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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.

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Family Diversity

6 Clock Hours / 0.6 CEUs

Family Diversity

Family Diversity Course Description: 

This course applies to children of all ages. 

Course discusses cultural and ethnic diversity as well as diversity of family structure and presents ways to support all children in the context of their families. Includes strategies for helping all types of families feel a sense of belonging in early care and education programs. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Learning Outcomes: After completing Family Diversity you will be able to explain how the quality of the teacher-family relationship impacts children’s wellbeing; compare independence- and interdependence-focused caregiving; explain how to communicate effectively across cultural and language barriers; identify the challenges facing interracial, grandparent-headed, and LGBT families; describe the effects of divorce, adoption, and foster care on children and their families; and choose strategies for helping all children and families feel welcomed and valued in your early childhood program.

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
FDV-13N9 CourseBook English60.6 $38.00
FDV-23N9 Online Course English60.6 $38.00

 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: AlabamaDelawareMarylandMinnesotaNew YorkOregonSouth Carolina, and Vermont.

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 Family Diversity:

  • The effects of teacher-family relationships on children's well-being
  • Cultural and family structure differences that impact children's early care and education
  • Strategies for making all families welcome in early childhood environments

Prerequisites: Must be able to fluently read English.

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

Assessment methods: Multiple choice quiz and written assignments.

Student comments on Family Diversity:

I am so impressed and relieved that there is this service. I found the courses I needed [Infant Safety, Abuse and Neglect, and Family Diversity] and even added one just because it looked interesting and I felt I needed a refresher course in that area. - New York, New York

Your classes [Cultural Diversity, Family Diversity, and Children with Special Needs: Autism Spectrum Disorder] are awesome! I received the courses (book) very quickly and completed one right away and started another. Your service is such a wonderful way to get the continuing ed courses I need and get new information instead of the same old stuff that "workshops and seminars" offer. Thank you for the opportunities you afford to preschool teachers. – Cockeysville, Maryland

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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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