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Office of child care

Office of Child Care

Credentialing Branch


Credentialing branch
Credentialing Branch

There are Six Programs in the Credentialing Branch

  • The Maryland Child Care Credential

  • Tiered Reimbursement

  • Training Approval

  • Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund

  • Voucher/Tuition Reimbursement

  • Accreditation Support


Overview the maryland child care credentialing program
Overview - The Maryland Child Care Credentialing Program

The Maryland Child Care Credential program started July 01, 2001. The Credential program is a pathway to professional development. The program recognizes child care providers who go beyond the requirements of the licensing and registration regulations by participating in training, professional activity units and continuing to work in child care. There are six staff credential levels and four administrator credential levels.


Goals
Goals

Produce a well-qualified workforce.

Increase the overall quality of child care programs.

Improve the status and increase compensation for child care providers.

Recognize for-credit and non-credit career preparation.

Provide a structure for professional growth through professional competencies.


Eligibility requirements
Eligibility Requirements

In order to participate in the credential program you must be:

  • A registered family child care provider in the State of Maryland,

  • An operator, director, or staff member in a licensed child care center in the State of Maryland.

  • Participate in Professional Activities related to the child care profession.

  • Continue working in the child care setting for no less than one year from the date you are accepted into the credential program.

  • Complete continued training for the applicable credential level.


Persons who are not eligible to apply
Persons who are not Eligible to apply

  • Applicants or participants may not be the subject of any sanction imposed by OCC.

  • Substitutes or volunteers, whether working in a registered family child care home or licensed child care center are not eligible to participate.

  • Child Care Center employee who do not work directly with children on a daily basis are not eligible to participate.


Core of knowledge
Core of Knowledge

There are six Core of Knowledge:

  • Child Development

  • Curriculum

  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition

  • Special Needs

  • Professionalism

  • Community

    Training that has been completed within the past five years of application may be accepted as determined by the Office of Child Care. College course work for credit or non-credit and pre-service training will be accepted regardless of when completed.


The core of knowledge
The Core of Knowledge

Core of Knowledge Training means:

  • Training that meets the requirements of the Maryland Child Care Credentialing program.

  • Training identified as Child Development, Curriculum, Special Needs, Professionalism, Community or Health, Safety, and Nutrition.

  • The participant has successfully completed the training, including an appropriate assessment.

  • A certificate is awarded to each participant stating that the participant has “successfully completed” the training.


Pre service
Pre-Service

Pre-Service Training means:

  • Training that meets the 45 or 90 clock hour requirements of COMAR13A.16.06 if taken for:

  • College credits; or

  • Non-credit from a college or a trainer approved by the Office.


Continued training
Continued Training

Continued Training means:

  • Training given to meet the requirements of licensing regulations for child care homes and centers, but does not meet core of knowledge/credentialing requirements.

  • Participants have attended a training session to complete a number of clock hours.

  • Training as identified as Child Health Issues, Child Development, Age-Appropriate Activities, or Business Practices.

  • A certificate is awarded to each participant that states that the participant has “participated in” or “attended” training.


Staff credential levels one and two
Staff CredentialLevels One and Two

  • Meet CCA Licensing or Registration Requirements

  • There are no incentives at Level One.

  • To Achieve:

  • 45 clock hours Core of Knowledge training that includes:

    • A minimum of 20 clock hours in child development

  • 1 professional activity unit

  • To Maintain:

    • 12 clock hours of continued training, and

    • 1 professional activity unit (PAU)

  • Bonus amount - $200 (one time only)


Staff credential level three
Staff CredentialLevel Three

To Achieve:

  • 90 clock hours Core of Knowledge training that includes:

    • A minimum of 20 clock hours in child development, and

    • 20 clock hours in curriculum methods.

  • 2 professional activity units, and

  • 1 year of experience or 1 year of college

    To Maintain:

    • 18 clock hours of continued training, and

    • 2 PAU’s

  • Bonus Amount - $300 (one time only)

    The 45 clock hours completed at level two carries over to level three.


Staff credential level four
Staff CredentialLevel Four

To Achieve:

  • 135 clock hours Core of Knowledge training consisting of:

    • 45 clock hours child development

    • 30 clock hours curriculum methods

    • 20 clock hours health, safety & nutrition

    • 15 clock hours special needs

    • 15 clock hours professionalism

    • 10 clock hours community issues

  • 3 professional activity units, and

  • 2 years of experience

    To Maintain:

    • 24 clock hours of continued training, and

    • 3 PAU’s

  • Bonus Amount - $500 (one time only)

    The 90 clock hours completed at level three carries over to level four.


