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Childcare Providers
Continuing education credits your way. Annual Subscriptions or individual courses keeping you compliant

Child Care Training Courses
Fast – Easy – Affordable

Online accredited child development classes designed to meet the needs of Preschools, Registered and Licensed in-home daycares and child care centers. With over 50 lessons to choose from, our go-at-your-own-pace curriculum allows day care directors, providers, and staff to easily meet state-mandated professional development requirements. 

Flexible Annual Online Childcare Training Plans To Fit Your Budget

Get a full year of Professional Development Courses

Annual Childcare Training
for Individuals And In-Home Daycares

Perfect for registered homes, licensed homes, small daycare centers and individual child care professionals

  • Unlimited Access to 55 Lessons
  • Accredited Program for State of Texas
  • Immediately Print Certificates
  • Meets Annual DFPS minimum standards

$120 Per Individual
NOW $90/yr 

Annual Childcare Training for Up to 20 Employees

Perfect for small and medium-sized preschools and daycare centers. This meets the requirements for daycare directors and their staff.

  • Unlimited Access to 55 Lessons
  • Accredited Program for State of Texas
  • Immediately Print Certificates
  • Meets Annual DFPS Minimum Standards
  • Train up 20 Employees
  • Customize training for each employee
  • Automated reminders to keep your center compliant
  • Monitor and Manage Employee Progress
  • Easily Add New Hires

$1800 Per Center
NOW $500/yr 

Annual Childcare Training for Up to 50 Employees

Perfect for small and medium-sized preschools and daycare centers. This meets the requirements for daycare directors and their staff.

  • Unlimited Access to 55 Lessons
  • Accredited Program for State of Texas
  • Immediately Print Certificates
  • Meets Annual DFPS Minimum Standards
  • Train up 50 Employees
  • Customize training for each employee
  • Automated reminders to keep your center compliant
  • Monitor and Manage Employee Progress
  • Easily Add New Hires
  • Our best value
  • For centers over 50 please contact us

$4500 per Center
NOW $1000/yr 
SAVE NOW! 

Testimonials

The ARK program combines the best of psychology with cutting-edge self-concept theory, employing love-based caregiving techniques to build high self-esteem, ARK makes a measurable, qualitative, difference in the lives of children and adults!”

Dr. Brooke Duffy-Roberts, PhD
Marriage and Family Therapy

Need Just a Few Clock Hours?

As a daycare professional, there are times when you need just a few clock hours to complete you requirements each year. Our individual course program was designed with you in mind. Choose from 55 class topics in eight categories. Each course is the equivalent of one clock hour at a cost of $8 each. 

Choose from 55 Unique State-Approved Courses Starting at $8

 Full Course Catalog of Child Care Training Classes

Guidance

$8

A New Style of Caregiving

Changing from fear-based relationships to love-based relationships
$8

Avoiding Over-Reaction

Responding appropriately to a child's behavior
$8

Bully-Proofing

Helping a child learn how to deal with bullies
$8

Conveying Unconditional Love

Showing love to children through both words and actions
$8

Creating Logical Consequences

Responding to children's bad behavior with logical consequences
$8

Developing a Sense of Responsibility

Assisting children to take responsibility for their behavior
$8

Giving Encouragement

Establishing a positive childcare environment through encouragement
$8

Handling Feelings

Teaching a child how to handle negative feelings
$8

Positive Guidance and Discipline Strategies (Part 1)

Positive ways to guide a child's behavior
$8

Positive Guidance and Discipline Strategies (Part 2)

Positive ways to guide a child's behavior
$8

Separating the Child from the Behavior

Unconditional love requires disciplining the behavior while still affirming the child
$8

Stress Management and Young Children

Stress Management and Young Children
$8

Understanding the Misbehaving Child (Part 1 Why Children Misbehave)

Understanding the basic needs of a child, and the reasons for misbehavior
$8

Understanding the Misbehaving Child (Part 2 The Attention-seeking Child)

Understanding the basic needs of a child, and the reasons for misbehavior
$8

Understanding the Misbehaving Child (Part 3 The Power-seeking Child)

