What Can You Do With A CDA?

Many of our stu­dents ask us, “what can you do with a CDA?” 

First, let’s answer the ques­tion “what is a CDA cre­den­tial?” The Child Devel­op­ment Asso­ciate (CDA) cre­den­tial is a nation­al­ly rec­og­nized pro­fes­sion­al cre­den­tial admin­is­tered by the Coun­cil for Pro­fes­sion­al Recog­ni­tion. The coun­cil is often called the CDA Council. 

Obtain­ing a CDA cre­den­tial will advance your pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment and show oth­ers that you know how to sup­port the social, emo­tion­al, phys­i­cal, and intel­lec­tu­al devel­op­ment of young chil­dren. We dis­cuss how you can get a CDA cre­den­tial in our blog, “How Do I Get a CDA Cre­den­tial?”

Once you know how to get your Nation­al CDA, you can check out our state child care train­ing infor­ma­tion pages to learn how a CDA can be used in your state. The states accept the CDA for dif­fer­ent requirements. 

Not sure where to start? Go to our Care Cours­es web­site, select your state’s name, and then click on “how the CDA can ben­e­fit you in [the state you work in].” Or, to learn what the CDA cre­den­tial can be used for in your state give us a call and we can help!

Below are exam­ples of what you can do with a CDA in a few states: Mary­land, New York, Texas, and Illinois. 

What are the benefits of having a CDA Credential in Maryland?

In Mary­land, hav­ing a CDA:**

  • (plus addi­tion­al train­ing, col­lege cred­its, and expe­ri­ence) qual­i­fies you to work as a direc­tor in a preschool with 21 or more chil­dren, or a preschool with infants and tod­dlers, or in a large fam­i­ly child­care home.
  • (plus addi­tion­al train­ing and expe­ri­ence) qual­i­fies you to work as a direc­tor in a preschool with 20 or few­er chil­dren or a school age center.
  • (plus addi­tion­al train­ing and expe­ri­ence) qual­i­fies you to work as a teacher in a preschool cen­ter or large fam­i­ly child­care home.
  • (plus addi­tion­al train­ing) qual­i­fies you to work as a provider in a fam­i­ly child­care home.

**Look­ing for free train­ing reim­burse­ments in Mary­land? Child care providers with a MD Child Care Cre­den­tial at lev­el 2 or high­er are eli­gi­ble to receive up to $400 in reim­burse­ments each year for core of knowl­edge train­ing. Our CDA train­ing is ful­ly eli­gi­ble for the MSDE train­ing reim­burse­ment pro­gram

What are the benefits of having a CDA Credential in New York?

In New York State, hav­ing a CDA:

  • (plus either a plan of study lead­ing to a bachelor’s degree or a New York State Children’s Pro­gram Admin­is­tra­tor Cre­den­tial and addi­tion­al expe­ri­ence) qual­i­fies you to work as a direc­tor in a child day care center.
  • (plus addi­tion­al expe­ri­ence) qual­i­fies you to work as a group teacher for preschool­ers or infants and tod­dlers in a child day­care center.

If you are locat­ed in New York City, please refer to Arti­cle 47 of the NYC Health Code (sec­tions 47.13, 47.15, and 47.17) or speak with your con­sul­tant from the Depart­ment of Health for the guide­lines on how a CDA can be used and what require­ments you need in order to work as a Group Teacher and/or Day­care Director.

What are the benefits of having a CDA Credential in Texas? 

In Texas, hav­ing a CDA:

  • (plus addi­tion­al train­ing and expe­ri­ence) qual­i­fies you to work as a direc­tor in a child-care center.
  • (plus addi­tion­al train­ing and expe­ri­ence) qual­i­fies you to work as a pri­ma­ry care­giv­er in a licensed child­care home.
  • (plus addi­tion­al train­ing and expe­ri­ence) qual­i­fies you to work as a direc­tor in a school-age or before- or after-school program

What are the benefits of having a CDA Credential in Illinois?

