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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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Illinois Child Care Training 

National Childcare Credentials in Illinois: 

Use our courses toward a CDA as well as to renew your CDA, NAC or CCP.

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.

All Care Courses are approved by the Illinois Gateways Registry. For Illinois Registry training credit, please add your Gateways 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!

Looking for training toward an Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Credential? Call or email us for instruction on course selection. Family Diversity may be used towards the Multilingual, Multicultural Children & Their Families training requirement. 

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Children with Special Needs: Physical Disabilities, 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.
Lead Safety Collage
Lead Safety in Child Care, which covers lead mitigation planning strategies and the impacts of lead exposure, is approved for the Illinois lead in water training requirement.
Group Project
3 Point DCFS Director Qualifications Administrative Training: This bundle meets the 3 points of credential-approved training in administration, leadership and management for directors.

Illinois Day Care Home and Group Day Care Home 15-Hour Pre-Service Requirements: 

Infant Safety 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).
Sneeze Along with the Keeping Infants Safe course listed above, take 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.

What Illinois students say: 

Day by Day "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 - 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 and Family Services 

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
Phone: (312) 328-2779 or (877) 746-0829
Office of Child and Family Policy email: