Where can I get the best Texas childcare training?

We’re proud to call thousands of childcare providers in the Lone Star State our students here at Care Courses. We first started our training program in Austin, and we still design courses specifically for Texas requirements! So whether you’re already using our courses for your training needs or a newcomer to us, take a minute to see everything Care Courses has to offer early childhood educators in your state!

For Childcare Providers

Use Care Courses toward both your annual training and other Texas requirements. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) accepts all Care Courses in accordance with their continuing education requirement for all childcare providers.

When it comes to annual training, keep in mind that you can use Care Courses for some, but not all of the annual hours you need! Because Texas does not allow more than 80% of the required annual training hours to come from self-instructional training, childcare center caregivers can use Care Courses for up to 19 hours annually and childcare center directors for up to 24 hours annually. In addition, clock hours may not be carried over to the next year.

Now, here are a few Texas requirements you can meet using Care Courses.

For folks who are just coming into the early education field, Care Courses can be used for the 24-hour Texas Pre-service training requirement. We offer a 3-course training bundle to cover this preservice requirement. One of the courses, Great Beginnings, needs to be completed before you can begin working. The other two courses in the bundle, Imagination at Play and Principles of Child Development and Learning, can be finished within the first 90 days of work.

Use Care Courses to obtain a CDA or renew a CDA! Care Courses CDA training is available for all four CDA settings:

  • Family Child Care
  • Infant and Toddler Center-Based
  • Preschool Center-Based

Use our training for Texas annual requirements and for obtaining or renewing a CDA as well – just make sure that you call in and speak to our staff about how to use you Texas trainings towards your CDA requirements.

For Center Directors

Students who will be a director of a center with 13 or more children can use Care Courses to obtain a childcare center director’s certificate. As long as you have at least three years of experience in a licensed child care center, Care Courses will take care of your training requirement. Just choose one of our training bundles, which cover 150 hours of child development training and 150 hours of management training. When successfully complete this training, you’ll receive your Director’s Certificate from your licensing agency.

For Teachers of School-Age Children

Care Courses can also be used for Continuing Professional Education for the Texas Education Agency. This means that if you’re a classroom teacher, you can use this towards the 150 hours that you need for renewal or the 200 hours of renewal needed for educators who hold a professional certificate. Click here to get your CPE hours to meet renewal requirement for classroom teachers and educators who hold professional certificate(s)!

On top of this, you can use Care Courses to complete the 120 hours of formal child care training needed to obtain your CDA! Learn more about how a CDA can help you in Texas here.

So as you can see, Care Courses doesn’t mess around when it comes to Texas.

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!

2 thoughts on “Where can I get the best Texas childcare training?

    1. Dear Sandra,

      Thank you for your comment! Getting your CDA is a rewarding experience that takes time and determination. To understand the CDA and prepare for it, we recommend the following.

      1. As a first step, we encourage you to read the information on this webpage, as it will help you understand how to prepare for your CDA: https://www.carecourses.com/PublicPages/CDA_Welcome.aspx
      2. Next, we recommend that you take our free online tutorial that gives a detailed step-by-step explanation of the CDA and the CDA process. Sign up for it here: https://www.carecourses.com/Ecommerce/CourseDetail.aspx?ItemID=294
      The webpage and the free online tutorial linked above will familiarize you with the requirements for a CDA, and help prepare you for the process.
      3. Once you have read the webpage and completed the tutorial, review the CDA training you must complete for your setting. Click on the setting and read about the specific training courses you’ll need for the formal training requirement: https://www.carecourses.com/PublicPages/CDATraining.aspx
      We offer our training courses in discounted packages as well as in a payment plan spread out over time.
      4. Once you have decided to pursue your CDA, follow the steps outlined in the free tutorial and order your training.
      Please email us at info@carecourses.com or call us at 1-800-685-7610 to let us know how we can be of additional assistance. We are here to help make this experience pleasant and rewarding!


      Care Courses CDA Support Team

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