In Illi­nois, hav­ing a CDA:

  • (plus addi­tion­al expe­ri­ence and col­lege cred­its) qual­i­fies you to work as a child­care direc­tor of a day­care center.
  • qual­i­fies you to work as an ear­ly child­hood teacher in a day­care center.
  • qual­i­fies you to work as a care­giv­er in a group day­care home.

Care Cours­es pro­vides sup­port through­out your CDA train­ing and after. We are here to help make this expe­ri­ence pleas­ant and reward­ing! Start your train­ing today!

Please let us know how we can assist you fur­ther with the CDA process! Call us: 1–800-685‑7610, Mon­day through Fri­day, 9–5 ET, or email us days, evenings and week­ends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help! 

How to Help Children Succeed

Are you try­ing to help chil­dren suc­ceed in your child care pro­gram or as a par­ent? In order to learn and devel­op, chil­dren need oppor­tu­ni­ties to expe­ri­ence suc­cess. This week’s blog comes from our Care Course Child Devel­op­ment and Guid­ance and has infor­ma­tion that will help you help your chil­dren succeed. 

Chil­dren feel suc­cess­ful when they do things on their own, in their own way. Chil­dren need the free­dom to meet chal­lenges and suc­ceed on their own. This is essen­tial for children’s learn­ing and devel­op­ment. How­ev­er, it is some­times dif­fi­cult for adults to allow chil­dren the free­dom to suc­ceed on their own.

One way for children to experience success is through experimentation.

By def­i­n­i­tion, the process of exper­i­ment­ing involves peri­ods of frus­tra­tion and fail­ure. An under­stand­ing of the func­tion of frus­tra­tion and fail­ure in children’s learn­ing process will help you give chil­dren the free­dom they must have in order to learn and feel successful.

Frus­tra­tion and fail­ure are not always neg­a­tive expe­ri­ences. While too much frus­tra­tion can indeed be over­whelm­ing, some frus­tra­tion is essen­tial on the path­way to suc­cess. Expe­ri­ences of fail­ure are also essen­tial before chil­dren can expe­ri­ence the joy of suc­cess. When fac­ing a chal­lenge or attempt­ing to solve a prob­lem, chil­dren must first expe­ri­ence what does not work to help them fig­ure out what does work. Allow­ing chil­dren to exper­i­ment and keep on try­ing on their own even if they don’t get it right the first time gives them the oppor­tu­ni­ty to feel a sense of tri­umph when they do suc­ceed. Their tri­umph shows in their eyes and their smiles. Such tri­umphs are the build­ing blocks of pos­i­tive self-esteem.

Fail­ing to allow chil­dren to exper­i­ment and keep on try­ing on their own teach­es chil­dren to expect either (1) that they are not capa­ble of fig­ur­ing things out on their own or (2) that mak­ing the effort to do so is not important.

Your inter­ac­tions with chil­dren teach chil­dren either (1) to exper­i­ment, keep try­ing even when they are frus­trat­ed, and final­ly suc­ceed, and thus build their self-esteem or (2) to expect that they can­not suc­cess­ful­ly com­plete a task on their own, and thus erode their self-esteem. 

Chil­dren who feel that they are inca­pable expect them­selves to fail. This atti­tude leads to feel­ings of self-doubt and low self-esteem. Chil­dren who are not allowed to keep exper­i­ment­ing on their own until they have dis­cov­ered what works will stop try­ing to do things by them­selves. They will lose their nat­ur­al curios­i­ty and per­sis­tence. They will learn to pas­sive­ly go along with the adult’s behav­ior rather than active­ly seek to solve prob­lems on their own.

Chil­dren do not mea­sure suc­cess in the same man­ner as adults. Chil­dren are more inter­est­ed in the process than the prod­uct. Successes—even the tiny ones that may seem insignif­i­cant from an adult point of view—are sig­nif­i­cant to chil­dren. Every suc­cess moti­vates the child to con­tin­ue learn­ing and con­tributes to the devel­op­ment of pos­i­tive self-esteem.

Chil­dren need many oppor­tu­ni­ties for spon­ta­neous, self-paced, child-con­trolled play. Play is the ide­al way for young chil­dren to learn. Read our blog on the ben­e­fits of block play!

Take our course Child Devel­op­ment and Guid­ance to learn more!

