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Care Courses
Idaho Child Care Training

National Childcare Credentials in Idaho:

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

Click for more information: National Child Care Credentials

Click to learn how the CDA can benefit you in Idaho.

Idaho Childcare Training Requirements: 

All Care Courses are accepted by the Department of Health and Welfare for annual ongoing training for staff, direct care staff, operators, volunteers and foster parents in daycare centers, family daycare homes, group daycare facilities, foster homes and children’s residential care facilities. 

Our Course, Medication Procedures in Child Care, may be used for annual training hours but not for the “Medication Administration and Poison Prevention” requirement in Idaho.

Care Courses is an IdahoSTARS Approved Training Company. You may use Care Courses to complete training for state and city daycare licensing requirements, the Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP), IdahoSTARS Steps to Quality (STQ), and the IdahoSTARS Professional Development System (PDS).

All Care Courses are approved for Idaho STARS training hours. For registry credit, submit your completed Care Courses to the IdahoSTARS Professional Development System by logging into your individual RISE account.

If you work 15 or more hours a week directly with parents, children or staff, you may be able to use Idaho STARS training scholarships to cover your Care Courses tuition costs. To apply for an Idaho STARS scholarship, login to your RISE account, join PDS, and click the “Scholarships and Awards” button on your dashboard. For assistance with your scholarship application, watch this helpful RISE scholarships video or send an email to

What Idaho students say:

"I really enjoyed this course [Social-Emotional Development in Young Children] and am very thankful that other teachers are learning positive social and emotional development."

 - Boise, ID
"As always the courses are interesting and thought provoking. We ordered, and enjoy sharing what we are learning with our staff. We like your great course selection."

- Victor, ID
"The course [A Joyful Life of Caregiving] was interesting and relevant to the work I do. The site was easy to use and I will be taking more Care Courses!"

- Boise, ID


Opening a child care facility in Idaho: 

For those of you interested in starting a day care or home-based child care facility in Idaho, please contact the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare or IdahoSTARS using the contact information below. Both agencies can give you advice on the requirements, rules and regulations of your state and specific city.

Idaho Department of Health & Welfare

Day Care Licensing
Phone: 1-800-926-2588



University of Idaho: IdahoSTARS
Phone: 1-800-926-2588