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Early Childhood Education

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Our program provides child care training services including certification courses, continuing education, and onsite-training to meet the education requirements of operating a family center-based child care facility, earn clock hours and CEUs as part of your licensing requirement, or prepare your for applying for the CDA and/or MSDE credentials. 

Informational, innovative, and inspiring, our courses help early childhood educators foster their love of learning and improve their instructional skills. Our courses will enhance your professional skills while working with young children. 

Current Semester Classes

This is a listing of the core of knowledge classes that are offered.  

Early Childhood Education Classes in English 
  1. Child Development
  2. Community
  3. Curriculum
  4. Special Needs
  5. Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  6. Professionalism

Early Childhood Education Brochure Class Information. (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Registration Information

Clases de Educación Infantil 
  1. Curriculo
  2. Desarollo Infantil
  3. Necedidades Especiales
  4. Comunidad
  5. Professionalidad
  6. Salud, Seguridad y Nutricion

Early Childhood Education Brochure Class Information. (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Registration Information

Early Childhood Certificates

These courses meet the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Division of Early Childhood established requirements.  MSDE requires lead teachers to have a high school diploma or GED, be at least 19 years old, and have one year of experience working under supervision.

  • ECH205    Child Growth and Development
  • ECH170    Communication Skills for Child Care Professionals
  • ECH292    Breastfeeding
  • ECH271    Including All Children and the ADA
  • ECH305    Health and Safety Training
  • ECH207    Planning Curricula for Child Care
  • CPR090    CPR and First Aid
  • ECH205    Child Growth and Development
  • ECH208    Planning Curricula for Child Care
  • ECH170    Communication Skills for Child Care Professionals
  • ECH292    Breastfeeding
  • ECH271    Including All Children and the ADA
  • ECH305    Health and Safety Training
  • CPR090    CPR and First Aid
  • ECH205    Child Growth and Development
  • ECH365    School-Age Child Care
  • ECH170    Communication Skills for Child Care Professionals
  • ECH292    Breastfeeding
  • ECH271    Including All Children and the ADA
  • ECH305    Health and Safety Training
  • CPR090    CPR and First Aid

Please call MSDE, Region V (Montgomery County) at 240-314-1400 to schedule an orientation and find out other requisites.

  • ECH197     Family Child Care Pre-service Module Series    (This class can be substituted by ECH205 and ECH207)
  • ECH170    Communication Skills for Child Care Professionals
  • ECH257    Medication Administration
  • ECH172    Emergency Preparedness
  • ECH292    Breastfeeding
  • ECH271    Including All Children and the ADA
  • ECH305    Health and Safety Training
  • CPR090    CPR and First Aid

Related Programs

Providers interested in earning an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education please contact Dr. Sonia Pruneda-Hernandez, Chair of the Early Childhood Education Program, at sonia.pruneda-hernandez@montgomerycollege.edu

On-Site Early Childhood Education Training Available

Most of the Early Childhood Education classes in English and Spanish can also be offered as customized/contract training classes to fit the needs of your organization. All of these classes meet the Maryland State Department of Education Training requirements. We provide CEU certificates for successful course completion. If you are interested in customized/contract training classes, we will be happy to analyze your training needs, design a training program that addresses your unique requirements and provide faculty who are subject matter experts with industry experience.  For information about customized Early Childhood Education classes contact Program Director Nelida Andres at nelida.andres@montgomerycollege.edu or call 240-567-3824

Frequently Asked Questions: 

  • Early Childhood Education, Frequently Asked Questions, in English.
  • Clases de educación infantil, Preguntas mas frecuentes, en español 

Join Us!

The Early Childhood Education Hub. The purpose of the club is to help students reach their goals to be early childhood educators by networking with one another, serving the early childhood community, and building hands on experiences with young children. Earn PAUs.

Meetings are on the first Friday of each month during the academic year on the Rockville Campus at 7 p.m. in 152 SC.

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