Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center

Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center (BCCCRC) serves as the hub for issues relating to the care and education of young children in the City of Baltimore. BCCCRC is a member agency of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network, and serves parents, child care providers, the business community and others who are interested in early care and education. BCCCRC is committed to providing leadership and services to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of child care in Baltimore City.

November & December 2023 Virtual Training Schedule

 Register online

November Trainings:

Working with Mixed Age Groups

Working with a group of children who are different ages presents childcare providers with unique challenges and opportunities. Learn strategies to overcome challenges, create daily schedules and meet the needs of each child.

2 hours Child Development, 1 hour Curriculum

Wednesday, November 15

6:00pm – 9:00pm

$10.00 Must pre-register


Including All Children and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA)

This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the requirements for ADA and inclusionary practices. Participants will leave with a better understanding of best practices and available resources. This training will meet the 3-hour training requirement for MSDE.

3 hours Special Needs

Thursday, November 16

6:00pm – 9:00pm

$10.00 Must pre-register


Understanding Temperament: Implications for Working with Young Children

In this training, participants will learn the definition of temperament and its nine traits, the three main types of temperament and the term, ‘goodness of fit.’  Through partner discussions, chart activities and case scenarios, participants will actively investigate the best ways to create an environment that will allow for differences in temperament. Temperament as it relates to children with special needs will be explored along with strategies to encourage peer-modeling and the building of social skills.

2 hours Child Development, 1 hour Curriculum

Saturday, November 18

9:00am – 12:00pm

$10.00 Must pre-register


Toilet Training: Catching the Cues of the Potty Dance

This workshop is designed to address challenges of toilet training in a childcare program. We will discuss developmental readiness of the child vs. the readiness of the adult, learn sure fire toilet training techniques including celebrating and the power of peer pressure, and begin to develop a program letter for your toilet training policies and practices.

2 hours Child Development

Wednesday, November 29

6:30pm – 8:30pm

$10.00 Must pre-register

December 2023

Using Art to Heal Trauma

Giving children opportunities to express themselves through creative art activities enables them to process experiences that trouble them. Explore the impact of trauma on the developing brain and explore the benefits to children of open art centers and free expressive art.

3 hours Special Needs

Saturday, December 2

9:00am – 12:00pm

$10.00 Must pre-register


Basic Health & Safety and Breastfeeding

This workshop provides basic information about critical health and safety topics for all childcare providers to meet the requirement of the proposed licensing regulation regarding training in basic health and safety areas and breastfeeding. Key topics include establishing and maintaining safe and healthy environments; safe practices to prevent and reduce injuries, identification and reporting of abuse or neglect and proper sanitation practices and procedures. Completion of this training does not meet regulatory requirements for specified training in Medication Administration, CPR / First Aid, or Emergency and Disaster Preparedness.

3 hours Health, Safety and Nutrition

Wednesday, December 6

6:00pm – 9:00pm

$10.00 Must pre-register


A Sense of Place: Human Geography in the Early Childhood Classroom

Developing a sense of place through geographic experiences helps build the social and emotional foundation children need and will one day use as adults.

2 hours Curriculum

Thursday, December 7

6:30pm – 8:30pm

$10.00 Must pre-register


Take a Look in a Book: Infant and Toddler Emergent Literacy

In this training you will learn how language-rich interactions and environments help children develop communication skills, patience, empathy, and literacy—all of which are critical to success in school and beyond.

2 hours Curriculum

Saturday, December 9

9:00 am – 11:00am

$10.00 Must pre-register


Medication Administration (In-person)

Note: This class will be held at the Julie Center –100 S Washington Street, Baltimore MD 21231.

This class fulfills the MSDE/OCC requirements for all Childcare professionals.

6 hours Health, Safety and Nutrition

Saturday, December 9

9:00am – 3:30pm

$60.00 Must pre-register


Emotions Matter

Children experience many emotions throughout the day. Learn why these emotions, positive and negative, have an impact on their development and learn why it is important to teach children how to handle those emotions.

3 hours Child Development

Wednesday, December 13

6:00pm – 9:00pm

$10.00 Must pre-register


Early Childhood and Social Emotional Health

This training will outline the importance and identify social emotional skills in the context of positive relationships. Participants will learn concrete strategies to build positive relationships with children and families. Participants will learn how to communicate effectively with small children in a positive and developmentally appropriate manner about challenging behaviors and the importance of staying safe with practices to prevent Germs from spreading.

