Research has clearly shown that training and education for child care providers are extremely important. Solid provider training and education lead to quality child care programs. Well-trained providers are better prepared to help children grow and learn.

The training and education that you have will help you better care for children, market your services and build confidence among the families you serve. Certain health and safety trainings may be required. Topics for these required trainings can include CPR, First Aid and safe sleep practices for infants. You will also want to have training in areas that can help increase the quality of your care. Child development, nutrition, behavior and classroom management and family engagement are common training areas. Child care directors and owners will want to be trained on running a child care business. Ongoing training opportunities can also keep you up-to-date on new research. This is important in fields like early learning and teaching strategies.

In this section you will find:

Types of Training discusses initial and annual training for child care providers. You’ll find information on Child Care Aware® of America’s recommendations for training. We’ll also share where you can look for training opportunities online or in your area.

Health and Safety Training touches on what kinds of training you should receive before you begin caring for children and on an ongoing basis. Some health and safety training topics may be required in your state. There may be other health and safety topics that you may choose to take.

Training Academy is Child Care Aware® of America’s online training system. Courses are available for child care providers on a number of topics. Earn credits towards your state’s annual training requirements without leaving your home! You’ll also find courses that will allow you to earn or renew your Child Development Associate credential, or CDA. Your local agency may partner with Child Care Aware® of America to offer these courses. If not, you may access them directly through this site.

Looking for training in your area?

Child Care Aware® does not offer provider trainings. If you’re looking for local training or professional development, contact your local Child Care Resource & Referral agency (CCR&R). They may offer or be able to help you find free and low-cost training opportunities near you. Find your local CCR&R with a zip code search on our CCR&R Search page.