Let us know how we can be of addi­tion­al assis­tance! Call us: 1–800-685‑7610, Mon­day through Fri­day, 9–5 ET, or email us days, evenings, and week­ends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!

Indoor Activities For Kids

Are you look­ing for fun indoor activ­i­ties for kids and young chil­dren in child care or at home? We know that care­givers are always look­ing for new activ­i­ties that will spark chil­dren’s imag­i­na­tion. Try out some of the below art activ­i­ties and phys­i­cal activ­i­ties for kids, and let us know how they go!

Once you have tried these out, try out our Care Course Mak­ing Learn­ing Fun to learn more about the ben­e­fits of cre­at­ing ter­rif­ic learn­ing envi­ron­ments for young children.

Box Art Activity for Kids

Fun activ­i­ties for kids!

Do you have left­over card­board box­es? Our first indoor activ­i­ty for kids will help you use up those old card­board box­es you have lying around. Card­board box­es of all sizes can be a source of end­less fun for young chil­dren. Chil­dren can stack box­es up in any way they desire! One idea for cre­at­ing box art is for every­one to make “box peo­ple.” Let the chil­dren decide how they will cre­ate their “box peo­ple.” After they have cre­at­ed the shapes of peo­ple out of the box­es, help the chil­dren tape the box­es togeth­er so they do not fall apart. The chil­dren can then paint fea­tures and clothes on their box peo­ple using their imag­i­na­tion. Big­ger box­es can rep­re­sent hous­es, or they can serve as mul­ti­ple-sided easels. Small groups of chil­dren can work togeth­er and paint dif­fer­ent sides of the same box.

Tissue Paper Extravaganza Activity for Kids 

Our sec­ond indoor activ­i­ty for kids is a blast. Pro­vide tis­sue paper of dif­fer­ent col­ors to the chil­dren in your care. Invite the chil­dren to tear the paper up or cut it in small pieces to use for their art­work. Many chil­dren will enjoy an adult’s per­mis­sion to tear up paper (and make a small mess)! Pro­vide train­ing and safe­ty scis­sors for chil­dren who pre­fer to prac­tice their cut­ting skills. The chil­dren can then squeeze school glue on a piece of card­board (assist as need­ed) and sprin­kle their tis­sue paper cutouts on the glued sur­face. After the glue has dried, their cre­ations can be post­ed around the room as indi­vid­ual dis­plays or con­nect­ed togeth­er in a whole-group display.

Instant Indoor Gym Activity for Kids

A roll of mask­ing tape is all you need to get the chil­dren mov­ing indoors! Tape a long line on the car­pet and invite the chil­dren to prac­tice their bal­anc­ing skills by walk­ing on the line. Tape a cir­cle for the chil­dren to jump in and out of.  Place a bas­ket or open box in the mid­dle of the cir­cle for them to try and throw a ball in. Use the tape to cre­ate num­bers or let­ters with the tape and attach them to the car­pet in sequence for the chil­dren to step in and hop from one to the next. 

Traffic Light Game for Kids

This group game helps kids learn about traf­fic lights. First, cut out three big cir­cles of paper: one red, one green, and one yel­low. Choose one child to be the traf­fic light. This child can decide which col­or to hold up, and the rest of the group has to move accord­ing to the col­or. Move fast on green, move slow­ly on yel­low, and stop on red. Let the chil­dren take turns being the traf­fic light and let them decide how to move. This one can be an indoor activ­i­ty for kids or an out­door activ­i­ty for kids!

Look­ing for more activ­i­ties for chil­dren? Read our Fun Activ­i­ties for Tod­dlers blog and our What are some fun activ­i­ties to do with chil­dren in child care? blog.

Want EVEN MORE indoor or out­door activ­i­ties for kids? Look­ing for activ­i­ties for tod­dlers and preschool­ers? Take our course, Mak­ing Learn­ing Fun. This course presents a wealth of test­ed and suc­cess­ful tech­niques for pro­vid­ing ter­rif­ic learn­ing envi­ron­ments for young chil­dren. From cook­ing projects to clay, music and art activ­i­ties to obsta­cle cours­es, dra­mat­ic play to inter-gen­er­a­tional pro­gram­ming, you will find entic­ing ideas for both indoor and out­door excite­ment. This child care course dis­cuss­es how chil­dren learn, explains adults’ role in chil­dren’s learn­ing process, and explores ways to use projects for fun learn experiences. 

