Licensed Family Child Care Provider

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Required for All Home-Based Child Care Providers

This program will prepare students to open a child care business out of their own home and become a family child care provider.  Upon completion of the required courses, age requirement, state-mandated operations and home inspections, 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 or or visit

CPR Certification is also required for licensure. CSM offers HTH-6510 American Heart Association (AHA) First Aid Course, which satisfies this requirement. 

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Required for all Home-Based Child care Providers; Satisfies the MSDE training requirement

This class satisfies state training requirements for Family Child Care applicants and new providers to start and operate a home-based child care business. Includes a total of 24 clock-hours of training in each of the state approved Core of Knowledge areas: Child Development, Curriculum, Health, Safety & Nutrition, Special Needs, Professionalism, and Community. You must successfully complete all course requirements to receive a certificate.

Course materials are provided. 

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The American Heartsaver First Aid Course teaches how to manage illness and injuries in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. Course content includes general principles, medical emergencies and injury emergencies. Adult, infant, and child CPR will be taught. This course is designed by the American Heart Association for those who have a duty to respond to a first aid or cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. Includes AED training. Textbook required.

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What is Maryland EXCELS?

“Maryland EXCELS is a voluntary Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). A QRIS is a program that awards ratings to family providers, center-based and public school child care programs, and school age before and after school programs that meet increasingly higher standards of quality in key areas. Maryland EXCELS has three goals:

  • To recognize early care and school age education programs that provide quality care
  • To encourage providers to increase the level of quality provided in their programs
  • To provide parents with information and choices about quality child care

Maryland EXCELS has standards in five broad program areas of early care and education, including licensing, learning environments, staffing and professional development, developmentally appropriate learning and program practices, child assessment, program administration and policies, and accreditation.”

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