Child Care Careers Training Program

About the Program

The program provides 144+ hours of training that certifies an individual as an assistant in the Federal Head Start Program, meets the Maryland State requirement for work in child care, and puts them on the path to licensure for Family Child Care.  We specialize in training adults to become State certified Child Care Providers.  Once certified and employed, they are part of a career pathway that can lead to educational opportunities as well as economic advantages.   We provide ongoing support to graduates of the Child Care Training Program as they entered jobs at Child Care Centers and in schools, prepare for In-Home Child Care licensing, and continuing education.   Program details are given below.

  • Program is offered for English speaking and Spanish speaking students in alternating semesters.

CONTACT the JCC for exact dates for each semester and the language of instruction.

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The 90 Hour Course in Early Childhood Education (COK Child Development): This course includes instruction in child development theory and practices, emphasizing the care and training of children from 0 to 5 years. Some of the topics included are: theories of education, children with special needs, discipline techniques, child abuse, diversity, and multiculturalism, and parent-teacher communications.

Medication Administration: This course will provide the basic information and hands-on learning on the administration of medicine for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and children 6 to 12 years old. We will also focus on the State of Maryland policies governing Medication Administration in Child Care.

The 45 Hours Course for Infant and Toddlers: The course focuses on the growth and development of infants and toddler and on the health, safety, nutrition, and discipline techniques that teachers can apply. The course will focus on how to foster and support the child’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development.

Communication: This course is designed as an introduction to the basic concepts of developing strong communication skills when working in the field of childcare. Topics will include: speaking, writing, interpersonal communication strategies, and critical techniques, with a focus on communication with parents and co-workers, and communication issues within a typical child care day.

CPR and First Aid: Students will receive instruction in Adult and Pediatric CPR following the American Heart Association guidelines. First Aid instruction will focus on learning to identity and respond to emergency situations which include; burns, heat and cold exposure, wounds, broken bones, and acute illnesses.