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Dear Elizabeth,
Iíve been a licensed child care provider for seven years and get a lot of fliers about ďcontinuing education.Ē Should I be considering taking more courses?
Dolly Nowden
Elizabeth's Tips
Elizabeth Sanchez
Elizabeth Sanchez
  • There are many options for caregiver education
  • The more training you have, the more quality care you can provide
  • Enhances your understanding of how kids develop
Expert Advice
Janis Isenberg
Janis Isenberg
Child Care Training Institute
There are many benefits in taking child care education courses. The courses really help to build the knowledge of caregiver/provider. The education gives child care providers tools and knowledge needed for building school readiness skills in children. It can provide a greater awareness of child development in various areas such as nutrition, math, science, literacy, challenging behaviors, and special needs.

Topics of interest for the caregiver include self-improvement, business, marketing, grant writing, computers, everything you want to know about starting a family care business, contracts, licensing, and evaluating the environment.

All Caregivers Are Welcome
Classes and workshops are available not just for licensed child care providers, but also for other caregivers, such as grandparents. Unless the workshop is targeted to a particular group, all workshops are open. Remember, sometimes there is a cost involved with workshops. Itís important for caregivers to network with other caregivers. There are also organizations and networks for caregivers to join for support and education.

Growing and Ever-Changing Field
The field of early care and development is growing. More policymakers are convinced of the need for early learning opportunities for young children. Legislators in a number of states are demonstrating an increased willingness to make difficult economic choices in order to fund preschool education. Cities with a policy goal of preschool for all, include: Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

For Additional Info
There are many places caregivers can go to get more information about classes and workshops in their area. You can check the website of the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies in the area in that you live. Also, check with your local school. Sometimes the Parent/Teacher Organizations offer workshops. Finally, remember to check with your local libraries, community colleges, churches, and newspapers.
Child Care Provider Comments
Ashlee Durr
Ashlee Durr
Cares for her niece and nephews
I have taken classes in special needs, CPR, and how to work with children in a multicultural setting. Also, I have taken classes in preschool education. The infant/ toddler classes taught me all about safety information such as the proper body temperature, building their individual personality, hitting developmental milestones, the importance of allowing them to build their sensory experiences, proper feeding and learning to decipher if they are crying because they may be sick, tired or hungry.
Alice Arismendez
Alice Arismendez
Grandmother of six
I have been thinking about taking classes because I would like to be able to help my son care for his five-year-old daughter who has a lot of special needs. I always want to know the latest information on child care and education. As a parent and grandparent, I do believe that it is important to keep up with what is going in the world of child care. In the past, I took some classes in child care and worked as a teacherís aid in the school district.
Karolina Ramirez
Karolina Ramirez
Child care provider for 6 years
I have attended various workshops, including CCRC Workshops, Special needs, Science, Art, Infant, etc. I want to learn valuable ideas to bring back home to incorporate into our home daycare program. I also want to learn about more current practices with children and how to problem solve better. When working with young children, itís very important to be up to date with all of the latest information.

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