Staff credential level four plus
Staff CredentialLevel Four Plus

To Achieve:

  • Level Four requirements plus:

    Option One –

    • Current accreditation through the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), and

    • At least two year of experience

      Option Two –

    • 15 semester hours of approved coursework,

    • Coursework in child development and curriculum planning, and

    • At least 9 years of experience

      Option Three –

    • Enrollment in an approved college course of study toward a degree,

    • Accumulate 55 points by earning 5 points for each early childhood course and/or each additional year of experience (a minimum of two years of experience required)

  • 4 professional activity units

To Maintain:

  • 24 clock hours of continued training, and

  • 4 PAU’s

  • Bonus Amount - $600 (annually)


  • Staff credential level five
    Staff CredentialLevel Five

    To Achieve:

    Option One –

    • An Associate Degree with 15 semester hours of approved coursework

    • Course work in Child Development and Curriculum Methods, and

    • At least two years of experience and Four PAUs

      Option Two –

    • 30 semester hours of approved coursework that includes: Child Development, Curriculum Planning, Health and Safety, Special Needs, School Age, Infant Toddler, Language and Literacy, and Child Care Administration, and

    • At least two years of experience and Four PAUs

      Option Three –

    • 15 semester hours of approved college coursework,

    • Enrollment in an approved college course of study toward a degree,

    • Accumulate 45 points by earning 5 points for each early childhood course and/or each additional year of experience (a minimum of two years experience required) and Four PAUs

  • 4 professional activity units

    To Maintain:

    • 24 clock hours of continued training, and

    • 4 PAU’s

  • Bonus Amount - $750 (annually)


  • Staff credential level six
    Staff CredentialLevel Six

    To Achieve:

    Option One –

    • Bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in:

      • Early childhood education , Elementary education, Special education, Family studies, Child development, or A related discipline (must include a minimum of 15 credit hours of approved coursework)

    • At least two years of experience

      Option Two –

    • Bachelor’s, Masters, Doctorate (non-related field),

    • 30 semester hours of approved coursework that includes Child Development & Curriculum Methods, and

    • At least two year of experience

      Option Three –

    • Associate or higher degree with 15 semester hours of approved coursework,

    • Enrollment in an approved college course of study toward a higher degree, and

    • Accumulate 45 points by earning 5 points for each early childhood course and/or each additional year of experience (at least two years experience required),

  • 5 professional activity units

    • To Maintain:

      • 24 clock hours of continued training, and

        • 5 PAU’s

    • Bonus Amount - $1,000 (annually)


    Administrator credential level one
    Administrator CredentialLevel One

    To Achieve:

    • 240 clock hours of core of knowledge training, consisting of:

      • 45 clock hours in child development;

      • 45 clock hours in curriculum development;

      • 45 clock hours in health, safety, and nutrition;

      • 45 clock hours in special needs;

      • 45 clock hours in professionalism; and

      • 15 clock hours in community issues

    • Four Professional Activity Units (PAUs), and

    • 2 years working directly with children in an approved setting

    To Maintain:

    • 24 clock hours of continued training, and

    • 4 PAU’s

  • Bonus Amount - $600 (one time only)


  • Administrator credential level two
    Administrator CredentialLevel Two

    To Achieve:

    • Successful completion of 240 clock hours of core of knowledge training consisting of:

      • 45 clock hours in child development;

      • 45 clock hours in curriculum development;

      • 45 clock hours in health, safety, and nutrition;

      • 45 clock hours in special needs;

      • 45 clock hours in professionalism; and

      • 15 clock hours in community issues

    • Achievement of at least one of the following:

      • Completion of the National Administrator’s Credential; or

      • Successful completion of at least 30 semester hours of college coursework in an approved course of study;

    • 2 years working directly with children in an approved setting, and

    • 5 PAUs

    To Maintain:

    • 30 clock hours of continued training, and

    • 5 PAU’s

  • Bonus Amount - $750 (Annually)


  • Administrator credential level three
    Administrator CredentialLevel Three

    To Achieve:

    • An associate degree from an accredited college, that includes:

      • A minimum of 15 semester hours of course work related to business management, administration, and

      • Completion of at least one course in each of the following areas: Child development; Curriculum development; and Administration of Child Care Programs

    • At least 4 years working directly with children in an approved setting, and

    • 5 PAUs

      To Maintain:

      • 30 clock hours of continued training, and

      • 5 PAU’s

    • Bonus Amount - $1,000 (Annually)


    Administrator credential level four
    Administrator Credential Level Four

    To Achieve:

    • A bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in:

      • Business Administration;

      • Public Administration and Management:

      • Public School Administration; or

      • A related discipline;

  • Completion of at least one course in each of the following: Child development; Curriculum development; and Administration of Child Care Programs

  • Completion of 45 clock hours of training in the area of mentoring and coaching staff.

  • At least 5 years working directly with children in an approved setting, and

  • 6 PAUs

    To Maintain:

    • 30 clock hours of continued training, and

    • 5 PAU’s

    • Bonus Amount - $1,500 (Annually)


    Professional activity units
    Professional Activity Units

    • PAUs are earned for participating in activities related to the child care profession.

