There is no age lim­it when it comes to tak­ing Care Cours­es! The only pre-req­ui­site for our cours­es is that you can read and write flu­ent­ly in English.

Child Care Licensing Requirements

How­ev­er, if you plan to use Care Cours­es to become a qual­i­fied care­giv­er or vol­un­teer, first check the reg­u­la­tions for your state’s age lim­it to legal­ly take care of chil­dren. Vis­it your state page to find out your state’s child care licens­ing con­tact infor­ma­tion. Con­tact licens­ing to learn how old you must be to work in child­care in your state! 

The CDA Credential

If you wish to use Care Cours­es to apply for the Nation­al CDA cre­den­tial, you must be at least 18 years of age and hold a high school diplo­ma or GED.

Inter­est­ed in learn­ing how to get your CDA cre­den­tial? We hear this ques­tion a lot here at Care Cours­es! Check out our blog on what you can do with a CDA. The CDA Coun­cil for pro­fes­sion­al recog­ni­tion requires appli­cants to be at least 18 years of age and hold a high school diplo­ma or equiv­a­lent, like a GED.

Curi­ous which CDA set­ting is for you? We have a blog on that, too: How do I choose my CDA Setting?

Want to learn more about child care?

Want to learn more about child care but don’t know where to start? Check out our free course, Play­ing Out­doors, to learn how our train­ing works. Then read up on time out to learn why you should nev­er use this dis­ci­pline tech­nique with children. 

Care Courses Support

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

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