Want to share some of your own chil­dren’s games and activ­i­ties? Post your own ideas for indoor activ­i­ties for kids in the com­ment sec­tion below!

Please let us know how we can be of addi­tion­al assis­tance! Call us: 1–800-685‑7610, Mon­day through Fri­day, 9–5 ET, or email us days, evenings and week­ends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!

Care Courses Quiz Answers

Are you work­ing on a Care Course right now? Are you search­ing for Care Cours­es quiz answers? 

Well, look no fur­ther, because this blog is going to show you exact­ly where to find the answers to all of the Care Cours­es quizzes. “Real­ly?” Yes! Absolute­ly! “Well, where can I find the Care Cours­es quiz answers?” I’m going to tell you! 

Your quiz answers are locat­ed in the course material!

This blog won’t tell you that the answer to the ques­tion you’re stuck on is “A.” It won’t explain that you should choose Roman numer­als “I, II and IV” and that the answer is “D.” It won’t sug­gest you go look up answers on Wikipedia! 

What will this blog do?

This blog will give you the secret to find­ing answers to any Care Course you decide to study. We promise, after read­ing your course’s lessons a few more times and imple­ment­ing the tips we’ve pro­vid­ed here, the answers are going to be jump­ing off the page. One of the biggest myths about dis­tance learn­ing is that tak­ing cours­es by mail or online doesn’t take any effort. This just isn’t true. It takes time and com­mit­ment. It takes ded­i­ca­tion. It takes plan­ning. You’re spend­ing mon­ey on train­ing! The things you learn will make your work days more inter­est­ing and fulfilling! 

As a Care Cours­es staff mem­ber I want to help you take charge of your pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment and sup­port you in becom­ing a more informed and even more won­der­ful child care provider than you already are. Here’s our super duper list of tips to help guide you through com­plet­ing your Care Course.

Super duper list:

  1. Pay atten­tion! When you’re work­ing on your course are you devot­ing all of your atten­tion to the lessons? We want to make sure you are absorb­ing the mate­r­i­al so that you find the answers. They are there, but if you’re dis­tract­ed you won’t see them!
  2. Take notes! This is impor­tant both for stu­dents work­ing on Course­Books and those who are work­ing on online cours­es. We’re seri­ous about this! Tak­ing notes by hand can increase com­pre­hen­sion. While you’re read­ing, keep a notepad or sheet of paper in front of you. Keep two if that will help. If you are work­ing on a Course­Book take notes direct­ly on the course pages. High­light things that you think are impor­tant to remem­ber. Use sticky notes to remind you of pages that you’d like to refer back to. If you are work­ing on an online Care Course, print out the course PDF file and take notes direct­ly on the page. (The PDF of your online course can be found using the “Doc­u­ments” but­ton inside your course.)
  3. Take your time! Even if you have a fast-approach­ing dead­line it is very impor­tant that you read the course mate­r­i­al care­ful­ly. Remem­ber, the num­ber of clock hours a course is worth is deter­mined by how long it takes the aver­age stu­dent to read every les­son and answer the quiz ques­tions suc­cess­ful­ly. You have two oppor­tu­ni­ties to sub­mit your quizzes for grad­ing and there are no time lim­its. You have as long as you need to com­plete the course.
  4. Reread and then reread again! Don’t for­get, your quizzes are open note and open book. You may return to the course con­tent to read and study and search for the answers.
  5. Let us know how we can sup­port you! When you want to dis­cuss the course mate­r­i­al just con­tact us.  Our head train­ers want to help you get the most out of your pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment. Of course, we can’t tell you if your answers are cor­rect, but we can dis­cuss the con­tent and help you under­stand it.

