Child Care Training Questions?
CDA Classes & CDA Renewal
1-800-685-7610

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


Shawn"I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found its structure and vernacular to be modern and comprehensible. 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

jane“I think Care Courses are the best online courses! They are easy to understand, navigate and prices are very reasonable."

Kellie, Nowata, Oklahoma



Zoica“Thank you for your support and help. I really appreciate and love the courses. They made a light bulb go on above my head.”

Zoica, Schiller Park, Illinois

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.

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. 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 30 years; we love what we do and truly want to make your experience fantastic.

Care Courses Facebook Care Courses Twitter



Learning Outcomes for Child Development and Guidance

Lesson 1: How Children Develop

After completing Lesson 1, you will be able to

  • explain basic principles of children’s development;
  • describe how young children develop in each developmental domain;
  • explain the importance of nutrition for children’s development;
  • explain the importance of opportunity for children’s development;
  • identify strategies for recognizing and reporting developmental delays and disabilities.

Lesson 2: The Developing Child: Infants and Toddlers

After completing Lesson 2, you will be able to

  • explain typical developmental characteristics (behaviors and skill development) of infants;
  • describe the needs of infants;
  • identify techniques for meeting the needs of infants;
  • explain typical developmental characteristics (behaviors and skill development) of toddlers;
  • describe the needs of toddlers;
  • identify techniques for meeting the needs of toddlers.

Lesson 3: The Developing Child: the Preschool and Transition Years

After completing Lesson 3, you will be able to

  • explain typical developmental characteristics (behaviors and skill development) of children between 2 ½ and 6 years of age.

Lesson 4: Positive Guidance

After completing Lesson 4, you will be able to

  • explain techniques of positive guidance;
  • identify strategies for helping children develop a positive self-concept;
  • identify strategies for dealing with disruptive, noncompliant, and aggressive behaviors.

Lesson 5: Routines, Schedules, and Transitions

After completing Lesson 5, you will be able to

  • name the elements of a typical daily schedule for early childhood programs;
  • explain why routines are important for children’s development;
  • identify strategies for developing daily routines for children’s at an early childhood facility;
  • list reasons why transitions are often troublesome;
  • identify strategies for pleasant transitions that contribute to children’s development.

Lesson 6: Promoting Child Development Through Activities

After completing Lesson 6, you will be able to

  • explain what is meant by curriculum and developmentally appropriate curriculum;
  • identify guidelines for developmentally appropriate curriculum planning;
  • explain how curriculum planning relates to child development and fits within a daily schedule;
  • identify goals for young children’s development at your early childhood program;
  • identify strategies for promoting child development;
  • choose lesson plans for developing all domains of development;
  • choose developmentally appropriate environments, toys, and games at your early childhood program.

Click here to return to the course description page.