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

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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Steps to Obtaining your Home Visitor CDA

Home Visitors are adult educators who work with the parents of young children and demonstrate competence in managing cases of home visits as well as establishing working relationships with other community agencies to support the program.

1. Make certain that you meet the eligibility requirements to go through the Home Visitor CDA Assessment process:
  • You hold a minimum of high school diploma or GED
  • You have the ability to speak, read and write in the language of assessment
  • You have 480 hours of professional experience within the last 3 years – This experience needs to be working in a home visitor program serving families with children ages birth-five years
2. Call the Council for Professional Recognition (1-800-424-4310) or visit their website ( and purchase a Home Visitor Competency Standards book. When it arrives, read it and become familiar with all the requirements and process. You may purchase the Home Visitor Competency Standards Book at any time, but we recommend you order it as soon as possible.

3. Complete 120 clock hours of formal education in the 8 CDA Subject Areas specific to home visitation.
Care Courses is not currently offering the 120 clock hours of formal education for the Home Visitor CDA.

4. Complete the information collection.
  • Distribution of Family Questionnaires (minimum of 4 families in case load)
  • Development of a Professional Portfolio
  • Parent Observation Permission Form
  • CDA Assessor Recommendation
5. Once you have successfully completed the 120 hours of training and the information collection as described above, you are ready to apply:
  • Identify  a Home Visitor Professional Development (PD) Specialist and confirm availability for the Verification Visit
  • Program Director has completed the Director’s Permission Statement as part of the application
  • Submit your application online at ($425) or by mail to the Council ($500)
6. After mailing your application to the CDA Council, you will receive notification to schedule the Verification Visit with the Home Visitor PD Specialist you have identified. The final steps include:
  • Review of the Professional Portfolio by the PD Specialist
  • Observation completed by the PD Specialist conducting a home visit with one family.
  • Reflect session which is a dialogue with the PD Specialist to discuss areas of strength and growth
These steps are documented in detail in the application packet. Questions regarding preparation for the final assessment should be directed to the Council. The Council maintains a toll-free hotline to answer questions and to provide assistance. Call 1-800-424-4310 or 202-265-9090, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.