3 hours Child Development

Thursday, December 14

6:00pm – 9:00pm

$10.00 Must pre-register


Circle Time: You Can Make It Developmentally Appropriate

Are you tired of the same boring circle time routines, calendar, weather, etc.? In this interactive session, you will walk away with three concrete success strategies to ensure your circle time is more than just a routine experience but an engaging and learning opportunity! You will learn how to support all domains while involving children in a way that promotes their individual developmental needs.

3 hours Curriculum

Saturday, December 16

9:00am – 12:00pm

$10.00 Must pre-register


Child Development and Developmental Delays

Participants will be presented with information on how to distinguish the difference between typical and atypical child development. They will leave with information on how to implement accommodations and modifications to better work with children with developmental delays and resources to utilize when development is atypical. Also, participants will learn strategies for working with children exhibiting typical development to strengthen their development.

1 hour Child Development, 1-hour Special Needs

Wednesday, December 20

6:30pm – 8:30pm

$10.00 Must pre-register


Discoveries of Infancy: The What and How of Learning

Studies consistently show that babies learn the most and will likely remember what they learn when they can control what is happening. It is all about the experiences they choose (not necessarily those chosen for them) that help them learn fastest and most completely. This workshop explores the discovery of understanding that occurs in six main areas called the “Discovery of Infancy” theory.

2 hours Professionalism

Thursday, December 21

6:30pm – 8:30pm

$10.00 Must pre-register

Zoom In Spaces

“Zoom In” are spaces where you can connect with BCCCRC staff and the childcare community in Baltimore City. During these informal sessions you can ask questions, listen to what others share, and learn about a variety of topics related to childcare.

During “Zoom In” Child Development Associate (CDA) sessions you will join a cohort of family childcare providers who want to learn more about the process of earning their CDA’s.

When: Monthly

Time: 6:30-7:30

Preregistration is required.

For more information contact: 

Brandi Walker at


During “Zoom In” Family Childcare Accreditation Support Group sessions you learn about the process of becoming a nationally recognized family childcare program of excellence through NAFCC’s Accreditation Program.

When: Monthly

Time: 6:30-7:30

For more information contact Brandi Walker at


During “Zoom In” Infant & Toddler Advisory Committee sessions you will learn  more about caring for infants and toddlers, curriculum ideas, and resources to share with new parents.

When: Monthly

Time: 11:30-12:30

For more information contact Sue Penix at


During  “Zoom In” Childcare Provider Virtual Support Group sessions you will be given space to

share personal experiences, offer one another emotional and moral support, and discuss a range of topics with the BCCCRC Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants.

When: 3rd Tuesday of each month

Time: 12:30-1:30

Zoom Link:

Zoom Meeting ID: 864 8781 7720

Preregistration is not required.

For more information contact: Suzanne Funk or Tova Hoicowitz


During “Zoom In” STEAM in a Backpack sessions you will join a community of learners in a discussion group where all things science, technology, engineering, art, and math are shared with an emphasis on the incorporating the natural sciences in fun and exciting ways into your program.

When: Monthly

Time: 6:30-7:30

For more information contact Sue Penix at


During “Zoom In” Credentialing Support Group sessions you will have the opportunity to learn about the credential and receive assistance going through the initial credentialing process or renewing your credential.

When: Monthly

Time: 6:30-7:30

For more information contact Chaquana Truitt at


Find a BCCCRC Group on  Facebook

Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Child Care – This group is a place for providers, parents and those working with infants and toddlers to share curriculum ideas and seek help with issues related to infants and toddlers. To find the group simply type Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Child Care in the in search box on Facebook. For more information contact Sue Penix at


Free Swap Child Care Baltimore, Baltimore & Carroll Counties – This is a group where providers list FREE items related to caring for children that they no longer need but are still in good working order for others who may have a need for them in their program. Items being offered include art and crafts supplies, children’s books, resource books, toys, and furniture for childcare programs. Everything on the site is free. Exchanges are arranged between the two providers for pickup or delivery. To find the group simply type Free Swap Child Care Baltimore, Baltimore & Carroll Counties search box on Facebook. For more information contact Sue Penix at

Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center-The official Facebook site for the Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center. To find the group simply type Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center in the search box on Facebook.


BCCCRC Programs

Training & Technical Assistance for Providers

BCCCRC provides technical assistance and high quality training on a wide variety of topics to assist early care and education providers and others in expanding their knowledge of child development and best practices for caring for young children. The Training Department offers 2-hour to 6-hour workshops, series trainings, and pre-service certificate trainings all of which meet the Office of Child Care’s regulation requirements as well as Core of Knowledge for the Maryland Child Care Credential.

