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Build and enhance your child care career with HCC's Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development noncredit courses and programs.

New Maryland State Requirements for Child Care Center Staff
The child care certification courses offered at Hickory Ridge are continually revised and updated, with added topics to address new state requirements as they occur.

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available for applicable candidates. Applications must be submitted at least three weeks before the class start date. For more information and application form, visit our Financial Aid page.

Online Courses: General Guidelines & Tips

If you are thinking about taking an online class or recently signed up for one and have questions, go to our Online Courses: General Guidelines & Tips page.

 Textbook Information

  • Most courses have a required textbook. Printed textooks can be purchased at the HCC Bookstore or online at or from a seller of your choice. You may also purchase e-textbooks directly from the publisher's website at
  • The book list for courses includes the following:
Child Care AdministrationDeveloping and Administering a Child Care and Education Program 9th Edition
Child Growth and Development
45 Hours
Developmental Profiles 7th 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 HoursNo 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:

D-Child Development
H-Health, Safety, and Nutrition
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.

Courses Available that Meet MSDE Core of Knowledge Continued Training Requirements

Howard Community College Division of Continuing Education offers courses to meet annual continued training for child care teachers, directors, and family providers as required by MSDE. 12-hour courses provide the yearly clock-hour requirement all in one course and give you the opportunity to investigate topics of interest and receive Core of Knowledge clock hours in several areas. You must attend all hours and complete all coursework to receive a certificate.

STEM-Focused Preschool Curriculum 45 Hours ★NEW★
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.)

For more information on HCC's Continuing Education courses and programs, email us!

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