Staff Development and Motivation in Child Care

6 Clock Hours / 0.6 CEUs / $40.00

Course Description

This course applies to directors and administrators.

Study approaches to coaching, strategies to improve program quality, and how to increase access to professional development. Learn how to engage staff in professional development, and characteristics of teachers as learners and their career path stages. Learn about stress and job burnout among early childhood professionals and explore ways to support staff in managing stress and promoting self-care. Increase staff motivation and job satisfaction.

See the learning outcomes and topics below for more information on what is covered in this course.

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Staff Development and Motivation in Child Care
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Course formats

This course is offered in both our coursebook (with required online component/testing) and our fully online format. The online format of this course includes audio narration in most course sections.

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Acceptance information

This course is accepted for child care professional development training requirements in most states and for the CDA credential and for CDA renewal training requirements.


NAC training

The NECPA Commission, Inc. has approved this educational program as meeting the criteria for continuing education for the National Administrator Credential. Click here for more approved NAC training.

Learning outcomes

After completing Staff Development and Motivation in Child Care you will be able to recognize characteristics of teachers as learners; describe activities, including coaching, that address staff’s professional development needs; discuss strategies to improve a program’s quality and increase access to professional development resources; and describe ways to reduce stress and job burnout, improve self-care, and increase motivation.

Topics Covered in Staff Development and Motivation in Child Care

  • Teachers as learners
  • Teachers’ stages of development
  • Choosing professional development
  • Developing relationship-based competencies
  • Coaching approaches and strategies
  • Quality ratings, environmental scales, and accreditation
  • Symptoms of job burnout
  • Signs of stress
  • Strategies to manage stress
  • Self-care strategies
  • Self-regulation
  • Building resilience


Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology

Read written material, view videos, and listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice quiz and written assignments.

Completion deadline

This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.

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Care Courses currently offers over 50 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official online certificate of completion. The free CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

Care Courses' course tuition entitles one person to receive the clock hours granted by a course upon successful completion.  Bundle pricing covers tuition for all the courses included in a bundle.

To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must adhere to and sign our honor code, follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. If you fail to get a 70% on your second attempt, we will ask you to contact us at We will review your course and be in touch.

Clock hours and CEUs are documented on official Care Courses certificates of completion which are accessed in the My Courses area of your account.

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