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

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 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 quiz. 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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Illinois Child Care Training


National Childcare Credentials: Illinois child care providers may use our courses toward a CCP or CDA, as well as CDA, NAC and CCP renewal.
Click for more information: National Child Care Credentials
Illinois Childcare Training Requirements: All Care Courses are accepted by the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services for in-service training clock hours for those who work in day care centers, day care homes and group day care homes. This includes directors, school-age site coordinators, early childhood teachers, school-age workers, early childhood assistants, school-age assistants, student and youth aides, substitutes, caregivers and child care assistants.

Care Courses may be used for Gateways to Opportunity Credentials. Before ordering a course, Illinois child care providers should contact Gateways to Opportunity (1-866-697-8278) for instruction on course selection.

For Registry training credit, please click here.

Click here to see Care Courses listed by Illinois' Gateways Content areas.


Children with Special Needs: Physical Disabilities, Illinois Edition, which includes special Illinois Early Intervention System information, is approved for the Illinois disabilities training requirement for day care homes, group homes, and day care centers. Certificates for this course state that the course includes information on the Illinois Early Intervention System to meet the Illinois disabilities training requirement.

Illinois Day Care Home and Group Day Care Home Pre-Service Requirements:
Keeping Infants Safe is accepted for the Illinois Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Safe Sleep training requirements (rules 406, 407 and 408).
Along with the Keeping Infants Safe course listed above, take either Inclusive Early Childhood Programs OR Managing Health and Safety for your pre-service training requirement. Both are approved by Illinois for pre-service training. You must also take Mandated Reporter Training to complete your preservice requirements. Click here for the Mandated Reporter training: DCFS Training.

Also, Illinois foster parents may use the course Discipline in Child Care toward their training requirements.
What Illinois students say:
"Thank you so much! The download was effortless. I thought the material presented was excellent; essential information and perspectives for anyone caring for toddlers. This is the second course [Day by Day with Toddlers] I have taken with Care Courses, and the other one - on ADHD - was also excellent! I appreciate that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which licenses our child care programs, accepts your credentials. I couldn't be more pleased with your programs! They are so helpful, and especially for us busy teachers who find it increasingly difficult to get to other types of training opportunities. Oh - and thank you SO much for the personable service and speedy turnaround of the documentations!" – Forest Park, Illinois
Opening a day care home, group day care home, or day care center in Illinois: For those of you interested in starting a center or home-based child care facility in Illinois, 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.

Illinois Department of Children & Family Policy
406 East Monroe Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1498

(312) 328-2779 or (877) 746-0829
Illinois Department of Children & Family Services