Care Courses Support

How can you con­tact us after hours? Email us at info@CareCourses.com. or call and leave us a voice­mail: 1–800-685‑7610. We answer emails as soon as we pos­si­bly can and we check our mes­sages and return phone calls as soon as our offices are open (9–5pm ET, M‑F). You can also send us your ques­tions using the “Con­tact My Train­er” but­ton inside your course.

The most important thing!

The most impor­tant thing to remem­ber is that the answers are in the course mate­r­i­al. We want you to feel con­fi­dent about your answers. If you are not con­fi­dent, con­tact us before sub­mit­ting your work. 

We want to help you suc­cess­ful­ly com­plete your train­ing! Click here to log into your Care Cours­es’ account. Hap­py Studying! 

How Do I Use a New York EIP Award to Pay for Training?

Are you look­ing for a schol­ar­ship for your New York child care train­ing? Do you need free child care train­ing or dis­count­ed training? 

If you are a New York child care provider and would like to use an Edu­ca­tion­al Incen­tive Pro­gram (EIP) award to pay for Care Cours­es, you’re in luck!  All Care Cours­es are eli­gi­ble for fund­ing through the State Uni­ver­si­ty of New York (SUNY) EIP pro­gram. This includes fund­ing for our CDA train­ing sets, CDA renew­al sets, and our NY 30-hours in 10 top­ic area train­ings.

In order to use the SUNY EIP award to pay for NY child care train­ing with Care Cours­es, you must first apply for the award.  For more infor­ma­tion about apply­ing for the award, give us a call at 1–800-685‑7610 or go to the SUNY Uni­ver­si­ty of Albany’s Pro­fes­sion­al Devel­op­ment Pro­gram web­site.

To start the process, decide which Care Cours­es you want to com­plete. Then cre­ate your per­son­al Care Cours­es account.

Once you have cre­at­ed your Care Cours­es account, log in or cre­ate an Ear­ly Child­hood Edu­ca­tion and Train­ing Pro­gram (ECETP) account and com­plete your online EIP APPLICATION. Please call us at 1–800-685‑7610 if you are using a paper appli­ca­tion. When apply­ing for a CDA train­ing set, make sure to spec­i­fy which CDA set­ting you want your train­ing in: Preschool Cen­ter-Based, Infant/Toddler Cen­ter-Based, or Fam­i­ly Home. 

Once you’ve applied online, wait for EIP to process­es your appli­ca­tion. You will then receive an email noti­fy­ing you of your award or if addi­tion­al doc­u­men­ta­tion is required. Click on the link in the email from SUNY to accept the terms and con­di­tions and elec­tron­i­cal­ly sign your EIP award. Look­ing for your award sta­tus? You can check the sta­tus of your appli­ca­tion using the EIP award sta­tus search here.

There are two ways you can use the EIP award to pay for child care train­ing with Care Cours­es. You may use the award when plac­ing the order ini­tial­ly or for reim­burse­ment after you’ve placed your order. Below is an expla­na­tion of each method:

How can I place my Care Courses order using my SUNY EIP award?

If you want to order NY child care train­ing with Care Cours­es using your EIP award, you have to receive your award first.  Once you’ve applied for and are grant­ed the award, you can place your order. How? Fol­low these sim­ple steps:

  1. Dig­i­tal­ly sign the EIP award sent to you by SUNY using the link in the approval email.
  2. Log into or cre­ate your Care Cours­es account and make sure your con­tact infor­ma­tion is up to date and the email address in your Care Cours­es account match­es the email address you used to apply for your EIP award. You can update your email address under the My Infor­ma­tion area of your Care Cours­es account.
  3. Email Care Cours­es at info@carecourses.com to indi­cate which course for­mat you want (online cours­es or Course­Book cours­es with online sub­mis­sion). Indi­cate what cours­es you have applied for using your EIP award and the date you signed the award in the email.
  4. Once we receive the signed online award, we will review and accept award. We will con­tact you if addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion is need­ed. We will then process the order for your course(s) and either send you the Course­Books or the enroll­ment codes for the online cours­es (whichev­er for­mat you indi­cat­ed in your email to us).

Ques­tions? Email us at info@carecourses.com or give us a call at 1–800-685‑7610!

Use EIP awards to pay for Care Courses

I need to place my order now but I still want to apply for the EIP award to pay for the Care Courses training, how can I receive reimbursement?

