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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 decided to go into child care and my director recommended me to take the CDA course. I think it is great."

Shawn in New York

jane“I just want to say I enjoyed taking this online class. It’s was very easy to complete online, since I’m not much of a computer person. It was nice to work on it when it fit my hours."

Danielle in Wisconsin


Zoica“Everything went very well! I received all of my certificates in a very timely manner! I love your program and am recommending it to other staff members in our organization! I plan on using your program in the very near future myself! Thank you for such a great service!”

Lynn in California

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.

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Pennsylvania Act 48


Care Courses is an approved provider of PA Act 48 professional development hours.
The following courses are accepted towards the required 180 hours of continuing professional education. Please click on a course title for more information and to order.

To report your professional development to Act 48 please complete the Act 48 Reporting Form.
 Course Title Hours

 ADHD

10 hours

 After-School Programs

8 hours

 The Art of Child Care

20 hours

 Caring for Children in Your Home

20 hours

 Child Care Administration

20 hours

 Children with Special Needs: Autism Spectrum Disorder

16 hours

 Children with Special Needs: Physical Disabilities

8 hours

 Children’s Challenging Behaviors

10 hours

 Creating Schedules and Routines

4 hours

 Discipline in Child Care

20 hours

 The Early Childhood Professional

16 hours

 Early Childhood Stress: Serious Stress in Children's Lives

5 hours

 Facilitating Staff Skill Development

14 hours

 Family Diversity

6 hours

 First Steps in Child Care: An Orientation

3 hours

 Friendly Environments, Safe Environments

6 hours

 Great Beginnings: An Introduction to Child Care

8 hours

 Great Days with Kids: Curriculum and Lesson Planning

5 hours

 Hiring the Best: Staffing Solutions for Early Childhood Facilities

10 hours

 Imagination at Play

6 hours

 Improving Staff Performance

10 hours

 Inclusive Early Childhood Programs

12 hours

 Lead Safety in Child Care

2 hours

 Learning Centers

10 hours

 Let’s Play Outdoors

10 hours

 The Magic of Play

12 hours

 Making Learning Fun

20 hours

 Managing Health and Safety in Child Care

12 hours

 Mixed-Age Groups in Early Childhood Programs

3 hours

 Nurturing Children’s Self-Esteem

20 hours

 Observing, Recording, & Assessing Children's Development

10 hours

 Parents and Child Care

20 hours

 Partnerships with Parents

10 hours

 Preschoolers in Child Care

20 hours

 Principles of Child Development and Learning

10 hours

 The Road to Reading

12 hours

 Sanitation for Disease Prevention

5 hours

 Social-Emotional Development in Young Children

3 hours

 Stress and Day Care

25 hours

 Transitions and Other Troublesome Times

6 hours

 Understanding Children

20 hours

Understanding Each Other: Communicating with Families,
Staff and Your Community

9 hours

Witnesses to Violence: Helping Children Cope in a Violent World

6 hours

The Workplace Environment

14 hours

The following courses are NOT accepted toward the required 180 hours of continuing professional education:
Abuse and Neglect: a Caregiver's Guide to Child Abuse; Biting Hurts!; Child Development in Guidance; Day by Day with Toddlers: Curriculum Planning for Ages 12-24 Months; Emergency Preparedness in Child Care; Fun and Fitness: Addressing Childhood Obesity; Infants in Child Care; A Joyful Life of Caregiving; Keeping Infants Safe; Language Development in Infants, Many Ways to Learn for Toddlers and Preschoolers, Safe Baby, Safe Child; Sun Safety, Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care; Toddlers in Child Care; Toilet Learning; and Understanding and Managing Allergies in Child Care.
What Pennsylvania students say:
"Not being physically in the classroom made it difficult to find courses to renew my teaching certification, so I truly appreciate Care Courses for offering Act 48 viable hours. I will definitely take more courses with your company in the future. Thanks once again!" - Honesdale, PA
"Every course I do I learn more. I really enjoyed this one [Managing Health and Safety]!
- Carlisle, Pennsylvania