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Care Courses
Minnesota Child Care Training

National Childcare Credentials in Minnesota:

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

Click here for more information: National Child Care Credentials

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

Minnesota Childcare Training Requirements:

All Care Courses (with the exception of those listed below*) are accepted by Achieve, the Minnesota Center for Professional Development (MNCPD), for Level 1 in-service training requirements for child care centers and ongoing training requirements for family and group family child care homes.

Please consult your licensing specialist before using our courses for all other mandated training requirements, which include: Child Growth & Development/Behavior Guidance, Supervising for Safety, CPR First Aid, cultural dynamics and disabilities training and SUID/AHT.

Parent Aware, Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, requires that all lead providers and lead teachers in facilities participating in the Accelerated Pathway to Ratings or the Full Rating Pathway complete professional development in specific Minnesota Knowledge and Competency Content Areas every five years. Minnesota’s Knowledge and Competency Framework Content Areas will be printed on your Care Courses certificates.

*The following courses are not currently accepted in Minnesota: A Joyful Life of Caregiving, Understanding and Managing Allergies in Child Care, Medication Procedures in Child Care, Many Ways to Learn, Playing Outdoors, Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care, Toddlers in Child Care, Transportation Safety, and Understanding Each Other: Communicating with Families, Staff, and Your Community.

Please note: we do not offer training for the mandated 3-hour Child Passenger Restraint Systems training requirement. Our 2-hour course, Transportation Safety, may be used to meet Level 1 in-service training but not for the passenger restraint systems training requirement.

What Minnesota students say:

"Thank you for your prompt attention in returning my test results and certificate for Safe Baby, Safe Child. I loved the convenience of this online class, and the knowledge that I had a number to call in case things did not go well. Fortunately, they could not have gone better! To get a score of 100% put an additional smile on my face."
 – Burnsville, Minnesota
"Thank you so much for your excellent courses. I completed my course and as always, everything was very easy to navigate. I am especially grateful that we can now view our certificates after completing courses online. This was the third course I have taken from Care Courses, and I will be taking more in the future. I have already referred co-workers to Care Courses."
- Lake Elmo, Minnesota


Opening a child care facility in Minnesota:

For those of you interested in starting a day care or home-based child care facility in Minnesota, 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.

Minnesota Department of Human Services

Child Care Licensing
Phone: (651) 431-6500