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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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The Early Childhood Professional

16 Clock Hours / 1.6 CEUs

The Early Childhood Professional

Course Description for The Early Childhood Professional:

This course is written for all early childhood professionals, working in homes or centers. Become a more professional child care worker as you examine standards for high-quality child care and ways to show respect for diversity among children and families, develop congenial relationships with families and staff, and manage stress. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.


Learning Outcomes: After completing The Early Childhood Professional you will be able to describe the purpose of child care and early education; recognize the characteristics of various types of child care; identify how to assess the quality of your early childhood program; identify “developmentally appropriate practice” in child care; and list various program requirements and rules to apply to your child care setting. Read more.

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
ECP-13N9 CourseBook English161.6 $57.00
ECP-23N9 Online Course English161.6 $57.00

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

NAC: The NECPA Commission, Inc. has approved this educational program as meeting the criteria for continuing education for the National Administrator Credential.

Topics Covered in The Early Childhood Professional: 
  • Standards for a high-quality child care environment 
  • The purpose of child care and early childhood education 
  • Characteristics of developmentally appropriate child care 
  • The meaning of professionalism in child care 
  • Characteristics necessary for child care providers
  • Duties and responsibilities of various jobs in the child care profession
  • Ethical standards for child care professionals
  • Respecting diversity among children and families
  • Ways to analyze classrooms for an anti-bias approach
  • Ways to show respect for family differences
  • Ways to ensure a congenial relationship with parents
  • How to plan and conduct parent conferences
  • Characteristics of successful communication with parents
  • Guidelines for harmonious staff relationships
  • Five-step problem-solving process
  • Stress management strategies
  • Sources, signs, and effects of stress
  • Ways to reduce stress in child care settings
  • Ways to improve your own stress management skills and help children develop their own coping skills 

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.

Comments on The Early Childhood Professional:

This is the third Care Course that I have ordered. They have all been great. I keep all the books and often refer to them. What a wonderful way to learn and earn hours.  - Southaven, Mississippi

I loved downloading the course as it gave me time to read in my spare time. I could pick a time when it was quiet, and I have the course on hand when I want to go back and reread it if I want. Thank you for offering these [Early Childhood Professional, Preschoolers in Child Care] online. - Baxter Springs, Kansas

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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