Technical assistance, information, and expert advice are provided to current and prospective child care providers in both family and center based programs.

Early Intervention Project

Providing social/emotional support to Baltimore City pre-school children in child care settings. If you are concerned about your young child’s development, behavior, interaction with peers, or If your child has experienced difficulties in a group setting, the Early Intervention Project can help with free on-site consultation and support for young children in child care or nursery school settings.

Resources For Families & Parents

LOCATE Child Care

Selecting child care is an important decision for you and your child. The quality of care, cost and convenience of location will have a big impact on your lives. LOCATE: Child Care is a free phone service that can help you find child care that fills your needs. LOCATE can also help you find Head Start and Early Head Start programs, private nursery school and kindergarten programs, public pre-k programs, school age programs and summer camps.

LOCATE: Child Care Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Call LOCATE: Child Care at 1-877-261-0060

If you would like to save time and complete the intake form prior to talking with a LOCATE counselor, submit the Parent Intake Form online.

If at any time during your child care search or after making child care arrangements, you should have concerns regarding your child’s care, you can always call LOCATE: Child Care and speak with a referral counselor. If your concern is based on a regulatory issue, you can call the Office of Child Care at 410-554-8300 and describe your complaint to a licensing specialist or a LOCATE counselor can take the complaint and forward it to the Office of Child Care for you. For concerns about a Child Care Program, Click Here.

Special Needs Services

Do you have a child with a special need? Do you need child care?

LOCATE: Child Care can help you find care that meets your child’s needs!

More Resources for Providers

Online Trainings

Great news….the 90-Hour Pre-service Training (Preschool) is now available through the eLearning platform. Go to the ONLINE CHILD CARE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION CENTER for registration information and to see all the available high quality eLearning options available.

If you purchased elearning prior to December 7, 2021, you may continue to access those materials here. It is recommended that you complete all purchased training by June 30, 2022, prior to this website being deactivated. Should you have any questions, please contact Maryland Family Network at

LOCATE for Providers

LOCATE: Child Care is one (but not the only) tool that providers can use to market their programs. Program records that are complete and accurate help counselors serve the needs of parents best and help us to refer your program to parents looking for services you provide.

CDA Grant Program

Maryland Family Network, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), and the Council for Professional Recognition are partnering to provide thousands of Maryland’s early childhood educators with financial support to help them earn the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. These financial awards will cover registration and other fees as well as books required for the program. By earning their CDA, Maryland’s child care professionals will  expand their career options and have greater knowledge with which to serve young children across our state.

Maryland Family Network’s LOCATE: Child Care is a comprehensive directory of child care offerings throughout the state. Because parents regularly visit this site to make informed decisions about child care, it is critically important that information be accurate and updated. The more complete your listing is, the better MFN can help parents find and choose your child care program.

Please review and, if necessary, update your record today.

Click to update your Child Care Provider Record





BCCCRC helps parents who are looking for child care, provides training and technical assistance for child care professionals, and assists employers interested in helping their employees to balance work and family life. BCCCRC is Quality Assured by Child Care Aware America.




  • Tracy Harris, Director
  • Jennell Bailey, Administrative Assistant
  • Michelle Giove, Program Manager

Training and Technical Assistance

  • Sue Penix, Infant Toddler Coach
  • Brandi Walker, Early Childhood Coach, TA Family Child Care
  • Chaquana Truitt, Early Childhood Coach, TA Center-based Programs
  • Courtney Ross, Technical Assistance Specialist for Growing Opportunities in Family Child Care
  • Dazhane Clark, Technical Assistance Specialist for Growing Opportunities in Family Child Care
  • Whitney Meador, Technical Assistance Specialist for Growing Opportunities in Family Child Care
  • LaTonya Anderson, Family Resource Specialist
  • Nea Williams, Family Resource Specialist
  • Jenae Bell, Early Childhood Business Coach

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

  • Suzanne Funk, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
  • Erica Rea, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
  • Kelly Darcey, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
  • Chakyra Whittington, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

    Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Resource Room:

    Monday -Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm or by appointment

    The Family Tree
    2108 N Charles St.
    Baltimore, Maryland 21218

    Google Maps Directions

    Contact Us:
    Phone: 410-889-2300
    Fax: 410-637-8385

    The Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center is a member of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network with funding provided from the Maryland State Department of Education, through Maryland Family Network.

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