If you’ve already placed an order or need to place an order ASAP and still want to use the EIP award for reim­burse­ment, Care Cours­es can help! 

Once you’ve applied for and are grant­ed the award:

  1. Order your Care Cours­es online or by giv­ing us a call at 1–800-685‑7610. Write down your order number
  2. Email Care Cours­es at info@carecourses.com indi­cat­ing that you are sub­mit­ting an EIP award to Care Cours­es for reim­burse­ment. Include the Care Cours­es order num­ber for the cours­es that you received the award for.
  3. Dig­i­tal­ly sign the online EIP award sent to you by SUNY
  4. Once we receive the online EIP award and your email, Care Cours­es will process a refund for the order you orig­i­nal placed up to the val­ue of the EIP award.

All Care Cours­es are eli­gi­ble for fund­ing through SUNY’s Edu­ca­tion­al Incen­tive Pro­gram (aka EIP awards).

How do I fill out the EIP application form for Care Courses?

Review the ques­tions in the online EIP appli­ca­tion. Make sure to read the entire application.

Here are a few tips for com­plet­ing the appli­ca­tion for Care Courses:

  • The deliv­ery type is “Dis­tance Learning/Online Training”
  • The train­ing type is “Training/Conference/Workshop”
  • The train­ing start date is an esti­mate of when you will begin your train­ing. We rec­om­mend about three weeks after the date you com­plete your application.
  • The train­ing end date is the last cal­en­dar date of that year.

SUNY requires all cours­es paid for through EIP to be com­plet­ed in the same cal­en­dar year that the award was grant­ed. EIP schol­ar­ship appli­ca­tions must be received by Decem­ber 1st of a cal­en­dar year to be con­sid­ered for train­ing in that cal­en­dar year.

Can I use my EIP award for my Child Development Associate (CDA) training and assessment fee?

Yes, EIP awards can be used to pay for NY con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion train­ing, CDA cre­den­tial train­ing, the CDA assess­ment fee, CDA renew­al train­ing and the CDA renew­al fee. EIP awards can­not be used to pay for the CDA Council’s com­pe­ten­cy stan­dards book.

Care Courses Support

Please let us know how we can answer your NY EIP ques­tions and be of addi­tion­al assis­tance! Call us: 1–800-685‑7610, Mon­day through Fri­day, 9–5 ET, or email us days, evenings, and week­ends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!

Where Can I get Washington STARS Hours?

Are you look­ing for Wash­ing­ton MERIT hours for your annu­al train­ing? If so, Care Cours­es offers excel­lent dis­tance-learn­ing cours­es for com­plet­ing your required Wash­ing­ton STARS hours.

Washington’s State Training and Registry System (STARS) / Merit

Washington’s State Train­ing and Reg­istry Sys­tem (STARS) records all employ­ment, train­ing, and edu­ca­tion­al his­to­ries for ear­ly child­hood pro­fes­sion­als in the state. Run by Washington’s Depart­ment of Chil­dren, Youth, and Fam­i­lies (DCYF), STARS – also referred to as the MERIT reg­istry – is a great tool for learn­ing valu­able infor­ma­tion about child­care. It can also help you locate rel­e­vant train­ing opportunities.

Addi­tion­al­ly, ear­ly child­hood pro­fes­sion­als in Wash­ing­ton State must com­plete STARS/MERIT approved con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion. Providers in Wash­ing­ton who have been cumu­la­tive­ly work­ing in child care for 12 months must com­plete 10 hours of annu­al STARS hours train­ing each year. This require­ment ensures that child care providers in Wash­ing­ton State are con­tin­u­al­ly enhanc­ing and improv­ing their own skills.

Worried about completing your STARS hours on time? Look no further than Care Courses.

All Care Cours­es are approved through Wash­ing­ton STARS for con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion clock hours. Our con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion cours­es can be used for ear­ly child­care pro­fes­sion­als who work in child care cen­ters, fam­i­ly home child care pro­grams, and school-age child care pro­grams. Care Cours­es is for direc­tors, vol­un­teers, assis­tants, teach­ers, and every­one in between! To see our STARS hours approved cours­es, please vis­it MERIT’s web­site. Care Cours­es is found using the orga­ni­za­tion search.

