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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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National Childcare Credentials in California: Use our courses toward a 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. Care Courses may also be used towards obtaining and renewing your Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Possessing a CDA Credential qualifies for the Child Development Associate Teacher Permit and may also be used as nine semester units of credit toward the overall 24 semester unit requirement for the other Child Development Permits.

All Care Courses are approved by the California Early Childhood Education (ECE) Workforce Registry. For California Registry training credit, please add your California Registry ID number to your Care Courses account. Once you have added it, please email us at so that we can report your training. Thank you!

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 completion of 105 hours of professional growth activities in at least two of eleven categories and submission of the renewal documents and fee every 5 years. Speak with your professional growth advisor to see how Courses may be used towards the renewal categories, such as:

  • Attend staff development programs
  • Participate in a program of independent study
  • Improve basic skills

For detailed instructions on permit renewal, please refer to the Child Development Permit Professional Growth Manual from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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.

What California students say:

"Care Courses are great! They have helped me tremendously. 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

  "I am learning a lot from your Care Courses; especially from the quizzes. It is very helpful for the teachers who work with younger children.” - Covina, 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
Phone: (916) 651-6040
California regional office contact information

Coronavirus general question email:

Child Care Advocates Program
Phone: (916) 654-1541