was received by Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD from the Maryland State Department of Education. The grant activities are managed by the Chesapeake Child Care Resource Center. This course provides 3 hours of continuing education in professionalism and 3 hours in health and safety categories.
Continuous Quality Improvement Training: Using the Program Administration Scale (PAS)
This training will help you to be prepared for the new child care quality rating system that was implemented in 2010. It is designed for center directors responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating early care and education programs. The PAS is a research-validated child care center management assessment tool designed to reliably measure center-based leadership and management practices that focus on administrative issues. The training and follow-up technical assistance will enable the director to achieve and measure improvement in administrative operations, as well as improve the skills of key management personnel.
The two-day training includes using the PAS assessment tool, developing improvement plans, and managing change. This training will enable directors to implement continuous quality improvement programs and is a key component in Maryland’s efforts to create high quality early learning environments for young children and provide management tools to center directors. Pre-approval is required.
Maryland EXCELS is a voluntary quality rating improvement system designed to help you reflect and improve the child care services you provide. The courses listed below will help you evaluate the areas of focus of this new initiative.
Family and Community Partnerships
Topics include community resources that will benefit children and families; the importance of being an advocate for children and families; and strategies that will increase family involvement.
Observation and Assessment, Birth – 12
Topics include objective vs. subjective observations, tools and methods, and using assessment to plan.
Age and Developmentally Appropriate Supervision
Topics include child care regulations and best practices, supervisory strategies for indoor and outdoor environments, and active monitoring.
Positive Child Guidance and Discipline Theory
Topics include positive child guidance, discipline, appropriate techniques, internal and external factors that influence child behavior, and ways to partner with families to foster positive child guidance.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Topics include national standards, essential components of developmentally appropriate practice, and behavioral strategies to support children’s learning and development.
Including All Children and the ADA
Topics include the requirements of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); inclusionary practices based on national standards and best practices; and local state and national resources.
Child Care Pre-service Courses offered online on cooperation with Howard Community College
Remember when you register for these online courses:
- There are no face-to-face meetings.
- Students must provide an email address when they register.
- The Friday before the first class date, students receive an email with log-in instructions.
- There is an (optional) orientation on the first night of class at Howard Community College Columbia Campus in the Hickory Ridge Building at 6:30pm. This is not mandatory to receive a certificate.
- All students are expected to log in as of the first class date.
- There is a required textbook - one for each class. Books can be purchased online from Howard Community College - www.howardccbooks.com.
General Guidelines for online classes: You will need access to a computer, the internet, and email to take these courses; sufficient computer skills are required, including using a word processing program to write and save your work on your computer. Provide your email address with your registration so we can send you log-in instructions. Online classes fill up quickly, so please register early!
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
This course satisfies the MSDE requirement for child care providers: 2 clock-hours of SIDS training. Learn about SIDS, which can affect apparently healthy infants under one year of age. This is an online course that you complete at your own pace, with instructor guidance, and takes approximately 2 hours to complete (completion times may vary). Include your email address on your registration to receive log-in instructions. You may register and begin this course anytime between the first and last class date. Once you have completed the course work, your instructor will be notified to review it and notify you of your results and will issue you a certificate of completion. You will need access to a computer, the internet and email to take this course. All materials are provided in class. Fees are not refundable after the first class date.
Child Care I - Child Development
Study the growth and development of children birth through adolescence. topics include major theories of development, learning domains and positive guidance techniques.
Child Care Certification I: Growth and Development Online
This certification course satisfies half of the MSDE requirement of 90 hours for child care teachers and directors, and also satisfies the 9-hour Communication Skills requirement. Gain a broad overview of the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child from birth to age 13, and build communication skills to use with parents, co-workers and the public.
Infant and Toddler Child Care
This course meets the requirements of the Maryland Child Care Administration to work in a center with children 0-3 years of age. The course focuses on the development of the child 0-3 years of age. (Textbook included)
Child Care III - Communication Skills for Child Care Professionals
Learn the basics of good communication in your child care program. Topics include strategies for dealing with staff, parents and the community in everday situations and difficult circumstances.
Asthma Medication Administration for Child Care Providers
This course provides instruction to center and family child care providers on the proper administration of asthma medications and treatments. This course provides four Core of Knowledge hours in Health and Safety and 0.4 CEUs for certifications renewal.
Preschool Child Care II - Activities and Curriculum
This course along with Pre-school Chlid Care I and the 9-hour Child Care Communications course completes the requirements of the Maryland Office of Child Care to become senior staff in a MD pre-school child care center. Topics include pre-school activities and practices.
Taking Learning Outside
Topics include activity planning, environmental design, and material/equipment selection.
Nutrition and Active Living
Topics include nutritional needs of all children, promoting healthy growth and development, strategies to inform families on providing nutritional food items, developing physical games and large motor activities to promote physical growth.
Topics include age appropriate and accessible playground equipment and surfacing materials, appropriate playground supervision, and outdoor safety checks.
Supporting Children with Disabilities
Topics include programs, terms and resources that support children with special needs; an understanding of the child care professional’s role in supporting IEP/IFSPs; and how to select materials and adapt both instruction and the environment to motivate learning.
Conflict Resolution Strategies
Topics include situations that may lead to conflict, methods to address professionally, and strategies to promote resolution in the child care environment.
The Child Care Provider as a Professional
Topics include ethical codes of conduct, federal, state and local resources, initiatives and organizations that support professionalism.
Cultural Competencies and Awareness
Topics include the definitions of anti-bias, diversity and inclusion, the value and importance of complex characteristics of a diverse community, promotion of child self-concept and esteem, and multi-cultural activities.
For more information, call registration at 240-500-2236.