Understanding the basic needs of a child, and the reasons for misbehavior
$8

Using Natural Consequences

Structuring creative learning opportunities for children

Family and Community Relationships

$8

Effective Communication with Families

Creating an open, honest line of communication with parents

Child Growth and Development

$8

Communication Appropriate to the Stages of Children’s Brain Development

Understanding verbal skills and brain development at different stages
$8

Early Childhood Brain Development

How a child's brain develops and the stages of development
$8

The Childhood Brain

An explanation of the three parts of the brain

Cultural and Individual Diversity

$8

Encouraging an Appreciation of Cultural Diversity with Children and Families

Ways to encourage inclusion and celebrate cultural diversity
$8

Letting Children Be Themselves

Celebrating the uniqueness of each child

Health and Safety

$8

Administering Medications

When and how to administer medicine to children in your care
$8

Building and Physical Premises Safety Guidelines (and Hazardous Materials)

Guidelines to ensure a safe childcare environment (also covers the use, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials)
$8

Creating a Safe, Inviting Physical Environment

A plan for creating an organized, attractive, and inviting setting for children
$8

Emergency Preparedness

How to prepare for and respond to emergency situations
$8

Factors that Place a Child At-Risk for Child Abuse or Neglect

Risk factors that increase the possibility of child abuse or neglect
$8

Preventing and Responding to Allergic Reactions

How to prevent, recognize, and respond to allergic reactions
$8

Preventing the Spread of Communicable Diseases

Immunizations and other health precautions to prevent the spread of illnesses.
$8

Procedures for Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

How to report suspected abuse or neglect
$8

Shaken Baby Syndrome and Head Trauma

Recognizing and preventing abusive head trauma and shaken baby syndrome
$8

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Safe sleep practices for infants so that they will be less likely to be victims of SIDS
$8

Transportation Safety (Part 1)

Part 1 of a 2 part course on how to safely transport children in your care
$8

Transportation Safety (Part 2)

Part 2 of a 2 part course on how to safely transport children in your care
$8

Warning Signs Indicating a Child May Be a Victim

How to recognize the signs of potential abuse or neglect

Observation and Assessment

$8

Discovering Islands of Competence

Helping children discover their unique gifts and stregths
$8

Working with Children Who Exhibit ADHD-like Behavior

Working with an energy-charged child

Professional Practice, Methods and Curriculum

$8

Age-Appropriate Activities for Children

Activities that are appropriate for children from birth through age 4
$8

Becoming an Advocate of the Child

The importance of a nurturing relationship between the caregiver and the child
$8

Creating a Nurturing Emotional Environment

Offering a supportive, caring environment
$8

Creating a Supportive Environment for the Caregiver

Providing a nurturing environment for the caregivers
$8

Delaying Gratification

Helping a child learn how to delay immediate pleasure in order to enjoy long-term gain
$8

Developing New Strategies

The importance of developing new strategies when caring for young children
$8

Encouraging Early Literacy Skills

Fostering a love of books while promoting early literacy skills
$8

Establishing Boundaries

The need for some structure in the life of a child
$8

Learning Activities for Infants

Age-appropriate activities for babies' cognitive development
$8

STEM for Preschoolers

Incorporating science, technology, engineering, and math concepts into a preschool curriculum
$8

Teaching Math to Preschoolers

Best practices and suggested activities for preschool math instruction
$8

Teaching Tips for a Successful Circle Time

Tips to make circle time one of the highlights of each day
$8

The Vital Connection Between Unconditional Love and a Child’s Positive Self-Concept

How receiving unconditional love affects a child's self-esteem

Professionalism

$8

Focusing Our Communication

Tools for building successful adult-child communication
$8

Practicing Positive Self-Imaging

Using self-imaging techniques to maintain a positive attitude and to promote personal success
$8

Preventing Sexual Harassment

Using common sense and good judgment in preventing sexual harassment
$8

Stress Management and the Childcare Provider

Combating the stress that many childcare providers experience in the workplace
$8

The Caregiver as an Educator

Helping the child learn about himself and the world around him