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.


Out of caution for the health and welfare of staff and clients, BCCCRC offices at The Family Tree remain closed until further notice.

BCCCRC Staff is available, working remotely from home, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Staff can be reached by email, and telephone messages left on office phones will still be delivered to each staff member via email.

At this time face-to-face training classes are not being held. A full schedule of classes are being offered remotely on the Zoom platform. Updated schedule of classes will be posted on routinely on the BCCCRC web site, on the BCCCRC Facebook page, and through email blasts. Important information is posted on the BCCCRC Facebook page daily. Please be sure to “like” the BCCCRC page and check regularly to receive up to date information.

We are all here to assist you through this crisis. Do not hesitate to reach out to any staff member during the coming days and weeks:

“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: Jennifer Lentz 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 Sue Penix at or Carol Powers 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 Sue Penix at or Carol Powers 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.


June 2021 Virtual Training Schedule

 Register online

Supporting STEM Through Play (NEW)

Participants will learn how to support STEM learning by creating environments that provide opportunities for children to explore, create, and question during play. Participants will identify developmentally appropriate STEM learning activities.

Topic: 2 hours Curriculum

Date: Thursday, June 3

Time: 6 pm-8 pm

Fee: $15; Must pre-register

Family Child Care Pre-service Module 3 – Health, Safety and Nutrition (VIP Package Training)

This workshop will focus on the components of emergency preparedness, menu planning, and on health and safety concerns when caring for young children.

Topic:    4 hours Health, Safety, and Nutrition

Date:     Saturday, June 5

Time:     9 am-1 pm

Fee:       $20; Must pre-register

Indoor & Outdoor Nature Based Learning for Infants and Toddlers

Long before electronic toys, LEGOS or even stuffed animals, infants and toddlers learned in and from their natural environment – nature!  Participants will gain skills, strategies, and techniques for implementing natural STEAM in developmentally appropriate ways for infants and toddlers.

Topic: 3 hours Curriculum

Date: Thursday, June 10

Time: 6 pm-9 pm

Fee: $15; Must pre-register

Family Child Care Pre-service Module 4 – Special Needs (VIP Package Training)

This workshop will cover basic information regarding inclusive childcare; the ADA requirements; and health, behavioral, and developmental issues, and concerns.

Topic:    4 hours Special Needs

Date:     Saturday, June 12

Time:     9 am-1 pm

Fee:       $20; Must pre-register

Working Together: The Importance of Community Helpers in Our Daily Lives

This training explores the importance of community helpers in the lives of young children and how recognizing these people helps to build a community of caring.

Topic: 2 hour Curriculum

Date: Tuesday, May 15

Time: 6 pm-8 pm

Fee: $15; Must pre-register

Medication Administration

In this class, led by a Child Care Nurse Consultant, participants will learn basic information about administering medication to infant, toddlers, and pre-school children. This class fulfills the MSDE/OCC requirement.

Topic: 6 hours Health, Safety and Nutrition

Date: Saturday, June 12

Time: 9 am-3:30 pm

Cost: $60.00; Must pre-register

Reducing Stress and Burnout for Those Caring for Kids

The childcare environment can be stressful at times. Without good self-care, there may be a point when you have nothing left to give due to stress. Through hands-on activities and experiences, as well as self-reflections, providers will explore and increase their familiarity and knowledge with best practices in self-care and ways  reduce stress and prevent burnout.

Topic: 3 hours Health, Safety, Nutrition

Date: Thursday, June 17

Time: 6 pm-9 pm

Fee: $15; Must pre-register

Early Childhood 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. 

Topic: 3 hours Child Development

Date: Saturday, June 19

Time: 9 am-12 pm

Fee: $15; Must pre-register

You Can Do This! Accommodating All Children in You Program

This workshop session provides an overview of the characteristics of inclusive child care and ways caregivers can support different needs for different children.  Participants will discuss and develop ideas for identifying program modifications and accommodations for children who have special needs or disabilities. This workshop does not satisfy any training required by OCC regulations.

Topic: 3 hours Special Needs

Date: Thursday, June 24

Time: 6 pm-9 pm

Fee: $15; Must pre-register

Making Time Happen: Time Management (NEW)

This course is designed to teach childcare providers how to make the most effective use of the time and how to help handle the time that they cannot control.  Topics include how to manage time appropriately through work, rest, and play.

Topic: 3 hours Professionalism

Date: Saturday, June 26

Time: 9 am-12 pm

Fee: $15; Must pre-register

Anti-Bias Cultural Competence Awareness

Everyone has a cultural, ethnic, racial, linguistic and/or religious heritage that influences their beliefs, values, and behaviors.   Creating culturally competent programs that are responsive to the staff members, community and families served can reduce possible conflicts and provides multiple benefits for everyone. Participants will identify and develop strategies to promote cultural competence.

Topic: 3 hours Community

Date: Wednesday, June 30

Time: 6 pm-9 pm

Fee: $15; Must pre-register





BCCCRC Programs

Maryland Child Care Resource Network Compliant Policy

Every member agency of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network strives to provide high quality service to the child care programs and families in their jurisdiction and throughout Maryland. It is our mission to ensure that every interaction with staff at the Child Care Resource Centers is positive and professional.

If you have concerns about an incident or some aspect of service at a Child Care Resource Center, please contact the director/manager directly. Contact information for these individuals can be found here: your-child-care-resource-center.

If you are not satisfied with the way your concern is handled by the director/manager at the Child Care Resource Center, please contact Maryland Family Network at 410-659-7701 or at As the Statewide Coordinating Entity of the Maryland Child Care Resource Network, MFN will investigate the complaint or concern regarding services and take appropriate action.

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, download the Parent’ Intake Form.

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 more information please review the LOCATE: Child Care Complaint Policy.

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.

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.






  • Nancy Pelton, Director
  • Jennell Bailey, Administrative Assistant

Training and Technical Assistance

  • Jennifer Lentz, Professional Development Coordinator
  • Suzanne Funk, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
  • Tova Hoicowitz, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
  • Sue Penix, Infant Toddler/Capacity Building Coordinator
  • Carol Powers, Technical Assistance Coordinator

Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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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