When you cre­ate your Care Cours­es account, make sure to add your Wash­ing­ton state MERIT Reg­istry ID num­ber to your Care Cours­es account under the Info area of your account. We will report your train­ing to the registry.

Opening a center or home-based child care facility in Washington

Are you inter­est­ed in start­ing a day care or home-based child care facil­i­ty in Wash­ing­ton State? Please con­tact your state licens­ing agency first using the con­tact infor­ma­tion on our Wash­ing­ton State train­ing page. Wash­ing­ton DCYF will give you advice on the require­ments, rules and reg­u­la­tions for start­ing a child care program.

Care Courses Support

Ques­tions about Wash­ing­ton’s train­ing require­ments? Please let us know how we can be of addi­tion­al assis­tance! Call us: 1–800-685‑7610, Mon­day through Fri­day, 9–5 ET, or email us days, evenings and week­ends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re here to help!

How do I Get Oklahoma Training Hours?

Hel­lo! Are you look­ing for Okla­homa train­ing hours?

All Care Cours­es are approved by the Okla­homa Pro­fes­sion­al Devel­op­ment Reg­istry (OPDR) and accept­ed by the Okla­homa Depart­ment of Human Ser­vices for ongo­ing train­ing hour require­ments for those who work in:

  • child care centers;
  • part day children’s programs;
  • school age programs;
  • sum­mer day camps;
  • fam­i­ly child care homes;
  • large fam­i­ly child care homes; and
  • res­i­den­tial child care facilities.

This includes pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment clock hours for direc­tors, pro­gram direc­tors, admin­is­tra­tors, social ser­vices staff, child care staff, teach­ers, mas­ter teach­ers, lead teach­ers, assis­tant teach­ers, pri­ma­ry care­givers, per­ma­nent sub­sti­tutes and volunteers.

Care Cours­es is an OPDR approved train­ing orga­ni­za­tion. All Care Cours­es that are 2 clock hours or more grant for­mal pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment clock hours with the Okla­homa Cen­ter For Ear­ly Child­hood Pro­fes­sion­al Devel­op­ment (CECPD) reg­istry. Cours­es that offer less than 2 clock hours count as infor­mal pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment with the OPDR. Ready to com­plete your train­ing hours? See our online course cat­a­log to get started!

Need to have your course submitted to the Oklahoma registry?

Add your Okla­homa reg­istry ID to your Care Cours­es account. We will report your train­ing to the Okla­homa reg­istry so you get cred­it for your Okla­homa train­ing hours. In most cas­es, Okla­homa requires that we sub­mit train­ing to the OPDR before we can release your certificate. 

So, make sure to add your ID to your account! Once your Reg­istry ID num­ber is in your account, we will auto­mat­i­cal­ly report all future suc­cess­ful­ly com­plet­ed cours­es to the OK registry.

Safe Sleep Training and Other Requirements 

In addi­tion, Care Cours­es are an excel­lent option for the Okla­homa safe sleep train­ing require­ment as well Okla­homa CDA and CDA renew­al train­ing!

Look­ing learn more about get­ting a CDA cre­den­tial? Check out our blog on get­ting your CDA Credential.

Keep­ing Infants Safe,
Child Devel­op­ment and Guid­ance,
Social-Emo­tion­al Devel­op­ment in Young Children

How the Courses Work

Look­ing to learn more about how our online and Course­Book cours­es? Learn how the process works on our “Train­ing Process” web­page.

Our cours­es are self-paced, can be com­plet­ed wher­ev­er and when­ev­er you wish, and include unlim­it­ed train­er phone sup­port. What­ev­er pro­fes­sion­al goals you have in the child­care field, we are here to pro­vide a help­ing hand along the way. 

Care Courses Support

Please let us know how we can be of addi­tion­al assis­tance! Call us: 1–800-685‑7610, Mon­day through Fri­day, 9–5 ET, or email us days, evenings and week­ends at info@carecourses.com. We’re here to help!

