Care Courses Child Care Training

About Care Courses

Offering Childcare Professional Development Since 1990

The Care Courses School (we usually go by just "Care Courses") has been a distance learning school specifically for early childhood professionals since 1990. We started with correspondence courses (we call them CourseBooks) and have learned over the years that while having a book in your hand (and later on your reference shelf) is an excellent learning tool, there are many benefits to online learning as well.

This is why we offer what we think of as the "best of both worlds" - CourseBooks that come with an online component and testing.

Don't want to wait for a book to arrive in the mail? We also offer our training in a completely online format. Read more here about our two course formats

Want to listen rather than read? Hear this page read aloud the way many of our online courses are:

Our Mission

Care Courses' mission is to fully support early childhood professionals in both home-based and center-based early childhood facilities by providing the highest level of continuing education and professional development.

Care Courses is committed to offering affordable, well-researched and highly relevant courses that meet both state and national training requirements, as well as offering unlimited, on-going student support provided by experts in the early childhood field. Care Courses is committed to providing a strong foundation of success and preparedness for each and every child cared for by our students.

Caring for caregivers, for the future is in their hands.™

CDA Credential Training and IACET Accreditation

We offer early childhood (ECE) training that has helped thousands of early childhood professionals get their CDA (Child Development Associates Credential) as quickly and painlessly as possible, while at the same time helping them better understand their children and business.

Our courses are accepted by most states for their continuing education, professional development, and registry requirements. To learn more about your state, click here: state childcare training information

We are an IACET accredited child care training institution, and all of our course certificates display the IACET seal. In 2017 we were one of the original organizations to become a CDA Gold Standard Training Organization with the CDA Council for Professional Recognition. In 2022 we became an official partner of the CDA Council. We are also a Recognized Training Organization with the National Workforce Registry Alliance.

Our authors and trainers consistently work to produce interesting courses on relevant topics that will help with all areas of child care management. Click here for information on our authors and trainers: Authors & Trainers. If you have professional development topic requests, please let us know!

Student Reviews

We pride ourselves on our high quality courses and excellent customer service, but we will let our students do the talking here...


"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 during nap time. Keep up the good work!! "

- Serita in Maryland


"I've had a wonderful experience with Care Courses. This is my second order through this organization, I've always gotten quick responses to any questions or technical assistance when needed. I'm grateful for the service you provide with your courses!"

- Amanda in New York


"I am very happy with my course! I absolutely love the simplicity of navigating the course! I am even more excited that I can do these courses in my own time - it has allowed me to have the flexibility of learning while having small children at home. Finally, the support from the Care Courses School has been absolutely amazing!"

- Nancy in Alberta

Read even more student reviews here!

Policies and Procedures

Check out our policies and procedures page to learn about Care Courses' testing & grading options, honor code policy, account policies, system requirements, shipping options, refund & return policy, privacy & security policies, payment methods, non-discrimination policy and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQ page answers common questions from how to contact Care Courses, to how to activate your online course, to how to get your CDA credential. We offer instructions on how to access your enrollment codes, online certificates and how to log into your Care Courses account. If you prefer to place an order by mail, we have an order form available for download. Our FAQ page is an excellent place to find answers. 

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Mailed Course Catalog

Are you looking for a mailed Care Courses catalog? Complete our catalog request form while supplies last to get a mailed catalog sent in the mail. Catalogs take 1-3 weeks to arrive and include information about our courses and CDA training. Our current course offering can always be found on our online course catalog. Our website also contains information about CDA training, CDA renewal, state continuing education and more. 

Contact Us

Got questions? Want to talk to a trainer or email us for support with your course? We are here for you! Visit our contact us page for our contact information and hours of operation.