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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 New York: Use our courses toward a CDA as well as to renew your CDA or NAC.

Click here for more information: National Child Care Credentials

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


Need 30 clock hours in 10 Training Topics? 

Click here for NY 30-hour course bundles

New York Childcare Training Requirements 

All Care Courses are approved for New York State’s continuing education training requirements for those who work in child day care centers, family day care homes, group family day care homes and small day care centers. This includes staff, directors, group teachers, assistant teachers, owners, providers, caregivers, assistants and substitutes.

Please note: Care Courses may not be used for the New York required 15-hour pre-service health and safety training.

The New York Office of Children and Family Services requires that all child care staff complete a minimum of 30 hours of training every two years addressing all of the following ten topics:

  • Principles of childhood development, focusing on the development stages of the age groups for which the program provides care
  • Nutrition and health needs of infants and children
  • Child day care program development
  • Safety and security procedures
  • Business record maintenance and management
  • Child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention
  • Statutes and regulations pertaining to child day care
  • Statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment
  • Education information on the identification, diagnosis and prevention of shaken baby syndrome
  • Adverse childhood experiences, focused on understanding trauma and on nurturing resiliency

Click here for our 30-hour course bundle covering all nine NYCFS's Training Topics plus the new 10th training topic. New York’s Training Topics will be indicated on your Care Courses certificates. Our courses Keeping Infants Safe and Early Childhood Stress: Serious Stress in Children's Lives cover the new 10th NY training topic on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). 

Click here to view all of our courses sorted by NYCFS’s 10 Training Topics.

SUNY EIP Training Awards: 

All Care Courses are eligible for funding through the SUNY EIP Educational Incentive Program. To apply online for an EIP award, click here: EIP APPLICATION. Already have an EIP award? Need assistance filling out the training portion of your application? Call us at 1-800-685-7610 or email us at for assistance!

All Care Courses are approved by the New York Aspire Registry. For Aspire Registry training credit, add your Aspire registry ID number to your Care Courses account. Once you have added it, email us at so that we can report your training. Thank you!

Please Note: Child care providers in New York City who fall under the jurisdiction of the NYC Department of Health should check with their consultant to make sure that Care Courses will be accepted.

What New York Students say: 

After-School Programs Cover Learning Centers CoverObserving, Recording, and Assessing Cover "Hi, yes the material [After-School Programs, Learning Centers, and Observing, Recording, and Assessing Children's Development] is excellent! I am enjoying the material and making application to the lessons for my School age Program and my two Group Family Day Cares. Thanks again for a wonderful course material and an instructor that makes learning fun, and real! Thanks again." - Jamaica, New York
Safe Baby, Safe Child Cover "This was a very good class [Safe Baby, Safe Child] to take and I wish everyone could see the video." - New York, New York

Abuse and Neglect Cover "I am so impressed and relieved that there is this service. I found the courses I needed [Abuse and Neglect] and even added one just because it looked interesting and I felt I needed a refresher course in that area." - New York, New York
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"A HUGE THANK YOU. The course [Creating Schedules and Routines] we used was great. After you have taken years of courses it tends to become boring. This course has many new - fresh - ideas for scheduling and planning your time with the children. But not only was the course interesting, the STAFF was so helpful... I am far from computer literate. Ben walked me through the registration process and got me all the way to the start of the course. AND, he never lost patience with me - very kind and thoughtful. Also the ladies who helped me be certain the coursework answer sheets were received did a great job... I had our certificates here in less than a week... INCREDIBLE....  Thank you so much everyone for helping me fill in the last piece needed to complete my license renewal.  The next two years will include more courses on line thru Care Courses. It actually can save money as I don't need to hire a substitute while I leave to go to classes. Keep doing what you are doing - it works..." - Rochester, New York
Toddlers in Child Care Cover Sun Safety CoverToilet Learning Cover "I am so pleased to have this service. The courses I ordered [Toddlers in Child Care, Sun Safety, and Toilet Learning] arrived quickly and I was able to complete them at my convenience. The courses are informative and interesting. I mailed in my tests and got my results back within a few days. Thank you for your friendly and efficient service and product." - Manorville, New York

Opening a child care facility in New York: 

For those of you interested in starting a day care or home-based child care facility in New York, please contact your state licensing agency using the contact information below. The licensing agency can give you advice on the requirements, rules and regulations of your state.

For New York State:

For New York City:

New York State Office of Children and Family Services 

Division of Childcare Services
Phone: (518) 474-9454

NY State Child Care Regulations

New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 

Bureau of Child Care
Phone: (646) 632-6100

NYC Child Care Licensing Information and Updates