How can I take Care Courses other than online?

Is sit­ting in front of a com­put­er screen for an extend­ed peri­od of time may not be pos­si­ble for you – between your child­care duties, your fam­i­ly and your per­son­al needs, free time is scarce? Not to men­tion how tired you may feel at the end of the day! 

But there’s no need to wor­ry — Care Cours­es has anoth­er option for you! Many stu­dents ask us, how can I take Care Cours­es oth­er than online? Well! We offer most of our cours­es in Course­Book for­mat in addi­tion to our Online Cours­es to meet your needs.

CourseBooks …

  • are about the size of a mag­a­zine so they can be eas­i­ly tak­en with you on the go
  • have a good size font so they won’t cause strain on your eyes,
  • are yours to keep. After com­ple­tion of the course you can start your own ref­er­ence library!

Include an enroll­ment code that acti­vates the course’s online components

Online Component

As of Jan­u­ary 2022, all Course­Books have a required online com­po­nent and online quizzing. A lit­tle “screens” icon is locat­ed in your Course­Book in the places where there is online con­tent for you to view. You can access the online part of your course using your smart­phone, tablet, or computer. 

Care Courses Support

To order a Course­Book or learn more, call us at 1–800-685‑7610, Mon­day through Fri­day, 9–5 ET, or email us days, evenings and week­ends: info@CareCourses.com. We’re hap­py to help! Check out our cur­rent course list­ing on our website. 

Look­ing for your course enroll­ment code? Check out our blog on where you can find your Care Cours­es enroll­ment code!

Healthy Fall Snacks for Kids

If you’re look­ing for kid-friend­ly, healthy snacks for fall, look no fur­ther! Care Cours­es has test­ed out three fun and easy recipes that are sure to be a hit with the chil­dren in your care! Read on to find a few healthy Fall snacks for kids.

Party Pumpkins 

Healthy children's snacks
Healthy chil­dren’s snacks

Par­ty Pumpkins

Serves one

You will need: 
1 clemen­tine 
1 cel­ery stick

What to do:

1. Peel the clementine

2. Cut the cel­ery stick in half length­wise, then cut it in half across

3. Take the new­ly cut cel­ery stick in the hole in the mid­dle of the clementine.


Boonanas snack for kids
Boo­nanas snack for kids


Serves one

You will need: 
1 ripe banana 
2 raisins

What to do:

1. Peel banana and cut it in half

2. Keep­ing the cut part of the banana at the bot­tom, cut one raisin in half and place the pieces where “eyes,” then use the whole one as a mouth. Repeat with the oth­er half of the banana.

Note: We chose “baby” bananas, but full-sized ones will work as well.

Spooky Halloween Smiles Makes about five “smiles”

Healthy Fall Snacks for Kids
Healthy Fall Snacks for Kids

Spooky Hal­loween Smiles Makes about five “smiles”

You will need:

1 apple, quar­tered and core removed – you may use either red or green apples, the green ones make the “gums” look espe­cial­ly creepy 5 tbs Sun­but­ter (or oth­er pre­ferred nut-free alter­na­tive spread) ¼ cup of raisins

What to do: 1. Take one apple quar­ter, slice it in half length­wise, then again length­wise. 2. Take one of the new pieces, spread peanut but­ter on it, then arrange the raisins so that they stick out. Think “teeth!” 3. Once you’ve arranged the teeth how you want them, place anoth­er apple slice on top.

Notes: Sliced almonds can be used in place of raisins. If you don’t plan to serve these right away, brush the apples with lemon juice so they don’t brown. Feel free to sub­sti­tute all-nat­ur­al, creamy peanut but­ter if there are no chil­dren with nut allergies. 

Now that you have a few ideas for snack time, read our blog about fun activ­i­ties to do with chil­dren in child care. 

Look­ing for more ideas? Inter­est­ed in learn­ing about healthy food han­dling pro­ce­dures in child care? Take our course, Man­ag­ing Health and Safe­ty in Child Care today!

Care Courses Support

Ques­tions? More ideas? Call us at 1–800-685‑7610 M‑F 9–5ET. Email us at info@carecourses.com. We are here to help!

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