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Minnesota Child Care Training | Care Courses

National Childcare Credentials in Minnesota

Use our courses toward a CDA Credential and NAC and CDA renewal.

Click here for more information: National Child Care Credentials

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

Minnesota Childcare Training Requirements

All Care Courses that grant 2 or more clock hours are accepted by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Licensing Division for in-service and annual training requirements for those working in licensed and certified child care centers as well as family child care providers. 

All Care Courses that grant 2 or more clock hours are approved by Achieve (the Minnesota Center for Professional Development) toward steps 1-5 on the Minnesota Career Lattice. All Care Courses that grant 2 or more clock hours have approved training events in the Minnesota Develop Registry.

For Minnesota Develop training credit, please ensure that your Minnesota Develop Registry ID number is added to your Care Courses account. 

Please note: Our 2-hour course, Transportation Safety may not meet Minnesota licensing requirements. Always check with your licensor to ensure you are meeting training requirements related to Minnesota Statute sections 245A.41 and 245A.50.

Opening a childcare 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 Division
Phone: (651) 431-6500

Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System

Parent Aware

Parent Aware requires that all lead providers and lead teachers 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.

What our Minnesota students say

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"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
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"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