Based on key competency areas of the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, NACCRRA's Child Care Essentials: A Comprehensive Initial Training is a self-paced 40-hour online course which covers an extensive range of child care topics, including: preparing a secure environment for children, adapting to the unique characteristics of each child and partnering with parents. Between September 2010 and February 2011, more than 500 child care professionals in five states participated in a pilot of Child Care Essentials. Participants who completed the pilot phase gained the skills needed to create an inclusive, nurturing learning environment for children. Eighty-six percent of participants found the course to be an effective learning tool for providers beginning their careers in child care and 94percent of participants preferred the online training method as it allows for them to work at their own pace.
Child Care Aware® of America (formerly NACCRRA) is our nation's leading voice for child care. We work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to high-quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. To learn more about Child Care Aware® of America and how you can join us in ensuring access to high-quality child care for all families, visit us at www.usa.childcareaware.org.