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College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
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Salary is dependent on the number of and age of children in care.

Early Childhood

Family Child Care Provider    High Demand

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Family Child Care Providers nurture and care for children who have not yet entered formal schooling and supervise older children before and after school in their own homes. In addition to caring for children's basic needs, Family Child Care Providers organize activities and implement curricula that stimulate children's physical, emotional, intellectual, and social growth. They help children explore individual interests, develop talents and independence, build self-esteem, and learn how to get along with others.


Family Child Care Provider
This program will prepare students to open a child care business out of their own home and become a licensed Family Child Care Provider. Upon completion of the required courses, age requirement, state-mandated orientations and home inspection, students should be prepared to meet the requirements to be a Family Child Care Provider in the state of Maryland. Contact the Office of Childcare for orientation and home inspection details at 301-475-3770.

Prerequisite: Must be 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. Appropriate CPR certification is also required by the state in order to obtain certification. CSM offers a course that meets this criteria if you do not already have it: HTH-6510 - AHA Heartsaver First Aid Course.

Course Class Hours
ECE 8330 Pre-Service Module 1: Child Development 4
ECE 8340 Pre-Service Module 2: Curriculum 4
ECE 8350 Pre-Service Module 3: Health, Safety & Nutrition 4
ECE 8360 Pre-Service Module 4: Special Needs 4
ECE 8370 Pre-Service Module 5: Professionalism 4
ECE 8380 Pre-Service Module 6: Community  4
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After completing the training program, students must meet state continuing education requirements. For first year of registration, Family Child Care Providers must complete 18 hours to be divided into categories:

  • 12 specific core of knowledge hours (four, three-hour sessions) in each of the following areas: Child Development, Health, Safety and Nutrition, Working with Mixed-Aged Groups, Emergency Preparedness

  • 6 elective hours

Each year thereafter, providers must complete 12 hours per year to be divided into two categories:

  • 6 core of knowledge clock hours required in module training track

  • 6 elective hours

CSM offers Saturday classes and training fairs, as well as online and evening classes to help providers meet their state requirements.

For More Information about:
Continuing Education
CPR Classes

John Terlesky
Program Coordinator-Youth

Kelly Winters, MSN, RN, CPP
Director, Healthcare

Jennifer Hamilton
Course Manager - Youth

For a complete listing of courses that CSM offers, please refer to the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

Annette ChildressI love working in my own home and knowing that I provide quality child care.

Annette Childress
Family Child Care Provider
Southern Maryland Resident