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Child Care


Annual Fall Conference:
6 Core of Knowledge Hours | One PAU

Early Childhood Boot Camps: 6 Core of Knowledge Hours

Online CDA Training: 
prepares you for the Preschool CDA

45-Hour Certificates: 
The Young Child (Child Growth & Development)
Materials & Curriculum for Early Childhood
Infant & Toddler Curriculum
Introduction to Child Care Administration
School-Age Child Care

Associate of Arts in Teaching
Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education*

Associate of Applied Science
Early Childhood Education*

* FREE CCCPDF funding is available  for these programs. LEARN MORE.


If you are patient, kind, and love interacting with children as they explore the world and discover how they fit into it, an exciting and rewarding career in child care may be a good fit for you.

Those in this field are teachers and caregivers and thrive on helping to shape the minds of the littlest students.

Harford Community College offers a variety of courses that meet licensing requirements as per the Office of Child Care (OCC).  Multiple credentials are available, including the 90-hour certificate program which meets OCC requirements for lead teachers in the State of Maryland.

Program Overview

• 90-Hour Child Care Preschool 
• 90-Hour Infant & Toddler 
• 90-Hour School Age 
• 45-Hour Administrator 

varies depending on credential 


90 hours or 45 hours

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Maryland Child Care Apprenticeship

Harford Community College also offers an 18-month Child Care Apprenticeship program. It is an "earn while you learn" program designed to be completed while working full-time in licensed Maryland child care facility.

Required Courses

For the 90-hour child care preschool certificate:

  • The Young Child
  • Materials and Curriculum

For other certificates:

  • Infant and Toddler Curriculum
  • School-Age Child Care

What can I do when I complete this program?

Students completing this program may be employed as teachers, aides, or administrators in child care programs.