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Office of Child Care. Credentialing Branch. Credentialing Branch. There are Seven Programs in the Credentialing Branch: The Maryland Child Care Credential Tiered Reimbursement until 6/2013 Training Approval Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund Voucher/Tuition Reimbursement

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Office of child care

Office of Child Care

Credentialing Branch


Credentialing branch

Credentialing Branch

There are Seven Programs in the Credentialing Branch:

  • The Maryland Child Care Credential

  • Tiered Reimbursement until 6/2013

  • Training Approval

  • Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund

  • Voucher/Tuition Reimbursement

  • Accreditation Support

  • Accreditation


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)


Education requirements level 2

Future Requirements

Education Requirements Level 2

Current Requirements

45 clock hours of Core of Knowledge training

A minimum of 20 clock hours in Child Development

45 clock hours of training

17 hours of Child Development

3 hours - Introduction to observation and Assessment of Children Birth through 12 yrs

3 hours - Developmentally Appropriate Practice (including children with special needs)

3 hours - Including all Children and the Americans with Disabilities Act

3 hours - Introduction to the Environment Rating Scales

16 hours additional core of knowledge training in any area(s)


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.


Education requirements level 3

Future Requirements

Education Requirements Level 3

Current Requirements

90 clock hours of Core of Knowledge training

A minimum of 20 clock hours of training in Child Development

A minimum of 20 clock hours of training in Curriculum

90 clock hours of Core of Knowledge training

17 hours of Child Development

17 hours of Curriculum

3 hours - Introduction to observation and Assessment of Children Birth through 12 yrs

3 hours - Developmentally Appropriate Practice (including children with special needs)

3 hours - Including all Children and the Americans with Disabilities Act

3 hours - Introduction to the Environment Rating Scales

3 hours-Nutrition and Active Learning

3 hours-The Child Care Provider as a Professional

38 hours additional core of knowledge training in any area(s)


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.


Education requirements level 4

Future Requirements

Education Requirements Level 4

Current Requirements

135 clock hours Core of Knowledge training that consists of:

45 hours child development

30 hours curriculum

20 hours health, safety and nutrition

15 hours special needs

15 hours professionalism

10 hours community

135 clock hours Core of Knowledge training that consists of:

45 hours child development

30 hours curriculum

20 hours health, safety and nutrition

15 hours special needs

15 hours professionalism

10 hours community


Future education requirements for level 4

Curriculum

Future Education Requirements for Level 4

Child Development

45 hours Child Development

3 hours- Introduction to Observation and Assessment of Children Birth through 12 years

3 hours-Developmentally Appropriate Practice

3 hours-Positive Guidance and Discipline Theory

36 hours additional core of knowledge training in Child Development

30 hours Curriculum

3 hours-Developmentally Appropriate Practice

3 hours-Resources that Guide Daily Planning

3 hours-Taking Learning Outside

21 hours additional core of knowledge training in Curriculum


Future education requirements for level 41

Special Needs

Future Education Requirements for Level 4

Health, Safety, Nutrition

20 hours Health, Safety, Nutrition

3 hours-Nutrition and Active Learning

3 hours-Playground Safety

14 hours additional core of knowledge training in Health, Safety, Nutrition

15 hours Special Needs

Including all Children and the Americans with Disabilities Ave

Supporting Children with Disabilities, Delays or Special Health Care Needs

9 hours additional core of knowledge training in Special Education


Future education requirements for level 42

Community

Future Education Requirements for Level 4

Professionalism

15 hours Professionalism

3 hours-Introduction to the Environment Rating Scales

3 hours-The Child Care Provider as a Professional

3 hours-Conflict Resolution Strategies

6 hours additional core of knowledge training in Professionalism

10 hours Community

3 hours-Anti-Bias/Cultural Competence

3 hours-Family and Community Partnerships

4 hours additional core of knowledge training in Community


Meeting future requirements

Meeting future requirements

  • New Maryland Child Care Credential Applicants

  • Current participants moving from level to level(s) 2,3,4

  • Approved trainings that meet the established outcomes and indicators for each of the future 3 hour courses will be applied towards future education requirements for levels 2,3, and 4


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


    Office of child care

    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 $200, 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 $200.

    • 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 $200 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.


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