Classroom Course Descriptions

Classroom Course Registration

Office registration hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday. To register, please call our Training Coordinators at (301) 203-7648.  Due to limited seating and class preparation, walk-ins will not be permitted. We encourage you to call and register early to ensure your enrollment space. Please make note of the date and time of your course.

45 Hour Preschool Child Development Course (1st half of the 90 Hour) MD
This course introduces the major concepts, principles, theories and research related to the development and care of children birth to three years of age. Participants will learn to create a healthy and safe environment for care and early learning, by applying the principles of infant/ toddler growth and development.

45 Hour Preschool Methods & Materials (2nd half of the 90 Hour) MD
Students will develop a Methods and Materials Portfolio representative of art work that preschool aged children could complete, and language art resources. Your portfolio should be representative of THE ARTS, a combination of visual, dramatic, musical, or projects to be used in dance, as well as LANGUAGE ART resources, songs, finger plays and poetry. Following is a suggested list of types of art to include in the portfolio.

45 Hour Infant/Toddler Methods & Materials Course MD
This course introduces the major concepts, principles, theories and research related to the development and care of children birth to three years of age. Participants will learn to create a healthy and safe environment for care and early learning, by applying the principles of infant/ toddler growth and development.

45 Hour School Age Methods & Materials Course MD

45 Hour Director (Administration) Course MD
This course introduces the basic concepts of activity and program planning and program organization for school-age children in a before/after school setting.  This course is designed for Directors / Administrators of school-age programs with children from 6- 12 years old.

30 Hour CDA Bridge
This class will review the 6 Competency Goals and the 13 Functional Areas in depth. Participant will work to earn the CDA from the CDA National Credentialing Program. Participant will prepare a Resource File which includes an autobiography, Statements of Competence and the Resource Collection. The Assessment is done through a combination of observation, parent opinion questionnaires, and written and oral evaluations.  These items will then be presented to the CDA Council located in Washington, DC for further review. No organization can award a CDA. They can only provide the approved 120 Clock Hours needed.

Prerequisite: 45 Hour Preschool Child Development & 45 Hour Preschool Methods & Materials (Totaling 90 Hours; moreover, these classes can be applied toward CDA if they were taken within the last four years)

24 Hour CKO-Family Childcare Start Up Course MD
This course is designed for those who would like to open a family child care facility in their home. Topics include: child development, curriculum, health, safety and nutrition, special needs, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, record keeping, professionalism, and community resources.

SIDS Course MD
Each participant will be prepared to help increase awareness of SIDS and the impact of SIDS and SIDS risk reduction. This Course is designed for early child care professionals or family child care providers that care for infants.

12 Hour Recertification Course (Renewal) MD
Various Topics Offered; Please see the section entitled “Other Core of Knowledge Courses” for more information.

6 Hour Aide Certification Course MD
Various Topics Offered; Please see the section entitled “Other Core of Knowledge Courses” for more information

6 Hour Director’s Seminar MD
Various Topics Offered; Please see the section entitled “Other Core of Knowledge Courses” for more information

Emergency Preparedness Course MD
This six hour course is designed to meet the requirements of as stated in Maryland Senate Bill 356 and the COMAR regulations by the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Child Care. Family child care facilities and centers are responsible for emergency plans, shelter in place procedures, relocation guidelines, parent notification and coordination with local authorities during a time of emergency.  They are also responsible for addressing the needs of the children, including those children with special needs.  Providers are also required to train their staff and conduct emergency drills. Participants must complete an emergency plan for their facility and that plan has to be approved by the training agency to receive credit for the course.

Medication Administration Course MD
The purpose of the Medication Administration Training Program is to teach child care provider and child care center staff basic information about administering medication to infants, toddlers, preschool and school-aged children. The goal of this training is to ensure safe and accurate administration of oral, topical, inhaled and emergency medications to infants and children.

Other Core of Knowledge Courses:

Administrative Approaches to Problem Solving
Upon completion of this training, participant will be able to:
Understand appropriate health and safety practices and procedures and the importance of implementing and abiding by them
Understand the importance of meeting the health and safety needs of all children
Understand child care terminology and the MSDE COMAR Health & Safety Practices

Advanced Health & Safety Issues
This interactive training will address health and safety topics that will meet the needs of family child care providers, center staff and support staff. This six hour course provides discussions on advanced topics in health, safety and nutrition including health policies, obesity, playground safety, nutrition and physical activity.

Appropriate Discipline Practices

Attitude Is Everything
The focus of this training will be to examine what works and what doesn’t in the communication process, problem solving and parent expectations.
Basic Tax & Record Keeping

Behavior Management
This training is to assist the early child care community on how to manage or modify behavior management issues which occur in the classroom or day care home.
Child Growth & Development: Emphasis on Special Needs
The purpose of this training is to help providers in identifying some special needs among children in their care. This is not intended to make any types of diagnosis, but to observe children’s development and be able to have conference with parents, as to the need for professional assistance.
Childhood Education

Computer Skills for Early Childhood Professionals
This course is designed to assist early child care professionals in the understanding of the basic functions of the computer and how the computer can be used in their child care program.

Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Fun
The participant will be able to learn about materials that flow across all curriculum areas and touches children physically, emotionally, as well as cognitively.
Coping & Managing Stress In the ECE Environment
This course is designed to understand stress levels, how stresses affects children’s behavior and understand how to improve self-management skills

Creating a Computer Literacy Program for Young Children
This course is designed to assist early child care professionals in the understanding of the steps involved in planning and implementing a computer literacy program.
Creating a Creative Environment on a Shoestring Budget
This class will focus on using inexpensive materials to work with young children from infant toddler to school-age. With the tightening of the economy and shortage of children, participant will learn how to make many of their teachable trashables and still meet the educational needs of the children. Participants will also learn how to create an environment using recycled materials, equipment and supplies.
Day Care: Before & After School Administration

Defining Your Personal Teaching Style
This training will focus on developing your teaching style that reflects center philosophy, your integrity and purpose to the most important participant in your program: children.  Teachers will years of experience or teachers with little experience will assess what they can do and how they can do it better with creativity, commitment and style.

Enhancing Interviewing Techniques and Communication Skills
This training is designed to help teachers and providers with interviewing and communication techniques.

Enhancing the Self-Esteem of Children
This training explores the importance of helping children develop positive social interaction skills. Participant will also explore the value of building up a child and the importance of creating a nurturing environment for them.

Goals, Priorities and Timetables

Growth & Development

Hand-on Science Activities
This training will explore the world of science helping children understand their world, feel comfortable to observe, ask questions, build concepts based upon facts that are learned in a environment designed to meet curiosity and suggest conclusions.

Helping Children Cope with Stress & Deal with Feelings
This seminar will assist early care providers in identifying the physical, emotional and nutritional aspects of stress and techniques for stress management for children.

Holiday Craft Ideas “Teachable from the Trashable”
Teachers can use nontraditional materials to teach traditional learning concepts such as math, science, language arts and creativity.

Leadership Training for Early Childhood & School-age Directors
The purpose of this training is to improve Family Day Care providers and Child Care Center Staff Leadership Training to improve and excel in their work environment or business.

Making After-School Care Fun
Managing Stress in the ECE Environment
This workshop will focus on helping children manage their stress level and understand societal challenges children face day to day.  Participant will also understand the importance of not contributing to children’s stress.

Planning a Health and Safety Curriculum

Planning and Scheduling for a Safe and Fun Summer
This training is designed to assist Early Educators on how to plan and schedule safe and sizzling fun activities for their summer camp/ program. Participants will understand: summer camp/programs needs to be unlike the traditional school year program but use this time to help children explore, create and extend their imaginations from classroom to creative indoor/outdoor relaxed environments. Participants will also understand the importance of detailed planning and using attached resources to provide new ideas.

Positive Discipline and Behavior Management
This training is to assist the early child care community on how to positively manage or modify behavior management issues which occur in the classroom or day care home.

Professionalism in the Early Childhood Education Environment
This workshop will help the early childhood educator develop better business skills while recognizing themselves as true professionals. Participant will also gain a deeper understanding of what professional conduct means and will have the opportunity to share their own personal experienced and helpful tips with the group.

Quality vs. Quantity
This training will examine Early Childhood past, present, and future program goals.

Recognizing and Understanding the Signs of Child Abuse
This course is designed to help early child care professionals in the identification of child abuse and neglect, the factors that contribute tot his maltreatment of children, several types of child abuse and neglect and ways to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Recognizing Children with Special Needs
The purpose of this training is to help providers in identifying some special needs among children in their care. This is not intended to make any types of diagnosis, but to observe children’s development and be able to have conference with parents, as to the need for professional assistance.

Rites of Passage for Teachers and Parents

Selecting Appropriate Computer Software
This course is designed to assist early child care professionals in the understanding of the steps involved in planning and implementing a computer literacy program and integrating technology appropriately within their curriculum.

Setting Limits without Frustration

Spring Fling Craft Ideas for Indoor & Outdoor Activities
The participant will be able to learn about materials that flow across all curriculum areas and touches children physically, emotionally, as well as cognitively.

Staff Interaction Throughout the Day

Stages of Children: Birth to Three
The class will focus on the developmental growth and development of babies from birth to three. Participants will understand the stages of development and how to engage babies for their optimum development.

Storytelling with Young Children
This workshop is designed to increase a child’s verbal and non-verbal skills, encourage children and staff to use their imagination, develop an awareness of different types of stories and teach children to appreciate good stories through reading great literature

Strategies for Developing Discipline
This workshop will provide the participant with effective strategies to guide children’s behavior.

Summer Crafts with Goops, Bubbles & Paints
The participant will be able to learn about materials that flow across all curriculum areas and touches children physically, emotionally, as well as cognitively. Its water, mixed with various ingredients which include goops, bubbles and paints.

Teaching Children to Like Themselves and Others
This training explores the importance of helping children develop positive social interaction skills. Participant will also explore value building that uplifts children.
Teaching Values & Character Building
This training explores the importance of helping children develop positive social interaction skills. Participant will also explore value building that uplifts children.

Teambuilding in a Preschool Setting
This workshop will help teachers develop positive communication skills, provide supportive ideas to enhance teacher motivation, professionalism, and develop team-building skills.

Teamwork: Working Effectively with Parents
This workshop is designed to develop positive communication skills with parents and co-workers. Participant will also learn the process of active listening, enhancing self-esteem and how to depersonalize conflict.

The Professional Career Path

Tips on Snacks
This training will explore facts and concerns about what children and adults eat.  This training will help participants to re-think what we eat, what we serve to children and the effects that that food has on the physical, cognitive, social and emotional behavior of children and adults.  Participants will also discuss food preparation and turning meal times into fun time.  Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for interactive activities as we explore healthy eating habits for children and adults.

Understanding Appropriate Discipline

Using Puppets to Expand Language Skills
In this interactive session, participants will be introduced to fun educational activities that will help children develop language skills and expand their imaginations when integrating puppets in their daily curriculum.

Value of Play
Participant will explore the importance of play and the role that educators can contribute in preparing their curriculum.