All of ChildCareEd’s courses are accepted by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) towards training required for those who work in family child care homes, large family child care homes and child care facilities/centers. This includes directors, employees, operators, providers, and substitutes. ChildCareEd is accredited by the International Association for Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCareEd MSDE approved Certificate Code is CKO-380. 

Pre-Service Trainings for All Staff:

Family Child Care Required Trainings:

Lead Teacher Required Trainings:

The 90-Hour Certification

The MSDE Office of Child Care requires all lead teachers working in a child care center to have the 90-Hour Certificate, a pre-service program that equips teachers to teach children in the classroom. The certification program assists in training teachers in the foundations of teaching children and how they learn, in addition to the growth and development of children from birth to 12 years. The 90-hour certification is a one-time training program that does not require renewal. A 45-hour Growth and Development training and a 45-hour course in the age-appropriate curriculum (preschool, infant-toddler, or school-age ) are required to complete the 90-hour certification for child care. 

Educators interested in earning certification in more than one age group are encouraged to complete a 45-hour course in each age group they are seeking certification.

90- Hour Certification for those interested in online self-paced training, register for the following courses:

90- Hour Certification for those who prefer instructor-led training, register for the following courses:

Director Required Training:

Continued Education Requirements:

All providers are required to complete a minimum of 12 clock hours of continued training annually. The Maryland Department of Education requires that all childcare providers complete a minimum of 6 out of their 12 required clock hours of continued training in any of the following core of knowledge areas:

  • Child Development
  • Curriculum
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Special Needs
  • Professionalism
  • Community

Thinking about opening a childcare center in Maryland?  For more information about opening a daycare or home child care center in Maryland, you are able to contact your state licensing office. The office will be able to provide you with advice on Maryland's requirements, rules, and regulations.

Maryland Department of Education

Division of Early Childhood Development
Office of Child Care
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 767-0100 or 1-888-246-0016

Maryland Child Care Licensing Branch

Administrators! Are you looking to purchase hours for your staff? ChildCareEd offers the Group Admin Program and Subscription Services, which make it easy and affordable to make group purchases.

Group Admin Program

The Group Admin Program allows you to purchase clock hours at a flat price and then assign classes to staff members. This gives you control over your budget and training plan. Purchase hours for staff to ensure they complete their training requirements.

Use our Group Admin Feature and receive the following benefits:

  • Record-keeping tools to manage continuing education requirements
  • Group Administrators can see their staff's progress in assigned courses as well as test scores
  • Purchase bulk hours with discounted Subscription Services
  • Refunded hours if staff leave and do not finish courses
  • Add or remove staff as needed
  • Assign training to individuals or the entire team
  • Print administrator copies of certificates

Subscription Services

With Subscription Services, you can purchase training hours at a low one-time cost. There are three tiers to choose from, depending on your needs:

  • Basic: Unlimited online training
  • Plus: Unlimited online training plus online CDA training courses
  • Instructor-Led: Unlimited online training, plus all CDA online training courses, and one Virtual Class each month led by a trained Educational Specialist

To view the course selection available for each of our subscription services, please click on View Courses List under each here: https://www.childcareed.com/subscriptions.html.

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