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Care Courses offers distance-learning courses for child care providers and parents. Use our childcare professional development clock hours for most US States continuing education inservice requirements and registries, for CDA Certification (Child Development Associate Credential), for CDA Renewal and for NAC Renewal. All our professional development courses give both Clock Hours and IACET CEUs.

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Early childhood child care training can be fun, interesting, and relevant to your daily work and experience! We've been offering professional development classes for over 30 years; we love what we do and truly want to make your experience fantastic.

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The Art of Child Care

20 Clock Hours / 2.0 CEUs / $60.00

Course Description: 

In The Art of Child Care you will learn the characteristics, qualifications, duties and responsibilities of an effective early childhood professional; young children's learning goals; the importance of developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood education; the importance of caregiver-child interactions for children's feelings of self worth; ways to help children develop pro-social behaviors; ways to facilitate children's learning through field trips and nature study activities. 

A wonderful course on child development, this course covers current information available on excellent care giving, including meeting children’s needs, helping children learn problem solving, and facilitating their social, emotional, and intellectual growth. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Learning Outcomes: After completing The Art of Child Care you will be able to describe important responsibilities of effective early childhood caregivers and teachers when it comes to respecting children; recognize the importance of close, emotionally-involving relationships for young children’s social and emotional development; explain elements of interpersonal relationships that influence emotional well-being; and distinguish appropriate from inappropriate responses to child behaviors. Read more.

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
ACC-13N9 CourseBook English202.0 $60.00
ACC-23N9 Online Course English202.0 $60.00

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

Topics Covered in The Art of Child Care:

  • The value of child care as a profession 
  • Qualifications and responsibilities of an effective caregiver 
  • Effective ways to work with parents 
  • Effective ways for the professional childcare provider to foster children's intellectual development 
  • Effective techniques for the professional childcare provider to build children's positive self-esteem 
  • Effective techniques for the professional childcare provider to promote children's social development 
  • Effective techniques for the professional childcare provider to build children's social problem solving skills 
  • Effective techniques for the professional childcare provider to share the joy of discovery with children 

Prerequisites: Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology: Read written material; view videos; listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods: Multiple choice quizzes and written assignments.

What students say about The Art of Child Care:  

This was just excellent material. At 65 with 17 years of teaching it provided new insights and valuable information. I needed it!  - Minneapolis, Minnesota  

This is by far the best course I have taken in my field. I have been in child development since 1987 when I was a student at Penn State.  As a junior I developed a love of child development. I actually graduated in anthropology but went into the childcare field.  This course is cutting-edge.  It is truly the art of child care.  It encompasses my firm beliefs in how children should be interacted with.  I applaud you for this wonderful study! - Houston, Texas  

I am so happy with these courses. They are very informative. I have been a licensed daycare provider for five years. I am currently going to my local college for my associates in early childhood development. They have a lot of information in them. I will soon open my own center and be the Director.  Your courses are wonderful. Thank you. -  Johnston, Rhode Island

Completion deadline: This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.
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Care Courses currently offers over 60 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official online certificate of completion. The free CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

Care Courses' course tuition entitles one person to receive the clock hours granted by a course upon successful completion.  Bundle pricing covers tuition for all the courses included in a bundle.

To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must adhere to and sign our honor code, follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. You will be given a second chance to make 70% or better. Should you fail to do so, you will receive a letter indicating that you did not pass the course and may not retake the course for 12 months.

Clock hours and CEUs are documented on official Care Courses certificates of completion which are accessed in the My Courses area of your account.

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