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


Cynthia“I want to thank you very much for what you do. The lessons were excellent. The reading kept my interest which is very rare in a lot of reading literature. I would highly recommend Care Courses to all friends, family and other providers... keep up the good work!”  

Cynthia, Temple Hills, Maryland

Nancy“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience as I gained much knowledge and insight into the lives and needs of children. Thank you for providing a resource that provides a wealth of information that can be immediately applied to the child care setting for an affordable price!” 

Nancy, Troy, Michigan

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.

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. Then go online to complete and submit your coursework. 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 20 years; we love what we do and truly want to make your experience fantastic.

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National Childcare Credentials in California: Use our courses toward a CCP or CDA, as well as to renew your CDA, NAC or CCP.

Click here for more information: National Child Care Credentials

Click here to learn how the CDA can benefit you in California.

California Childcare Training Requirements: Care Courses may be used as professional growth activities towards renewing a Child Development Permit with prior approval from your professional growth advisor.

There are 6 levels of permits (child development assistant, child development associate teacher, child development teacher, child development master teacher, child development site supervisor, child development program director). To renew a Child Development Permit, you must plan a program of professional growth activities in consultation with a professional growth advisor. Permit renewal requires 105 hours of professional growth activities that contribute to your growth as an early childhood educator. You may choose activities from the following wide range of categories but must complete activities in at least two of the following categories in order to achieve breadth and depth within the professional growth program.

  1. Complete one or more college or university courses
  2. Attend conferences, workshops, institutes, academies
  3. Provide service in a leadership role in which you contribute to the improvements of the center or group of centers above and beyond the requirements of your job
  4. Provide service in a leadership role in a professional organization
  5. Provide service as a professional growth advisor for holders of a Child Development Permit
  6. Conduct educational research and innovation
  7. Perform systematic programs of observation and analysis of teaching, curriculum, classroom management techniques, play, or circle activities at a similar professional level in your field.
  8. Participate in a program of independent study
  9. Improve basic skills
  10. Participate in creative endeavors
  11. Receive instruction in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) or First Aid.

(From “Child Development Permits Professional Growth Manual” (pdf) available at www.ctc.ca.gov). Permit renewal is monitored by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (916-322-4974).

Our courses are accepted in LA County for the education requirements for the Investing in Early Educators Stipend Program only if you already have a BA/BS (or higher) degree.

Please click here to visit our California Counties information page.

Is your California county not listed? To learn if our courses are accepted in your county, please contact your Local Child Care and Development Planning Council (LPC). To see a list of LPCs, please click here.
What California students say:
California childcare training "Care Courses are great! They have helped me tremendously [Discipline in Child Care]. They are an excellent source for learning and I am thankful to all concerned for putting it together and keeping it going. The service is extremely good. Love you, Care Courses!"
- Palm Springs, California
"I've immersed myself in this Care Course and have enjoyed everything I've enjoyed so far. It's not at all like studying due to the interesting articles and information. This course is the first of many courses toward my CDA certificate and hopefully continuously as ongoing education. Thank you so much." - Ventura, California
Opening a child care facility in California: For those of you interested in starting a day care or home-based child care facility in California, please contact your state licensing using the contact information below. The licensing agency can give you advice on the requirements, rules and regulations of your state.

California Department of Social Services
Child Care Licensing Program
744 P. Street, M.S. 9-14-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

California Regional Phone Numbers

Department of Social Services - Child Care Licensing