All licensed center child care and registered family child care professionals in Maryland are required to obtain training to meet child care licensing requirements.

This training can also be used to meet the requirements of the Maryland Child Care Credential Program.  Maryland has an established Framework of Knowledge and Competencies for child and youth care professionals aligned with state and national standards for professional preparation and quality workforce development. 

All training delivered by Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) approved trainers is reviewed prior to delivery to ensure framework alignment, content validity, and reliability.

We appreciate trainers with a passion for delivering high-quality training that directly affects the quality of care provided to the children of Maryland. If you are considering supporting the professional child care community by becoming an approved trainer, we thank you for your interest and look forward to working with you to support this goal. 

In this section of the site, you can learn more about becoming a trainer and how to conduct training in Maryland.

If you’re seeking approval to become a child care trainer, the first step is to complete the Maryland Child Care Trainer Orientation. The dates for Orientations during 2020 and 2021 are:     

  • October 9, 2020 Registration opens August 1, 2020
  • January 8, 2021 Registration opens November 1, 2020
  • April 9, 2021 Registration opens February 1, 2021
  • July 9, 2021 Registration opens May 1, 2021
  • October 8, 2021 Registration opens August 1, 2021

All sessions are held from 9:30 am-12:30 pm.

Prescreening and Registration are required to attend. Contact us by email at 

Quarterly Trainer Meeting Dates

Attendance at quarterly trainers meetings is required to maintain approval for independent trainers and training organizations. Registration is not required. Reminders will be emailed one week prior to the meeting. If you are not receiving these reminders, please contact us by emailing

  • August 13, 2020
  • October 13, 2020 – Trainer’s Conference
  • January 22, 2021
  • April 23, 2021
  • July 22, 2021
  • October 2021 – TBD (Annual Conference)

Annual Conference - Empowering Trainers through an Equity Mindset

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Keynote addresses by Dr. Lorena Mancilla and Mawule Sevon with two breakouts.

Additional information, links and resources:

  • For COVID-19 updates related to MSDE Approved Trainers, please click here.