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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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Stress and Day Care

25 Clock Hours / 2.5 CEUs

Stress and Day Care

Stress and Day Care Course Description: 

For all childcare providers, this course will teach you how to cope with different types of stress in child care, increase your happiness, and help children better enjoy their time at your facility. Covers many different sources of stress, including stress in the child care environment, challenging behaviors, and child abuse; sources of stress that families face; signs of stress; effects of stress; ways of handling stress; physical and emotional needs of caregivers and ways to reduce their stress; ways that early childhood facilities can support workers, children, and families. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Learning Outcomes: After completing Stress and Day Care you will be able to describe signs and causes of stress in children and adults; explain how people handle stress; and identify sources of stress in your own life. Read More.

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
SDC-13N9 CourseBook English252.5 $65.00
SDC-23N9 Online Course English252.5 $65.00

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 Stress and Day Care

  • Signs of stress in adults and children
  • Causes of stress in adults and children
  • Ways of handling stress
  • Diversity in family structure and child-rearing practices
  • The function of the family
  • Ways to involve parents in the early childhood facility
  • How to evaluate parent-caregiver conferences
  • How to identify parental needs that should be met by day care services
  • Sources of stress in the day care environment
  • Strategies to reduce stress in the day care environment
  • Ways to help children solve their own problems and develop
  • Signs of serious stress in children
  • Characteristics of families who mistreat children
  • Strategies for handling children who are experiencing stress
  • Community resources that assist families in stress
  • Keeping records of children's behavior
  • The physical and emotional needs of caregivers and ways to meet these needs
  • Ways to reduce and manage stress in your own life
  • How policies and procedures in the day care facility can cause or reduce stress for workers, children, and parents
  • Ways to work with Protective Services to protect at-risk 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.

Comments on Stress and Day Care:

Dear Care Courses Family, I just wanted to let you know how great it was to be able to do this course at my own pace. I really enjoyed it. Day Care has such long hours, even after the day is over, there is always things to do to get ready for the next day, that it was nice to be able to ready this book in my own time. The course was very interesting and helpful. Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful, stress free way to get my credit hours. - Orrington, Maine

This course was absolutely wonderful.  Once I started I could not put it down! - Cuero, Texas

Care Courses Information:

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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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