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Faren“Our staff has always been very pleased with your services. They enjoy being able to get training hours on their own time, have liked the variety of topics available, and are always impressed at how quickly the books arrive and the tests are graded. Thank you for your services!”  

Kathryn, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Molly“I thoroughly enjoyed the course...I was able to finish the course in a timely manner with ease. I entered my first day at my new daycare with the confidence and knowledge necessary to be an ideal caregiver. Thanks!” 

Faren, Wylie, Texas

Care Courses offers online training classes and book courses for child care providers, home visitors 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 toward CDA Renewal.

Our informative child care 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 coursework. Our friendly, knowledgeable instructors offer unlimited free 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 professional development classes for over 20 years; we love what we do and truly want to make your experience fantastic.

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Caring for Children in Your Home

20 Clock Hours / 2.0 CEUs

Caring for Children in Your Home childcare training course

Caring for Children in Your Home Course Description: 

Written specifically for the home child care provider, this is one of our most popular courses. Thousands of caregivers working in a home setting have taken this course and many of them write or call to tell us how much they have learned. We are glad to hear it!  You can improve your home childcare business and have more fun caring for children by utilizing the great suggestions in this course. Learn to view your work positively and professionally. This course presents many suggestions to help you organize a home childcare business, create an appropriate learning environment and plan fun activities to meet children's developmental needs, provide for children's health, safety, nutrition, and develop positive relationships with parents. Interesting activities plus record-keeping and business forms are included. See the topics listed below for more information on what is covered.


Learning Outcomes:
 After completing Caring for Children in Your Home you will be able to identify reasons for being a family child care provider, as well as reasons not to be a family child care provider; describe the duties and responsibilities of a family child care provider; select appropriate strategies for maintaining a professional and caring relationship with parents; describe the challenges and needs of children in your care and how to support them; and identify strategies for managing your day as a professional. Read more.



Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
CFC-13N9 CourseBook English202.0 $57.00
CFC-23N9 Online Course English202.0 $57.00

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, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri,
New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington State, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Attention students: This course is for home-based child care only.


Topics Covered in Caring for Children in Your Home
  • How to be a professional childcare provider 
  • How to organize a day care home, including organization of space, use of time, selection of equipment, writing a policy statement, interviewing prospective clients, and keeping children's records 
  • How to create an appropriate learning environment for young children, including making rules for children 
  • How to plan fun activities for children 
  • How to identify, report, and help prevent the abuse of young children 
  • How to provide good nutrition for children 
  • How to keep children safe, including supervision and safety-checks 
  • How to develop a positive relationship with the parents of children in a day care home 

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

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

Assessment methods: Final Lesson Multiple Choice Quizzes.

Comments on Caring for Children in Your Home:  

This course Caring for Children in Your Home should be required for all new caregivers to complete requirements for first year clock hours. This course tells what care giving is all about. It addresses so many aspects of child care and also maintaining complete business records. I always learn something valuable with each course I take! Thanks! - Midland, Texas  

This is my second year in the child care business, and this course was just what I needed to evaluate the quality of my program. I learned some very important things about child care that I knew about, but not in the way it was presented to me in this course.  Plus, I got to stay in m own house, at my own kitchen table to take the course. What a blessing! So, I thank all of you for this beautiful way for child care providers to update their job skills and receive credit for them. Providence, Rhode Island  

I have nothing but praise for Care Courses. When I called to inquire about taking some on line courses to satisfy my Child Care license renewal requirement, I had no idea that I was actually going to be treated like a human being. I was pleasantly surprised. I was treated with respect and  courtesy by the Care Courses Rep. To add to my happiness, he was extremely knowledgeable and patient, he helped me choose the correct courses [Caring for Children in Your Home] according to the required number of hours and subjects I needed to take for my Child Care license renewal.I am for ever grateful to Care Courses for being such caring professionals.- Spring Valley, New York

I loved this class and learned so much. It was so thorough and well planned.  thanks for a quality program...looking forward to taking another. PS I am a home-schooling mom too...it was fun for my daughter to see me studying at home.  She said she wished she could get her work finished a quickly as me! - Watonga, Oklahoma  

Everything went great with ordering and receiving my Care e-course. I love your courses and plan on taking several of them as I am working on my CDA. Thanks for making that goal much more "do-able" with the CDA courses available. With a child care provider's schedule, your courses are a dream!! Most of them are done in my PJ's! (Too much info? :-) ) Anyway, I am very happy with Care Courses....thanks! - Warrenton, Virginia


Care Courses Information:

Care Courses has free unlimited assistance! Call us: 1-800-685-7610, Monday through Friday, 9-5 ET for help with your training or for billing and technical support questions. Or email us days, evenings and weekends: info@CareCourses.com, billing@CareCourses.com, or techsupport@CareCourses.com. Our friendly support team is here to help!

Care Courses offers over 60 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official mailed certificate of completion. The 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 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 original Care Courses certificates of completion 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 10 business days (depending on the grading & certificate option you choose).

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