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Care Courses offers online classes and book courses for childcare providers, home visitors and parents. Use our childcare continuing education credits for inservice professional development training clock hours for most US States continuing education requirements and registries, for CDA Certification (Child Development Associate Credential), for CDA Renewal and for NAC Renewal. All training gives both Clock Hours and CEUs toward CDA Renewal. Care Courses also offers Spanish courses in book format.

Our informative training programs can be completed anywhere and at any time. Study at home, at the park, or wherever is most convenient for you. Then go online to complete and submit your quiz. Our friendly, knowledgeable instructors offer unlimited student support by phone or email, and are always happy to help!

Early childhood child care training can be fun, interesting, and relevant to your daily work and experience! We've been offering childcare classes for over 20 years; we love what we do and truly want to make your experience fantastic.

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Child Development and Guidance

20 Clock Hours / 2.0 CEUs

Child Development and Guidance Child Care Course
Child Development and Guidance Course Description: 

This course applies to infants, toddlers and preschoolers. 

Learn the typical developmental characteristics of children from birth to 6 years of age, techniques of positive guidance, how to use daily routines and schedules to meet children's developmental needs, manage transitions with ease, plan a developmentally appropriate curriculum, and promote children's development through interesting activities. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

This course is available in both Spanish and English. Click here for the Spanish version. Usted también puede leer este curso en Español.

Lesson Titles: How Children Develop; The Developing Child: Infants and Toddlers; The Developing Child: the Preschool and Transition Years; Positive Guidance; Routines, Schedules, and Transitions; Promoting Child Development Through Activities

Course Formats
Course SKUCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursGeneric CEUsQuantityTuition 
CDG-13A9 CourseBook English202.0 $52.00
CDG-23A9 Online Course English202.0 $52.00

Please note: You need only ONE of the formats listed above. Choose either CourseBook OR Online Course format.

Core of Knowledge/Core Competency/Training Category Info Pages: Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Vermont, Washington State and Wisconsin

Attention Iowa students: This course is not currently approved for Iowa's annual training requirements.

Attention New York Students: Check here for New York specific clock hours for this course.


Topics Covered in Child Development and Guidance:
  • How children develop
  • Typical developmental characteristics (behaviors and skill development) and needs of infants (birth to 12 months), toddlers (1 year to 2½ years), preschoolers (2½ to 5), and transition (5 to 6 years)
  • Ways caregivers can meet the needs of infants and toddlers
  • Checklists for use in assessing the developmental progress of individual children
  • Positive guidance Why children need guidance
  • The meaning of terms relating to guiding children's behavior
  • Techniques of positive guidance
  • Ways to help children develop a positive self-concept, and strategies for dealing with disruptive, non-compliant, and aggressive behaviors
  • Routines, schedules, and transitions between activities
  • Elements of a typical daily schedule for early childhood programs
  • Why routines are important for children's development
  • Typical routines for children's days at an early childhood facility
  • Reasons why transitions are often troublesome Ideas for ensuring pleasant transitions that contribute to children's development and learning
  • Ways to promote child development through activities
  • The meaning of developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Guidelines for developmentally appropriate curriculum planning
  • Goals for young children's development
  • Strategies to promote child development
  • How to develop and use lesson plans
  • Ways to create developmentally appropriate learning environments
  • Suggestions for selecting toys and play equipment to meet children's needs
Comments on Child Development and Guidance:

"Everything so far has been great with my online course order. I like the layout of the course, it is very easy to use."
- British Columbia, Canada

"Everything went so smoothly with the download. I completed my work and mailed in the test yesterday. Love the amount of great information and the flexibility of working at home with my busy schedule. Thanks."
- Dallas, Texas

"Hi and thank you for the follow up email regarding the Care Course I have begun.  So far I have no questions, but want you to know that I am really enjoying the course on Child Development and Guidance.  I am already looking forward to the next one that I will be taking.  Thank you for setting up such a user friendly and informative system of continuing education.  I really appreciate it!"
- Damascus, Maryland

Care Courses Information:

Care Courses offers over 70 professional development courses in English, 16 in Spanish, and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA Process. All courses offer clock hours and an official mailed certificate. The CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

Care Courses' course tuition entitles one person to receive the clock hours (and CEUs for CDA renewal) granted by a course (assuming you pass each lesson/chapter with a 70% or better). Bundle pricing covers tuition for all the courses included in a bundle.

Clock hours and CEUs are documented on original Care Courses certificates mailed through the US Post Office. All course formats receive an original mailed certificate. Once you have completed a course and submitted your answers to us you can expect to receive your certificate within 1-3 weeks (depending on the grading & certificate option you choose).

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