Training Requirements


The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the federal law that sets the parameters from which state legislation is written, does not require any minimum training for child care providers caring for children. Seventeen states do not require a high school diploma for lead teachers in a child care center classroom. Another 14 states require a high school diploma or GED for lead teachers. Using the list below, you can view the pre-service (initial) and annual training requirements for center teachers, center directors, and family child care providers in your state and Child Care Aware® of America's report on Child Care Resource and Referral training.  


State Training Requirements 

Child Care Centers:

Small Family Child Care Home Providers:


Child Care Aware® of America Training Related Materials

Membership Webinar: "White Paper: Child Care Training & Technical Assistance: Improving the Quality of Child Care" (May 2012)

If you missed the webinar, you can register here to watch it.

You can also download the slides from the webinar.

Supporting Materials:

Child Care Aware® Training Academy

For additional information about Child Care Aware® Training Academy, contact:

Sobia Nawaz, Director of Training Academy
Ph: (703) 341-4100 ext.163

For additional information about NACCRRA Data Services, contact:

Cathy Wague, Director of Application Development (Training/Tracking System, Data Suite Services)

For information about Membership or Public Policy:, Chief of Policy & Evaluation, Senior Director of Membership Services