    • PAUs must be earned within the previous twelve month period.

    • PAUs must be maintained for continued participation in the program.


    Incentives
    Incentives

    • Bonuses

      • Achievement bonus – one-half of the bonus is paid when the credential level is awarded (Level Two or higher)

      • Maintenance bonus – the second half of the bonus is paid at the time of renewal


    Credentialing Bonus Payment ScheduleAll bonuses are paid contingent on the verification of meeting and maintaining all requirements.


    Application process
    Application Process

    • Complete application, sign and date

    • Attach all required documentation:

      • Training Certificates

      • PAU information

      • Experience

    • Send to:

      MSDE

      OCC – Credentialing Branch

      200 West Baltimore Street, 10th Floor

      Baltimore MD 21201


    Training vouchers reimbursement
    Training Vouchers/Reimbursement

    • Only those participating in the credential program at Level Two and higher are eligible to receive training vouchers and/or reimbursement.

    • A participant may receive no more than $400, during any year of participation.

    • Each voucher is issued for one specific course, workshop or conference.


    Eligibility requirements1
    Eligibility Requirements

    • An application form must be complete and signed with blue ink.

    • Documentation of the training for which the voucher will be used must include a copy of the:

      • Course catalog description;

      • Completed registration form; or

      • Training advertisement.

    • Application is received at least 60 days prior to the training date.

    • Amount requested does not exceed $400.

    • Applicant is eligible to receive a voucher.


    Training reimbursement
    Training Reimbursement

    • They are participating in the credential program at Level Two or higher;

    • The training is approved as meeting the Core of Knowledge;

    • The training was successfully completed no more than 4 months before the date of the request; and

    • The individual has not received training vouchers up to $400 during the previous

      12-month period.


    Awards
    Awards

    • Awards are assigned according to the incomes of all applicants who are eligible for an award, with higher priority given to lower income applicants.

    • The Office of Child Care will make training voucher and reimbursement awards according to assigned award priority.

    • An award has been made to each eligible applicant; or

    • As long as funds are available.


    Tiered reimbursement overview
    Tiered Reimbursement Overview

    The Maryland Child Care Tiered Reimbursement recognizes child care programs that go beyond the requirements of state licensing and registration regulations. This program pays additional incentives to child care programs approved for Tiered Level 2 or higher and who receives vouchers from the Subsidy program. There are fours levels of tiered reimbursement.


    Program goals
    Program Goals

    • Promote a well-qualified workforce.

    • Increase the amount of subsidy payments to family child care providers and child care programs.

    • Promote a high level of program quality through the application of standards for program accreditation and ERS.

    • Encourage parent involvement in child care setting.


    Program information
    Program Information

    • Reimbursement is paid only for Subsidy vouchers receipted by the family child care provider or child care center.

    • The accreditation organization used must meet the criteria set and approved by the Office of Child Care.


    Eligibility requirements2
    Eligibility Requirements

    • Maintain compliance with all applicable child care regulations

    • Develop, evaluate and revise program goals.

    • Actively pursue program accreditation

    • Participate in the credential program at level two or higher.

    • Program schedule

    • Parent Involvement

    • Assessed program using the environmental rating scales

    • Parent evaluations

    • Continued training

      Center:

    • Incremental salary scale

    • Benefit package

    • Staff evaluations


    Components
    Components

    • Accreditation Status

    • Staff Credentialing

    • Learning Environment

    • Parent Involvement

    • Program Evaluation

    • Staff Compensation


    Components continued
    Components - Continued

    • Staff Credentialing- At tiered reimbursement Level 2 or higher, family child care providers and at least 60% of lead staff persons in child care centers must have Maryland Child Care Credential at the appropriate level. Lead staff persons in child care centers include the director, senior staff, and group leaders. Continued Training- Continued training is required at each of the tiered reimbursement levels based on the position held in the child care facility and must be maintained throughout the period of approval at each tiered reimbursement level. Learning Environment- Participation in the tiered reimbursement program requires that child care facilities enhance the learning environment beyond the regulatory requirements. Programs must include in their daily activities at least 15 minutes of reading activities per day for all ages of children served. Staff Compensation- Child care centers are required to include in their business plan, incentives for staff including an incremental salary scale based on education and experience. Child care centers participating in the highest level of tiered reimbursement need to have a benefits package for staff as well.


    Components continued1
    Components - Continued

    • Parent Involvement- Parents are an important component of quality child care services. Family child care providers and child care centers participating in the tiered reimbursement program are required to include and involve parents in a variety of ways. Each facility has the option to use a variety of activities and opportunities for parent involvement, including but not limited to:

    • parent bulletin boards

    • open door policy

    • parent handbook

    • parent/staff conferences

    • classroom helpers

    • newsletters

    • workshops

    • programs

    • field trips

    • preparing materials at home

    • support of the program operation

    • suggestion box


    Component continued
    Component - Continued

    • Program Evaluation- Each family child care home and child care center will use an appropriate early childhood environment rating scale to assess the program.

