Child Care Assistant - Individuals with Disabilities, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

Child care assistants/classroom aides assist the lead teacher in a day care or preschool in preparation for lessons and caring for the nutritional, safety, and social needs of young children.​

This program prepares students with learning to work as classroom aides in early childhood education. Students learn the theories of human development and physical growth along with family and diversity issues. This track provides instruction that is multisensory, multimodal, personalized, and incorporates elements of universal design for learning. classes are taught with a low student-teacher ratio to better meet the needs of individual learners.

Students entering this program should have a desire to work with young children, strong verbal communication skills​, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to follow directions, and the ability to learn routines.

Child care assistant/classroom aide jobs can be found with for-profit and non-profit organizations. Additional career information may be found in Career Coach:​

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1. prepare to be able to assist a lead teacher in a child care setting, and

2. teach curriculum using methods designed for special learners.​

Program Credentials

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will earn a CCBC Workforce Training Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Length of Training

​15 weeks

Program Requirements

4th Grade Reading Level - according to an assessment that will be administered during an intake interview​, and the ability to lift 50 lbs.

This program is eligible for Baltimore County Public Schools Blueprint funding

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Selective Entry – Please call 443-840-3262 to schedule an interview and assessment.

Program Course Sequence

​Course Number

Co​urse Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




Growth and Development in Early Childhood






Skills and Concepts for Employment






Single Step Childcare Internship





 Course Series Totals:







Additional Information

Career Opportunities:

Assistant in a day care or preschool.

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Program Contact Information

Program Coordinator: Jennifer Cabana | | 443-840-3451 | Dundalk MASH 105
Administrative Assistant: Gennifer Toich | | 443-840-3262 | Dundalk MASH 104​