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Why use Care Courses? Because they're convenient, affordable and you learn so much!

Serita“I love your courses!! I’m always excited to see something new like the Lead Safety course I recently took. I learned a lot and it’s so easy to complete. Keep up the good work!!”

Serita, Halethorpe, Maryland

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Shawn"I am having a ball doing these courses. So much of it is very interesting and also touches a lot on what I learned in college. I graduated with a degree in forensic psychology but decided to go into child care and my director recommended me to take the CDA course. I think it is great. Thank you.”

Shawn, Arverne, New York

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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A Joyful Life of Caregiving

1 Clock Hour / 0.1 CEU

A Joyful Life of Caregiving

A Joyful Life of Caregiving Course Description: 

This 1 clock hour short, fun child care training course suggests many ways to have great days, joyful for you and the children.

A Joyful Life of Caregiving includes lots of ideas to get your creative juices flowing. We really enjoyed creating this course as we brain-stormed ways to help caregivers relax and invigorate days of providing care to children.

This course is also an excellent introduction to Care Courses, and will help you understand our online system and course process.

Most Care Courses are offered in both book (with online testing) and fully online format. A Joyful Life of Caregiving is only offered in our fully online format. Once your order is complete, you should receive an enrollment code email within 2-10 minutes. Use this enrollment code to activate your course within the "My Courses" area of your online Care Courses account.

Learning Outcomes: After completing A Joyful Life of Caregiving you will be able discuss why your work with children is important; discuss ways to create a joyful atmosphere for children and adults; and determine the most important aspects of children’s environments.

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
JOY-20N9 Online Course English10.1 $0.00

Please note: A Joyful Life of Caregiving, normally $12.00, is currently being offered at no cost. At this time it is an entirely free online course. To receive an enrollment code for this course, please add it to your cart and proceed through our checkout process. Care Courses will issue an official certificate of completion upon successful completion of this course. Care Courses issues original, officially printed certificates from our offices in Virginia which are only sent through the US Mail.

Core of Knowledge/Core Competency/Training Category Info Pages: AlabamaDelawareMarylandMinnesotaNew YorkOregonSouth Carolina, and Vermont.

Attention Maryland students: This course is accepted as elective training hours.

Attention Minnesota Students: This course is not accepted by MNCPD.

Topics Covered in A Joyful Life of Caregiving:
  • Ways to create a joyful atmosphere for children and adults
  • Why your work with children is important
  • Ways to take care of yourself

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 quiz and written assignments.

Student comments on A Joyful Life of Caregiving:

Everything [A Joyful Life of Caregiving and Children with Special Needs: Physical Disabilities] was wonderful!  I will absolutely use your services again when I need more training, and would recommend your services to anyone needing them. Thank you so much! – Dixon, Illinois

As always everything went well with my Care Courses [Joyful Life of Caregiving, Sun Safety, Observing and Recording Children’s Development and Sanitation for Disease Prevention].  I will be renewing my CDA and Care Courses is helping me obtain the CEU's I need to complete this task. I will be ordering another Care Course soon.  - North Providence, Rhode Island

I have already completed the course, A Joyful Life of Caregiving. The course was recommended by our director to remind us to find the joy in caring for children. Even though I am a financial secretary for a preschool and get bogged down in the “business” side of caring for children, and I am not in the classroom (except to volunteer on Sundays at church), it was a much needed reminder of some strategies to be the best I can be for the kids and parents, because they deserve it! I really enjoyed the course and would highly recommend it. Thank you for offering it. - Alabaster, Alabama

The course was interesting and relevant to the work I do. My certificate came quickly, the site was easy to use and I will be taking more Care Courses. Thank you for following up! - Bosie, Idaho

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:,, or 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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