    • Family child care providers will use the Family Day Care Environment Rating Scale (FDCERS).

    • Child care centers will use the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS), the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) and the School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale (SACERS). The scale to be used will be determined by the type of program, home or center, and the ages of the children served.


    Tiered reimbursement level 2
    Tiered Reimbursement Level 2

    • Accreditation self-study begun

    • Credentialed at level 2 or higher (center staff – 60% of teachers).

    • Meets licensing requirements plus 15 minutes of reading activities per day with the children

    • Involved parents in at least 2 ways

    • Self assessment using the ERS

    • Staff evaluation developed and implemented( child care centers only)

    • Incremental salary scale based on education and experience (center only)

    • Continued training

    • Assistant group leaders and aides must complete 6 clock hours per year.


    Tiered reimbursement level 3
    Tiered Reimbursement Level 3

    • Accreditation self-study completed

    • Credentialed at level 3 or higher (center staff – 60% of teachers).

    • Meets licensing requirements plus 15 minutes of reading activities per day with the children

    • Involved parents in at least 4 ways

    • Independent assessment using the ERS - average score per group assessed of 4 or higher

    • Staff evaluation used regularly implemented( child care centers only)

    • Incremental salary scale based on education and experience (center only)

    • Benefit Package (center only)

    • Continued training

    • Assistant group leaders and aides must complete 9 clock hours per year.


    Tiered reimbursement level 4
    Tiered Reimbursement Level 4

    • Accreditation self-study completed

    • Credentialed at level 4 or higher (center staff – 60% of teachers).

    • Meets licensing requirements plus 15 minutes of reading activities per day with the children

    • Involved parents in at least 6 ways

    • Independent assessment using the ERS - average score per group assessed of 5 or higher

    • Staff evaluation used regularly( child care centers only)

    • Incremental salary scale based on education and experience (center only)

    • Benefit Package (center only)

    • Continued training

    • Assistant group leaders and aides must complete 12 clock hours per year.


    Application process1
    Application process

    • Complete application, sign and date using blue ink

    • Attach all required documentation:

      • Accreditation

      • Registration/Licensing certificate

      • Credentialing certificate/s

      • Program daily schedule

      • Verification of parent involvement

      • ERS score sheet

      • Staff evaluations

      • Staff and parent survey

      • Verification of incremental salary

      • Benefit package

      • Continued training

    • Send to:

      MSDE

      OCC – Credentialing Branch

      200 West Baltimore Street, 10th Floor

      Baltimore MD 21201



    Accreditation support
    Accreditation Support

    • Funds are available to registered family child care providers and licensed child care centers to pay for the cost of the program accreditation application fee.

    • Awards made through this fund may not be used for any other cost of meeting the requirements of program accreditation.


    Application fees
    Application Fees

    An applicant may receive no more than: The actual cost of the accreditation application fee up to a maximum of:

    • $700 for a family child care home, or

    • $1,000 for a child care center.

      A family child care provider or child care center may apply for accreditation support to pay for:

    • The initial accreditation application, including the self-study phase; or

    • A renewal accreditation application.

    • A program may receive more than one award during the availability of the fund, but no more than one award per year.


    Accreditation support awards
    Accreditation Support Awards

    Awards are assigned a priority by the Office of Child Care, with the highest priority given to programs serving Title 1 school districts. OCC will make accreditation support awards:

    • Until an award has been made to each eligible applicant; or

    • As long as funds are available.


    Accreditation organizations recognized by msde
    Accreditation Organizations recognized by MSDE

    • For Family Child Care Providers

      • The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

    • For Child Care Centers

      • American Montessori Internationale/USA (AMI/USA)

      • American Montessori Society (AMS)

      • Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS)

      • Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)

      • Middle States Commission – Early Ages (MSCES-Early Years)

      • Middle States Commission of Elementary Schools (MSCES)

      • National Accreditation Commission (NAC)

      • National Afterschool Association (NAA)

      • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

      • National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

      • National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA)


    Web sites e mail addresses
    Web-Sites E-mail Addresses

    MSDE – Maryland State Department of Education www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/divisions/child_care/credentials

    NAEYC – National Association for the Education for Young Children

    www.naeyc.org

    NECPA – National Early Childhood Program Accreditation

    www.necpa.net

    NAA – National After School Association

    www.naaweb.org

    NAFCC – National Association for Family Child Care

    www.nafcc.org

    NCCIC – National Child Care Information Center

    www.nccic.org

    NECTAC – National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

    www.nectac.org

    Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

    www.fpg.unc.edu


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