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

Serita“I love your courses!! I’m always excited to see something new like the Lead Safety course I recently took. I learned a lot and it’s so easy to complete. Keep up the good work!!”

Serita, Halethorpe, Maryland

jane“Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. I love the courses you have to offer, the service is friendly and so efficient. I am hooked for life.”  

Jane, Rockville, Maryland

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 graduated with a degree in forensic psychology but decided to go into child care and my director recommended me to take the CDA course. I think it is great. Thank you.”

Shawn, Arverne, New York

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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Illinois Child Care Training
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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 Illinois Gateways Registry Approved. For Registry training credit, please click here.

Looking for training toward an Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Credential? Call or email us for instruction on course selection. 

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 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.

Illinois Day Care Home and Group Day Care Home 15-Hour 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:

"Your courses are “super easy” to navigate and I love that one course [Hiring the Best: Staffing Solutions for Early Childhood Facilites] is worth so many clock hours. Clearly stated in catalog by description plus the icons(easy, Director related) are a huge help! I received certificate within 7 days of completion for my records. I LOVE your program! “ - Batavia, Illinois

"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 and Family Policy
406 East Monroe Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1498

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