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Child Care Provider Online Training

Blackstone’s child care provider online career training covers the fundamentals of early childhood education, the child care profession, and developmentally appropriate practices for dealing with children from birth through school age. Our online career training child care provider program includes instruction on office technology, time and stress management, management theory, critical thinking skills, and working effectively on a team. Prepare for your child care career with online training from Blackstone and discover the rewards of working with children in this challenging and stimulating field.

Blackstone’s accredited, online training is a convenient way to gain the knowledge and skills practiced in a child care career. Our affordable child care provider program is designed to fit into your lifestyle and your budget. Along with a solid academic foundation, our child care provider training includes superior student services to keep you encouraged, engaged, and on track, throughout your program.

  • Prerequisite: High School or General Equivalency Diploma
  • Study Method: Textbooks with online study guides and exams
  • Program Length: Completion time ranges from 4-12 months, with students given the option of up to 18 months if needed. Students must satisfy all academic and financial obligations to graduate from their program.

Become A Child Care Provider

The demand for child care providers is on the rise as more parents enter the workforce along with the widely recognized importance for early childhood education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the demand for child care workers will continue to grow; employment in this field is expected to rise by 7% by 2026. Job seekers who are qualified through education and training should have little trouble finding employment.

Many factors are considered when calculating salary for child care careers such as location, type of facility, ages of the children, job title, education level and years of experience. According to the 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the middle 50 percent of child care workers earn around $10.18 per hour, while the top ten percent earn more than $15.25 per hour.

If you are interested in working with children’s growth and development in a rewarding field, then a child care career is worth pursuing. Child care workers provide learning activities that develop a child’s self-esteem, as well as cognitive and physical abilities. They are responsible for supervising, nurturing, and caring for children, tending to the safety, health, and well-being of infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children. To operate an in-home daycare, providers may be required to obtain a license and undergo inspections.

Child Care Provider Career Opportunities

Those working in child care careers can utilize their skills in three main settings—as private household workers, like nannies or au pairs, who provide care in a child’s home; family child care providers, who provide care in their own homes; and child care workers who are employed at child care centers, including preschools and Head Start programs. Some child care providers choose to be self-employed, starting their own in-home day care business.

Creating a safe and effective environment for children’s growth and development as a child care provider can be rewarding. If you are ready to begin your child care provider training and prepare for a respected profession with high job security and rewarding job responsibilities, get started with Blackstone’s accredited child care provider training today.

Advance your skills to achieve your goals of working in an rewarding Child Care Provider career. Questions? Contact us at 1-800-826-9228 or enroll online now.

Child Care Provider Curriculum

Our accredited online Child Care Provider Career Training Program is comprised of a comprehensive curriculum that covers a broad range of practical career skills. Each lesson includes challenging practice exercises to help reinforce new concepts. Our program includes:

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Unit I: Blackstone’s Skills for Success

      • Chapter 1: Discover How You Learn
      • Chapter 2: Find a Place to Study
      • Chapter 3: Learn How to Study

Unit II: English Usage and Written Communication

      • Chapter 1: Parts of Speech
      • Chapter 2: Parts of a Sentence
      • Chapter 3: Pronouns, Verbs, and Agreement
      • Chapter 4: Sentence Types and Punctuation
      • Chapter 5: Written Communications

Unit III: Introduction to Computers, the Internet and Electronic Communication

        • Chapter 1: Introduction to Computers
        • Chapter 2: The Internet, Websites and Media
        • Chapter 3: Electronic Communication

Unit IV: Time & Stress Management

  • Chapter 1: LifeTime Patterns (Values)
  • Chapter 2: The Power of LifeTime Habits
  • Chapter 3: Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
  • Chapter 4: Choosing Your Priorities
  • Chapter 5: Planning and Scheduling Activities
  • Chapter 6: Interruptions, the #1 TimeThief
  • Chapter 7: TimeLogs
  • Chapter 8: TimeTips
  • Chapter 9: Self-Esteem and Time Management
  • Chapter 10: Stress Management

Unit V: Critical Thinking Skills

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Critical Thinking and the PANIC Method
  • Chapter 2: Inference and Judgment
  • Chapter 3: Metacognition
  • Chapter 4: Forming Strong Conclusions through Predicting
  • Chapter 5: Rhetorical Strategies
  • Chapter 6: Critical Theories
  • Chapter 7: Deductive Reasoning
  • Chapter 8: Emotional Intelligence and Critical Thinking

Unit VI: Child Day Care 1

  • Chapter 1: You: Working with Young Children
  • Chapter 2: Types of Early Childhood Programs
  • Chapter 3: Observing Children: A Tool for Assessment
  • Chapter 4: Child Development Principles and Theories
  • Chapter 5: Understanding Children from Birth to Age Two
  • Chapter 6: Understanding Two- and Three-Year-Olds
  • Chapter 7: Understanding Four- and Five-Year-Olds
  • Chapter 8: Middle Childhood

Unit VII: Child Day Care 2

  • Chapter 9: Preparing the Environment
  • Chapter 10: Selecting Toys, Equipment, and Educational Materials
  • Chapter 11: Promoting Children’s Safety
  • Chapter 12: Planning Nutritious Meals and Snacks
  • Chapter 13: Guiding Children’s Health

Unit VIII: Child Day Care 3

  • Chapter 14: Developing Guidance Skills
  • Chapter 15: Guidance Challenges
  • Chapter 16: Establishing Classroom Limits
  • Chapter 17: Handling Daily Routines

Unit IX: Child Day Care 4

  • Chapter 18: The Curriculum
  • Chapter 19: Guiding Art, Blockbuilding, and Sensory Experiences
  • Chapter 20: Guiding Storytelling Experiences
  • Chapter 21: Guiding Play and Puppetry Experiences
  • Chapter 22: Guiding Manuscript Writing Experiences

Unit X: Child Day Care 5

  • Chapter 23: Guiding Math Experiences
  • Chapter 24: Guiding Science Experiences
  • Chapter 25: Guiding Social Studies Experiences
  • Chapter 26: Guiding Food and Nutrition Experiences
  • Chapter 27: Guiding Music and Movement Experiences
  • Chapter 28: Guiding Field Trip Experiences

Unit XI: Child Day Care 6

  • Chapter 29: Programs for Infants and Toddlers
  • Chapter 30: Programs for School-Age Children
  • Chapter 31: Guiding Children with Special Needs
  • Chapter 32: Involving Parents and Families
  • Chapter 33: A Career for You in Early Childhood Education

Unit XII: Starting a Home-Based Day-Care Business 1

  • Chapter 1: Family Child Care—Is It for Me?
  • Chapter 2: Starting Out
  • Chapter 3: Policies and Procedures

Unit XIII: Starting a Home-Based Day-Care Business 2

  • Chapter 4: Your Daily Schedule
  • Chapter 5: Fun Activities for Children
  • Chapter 6: Positive Guidance Tools

Unit XIV: Starting a Home-Based Day-Care Business 3

  • Chapter 7: Back to Business
  • Chapter 8: Solving Common Problems
  • Chapter 9: Planning for the Future

Unit XV: Management Practices & Principles

  • Chapter 1: The Supervisor: Manager and Leader
  • Chapter 2: Effective Communication
  • Chapter 3: Creating a Positive Work Climate
  • Chapter 4: Building Teams and Managing Conflict
  • Chapter 5: Delegation
  • Chapter 6: Developing Job Expectations
  • Chapter 7: Recruiting Employees
  • Chapter 8: Selecting Employees
  • Chapter 9: Orienting and Training Employees
  • Chapter 10: Performance Evaluation
  • Chapter 11: Disciplining Employees

Unit XVI: Interpersonal Communications

  • Chapter 1: Aspects of a Positive Workplace Environment
  • Chapter 2: Communication
  • Chapter 3: Diversity in the Workplace
  • Chapter 4: Team Building

Unit XVII: How to Find a Job in Child Day Care

  • Chapter 1: Job Search Correspondence
  • Chapter 2: The Job Search
  • Chapter 3: Job Interviews

Advance your skills so you can achieve your goals in an rewarding entry level Child Care Provider career. Questions? Contact us at 1-800-826-9228 or enroll online now.

Child Care Provider Materials

Blackstone will provide you with the following tools for success in your online child care provider program, all of which are included in your tuition:

Child Care Provider Online Study Guides

These five online study guides will lead you through the How to Start a Home-Based Day-Care Business textbook, highlighting all of the important points and giving you additional review questions.

BCI Child Care ProviderWorking with Young Children by Judy Herr

This textbook, widely well-known in the early childhood education field, is the core of your child care program. It introduces the developmental theories and techniques used by child care workers in a variety of childhood education settings. The text provides an overview of the physical, intellectual and social-emotional characteristics of young children, and then explores how to guide them through daily activities in a safe and educational manner.

BCI Child Care ProviderHow to Start a Home-Based Day-Care Business by Shari Steelsmith

Your child care program will teach you how you can open and run your own business. This text presents useful information on how to start your own family child care, including how to balance your work life with home life and gain profitability. The text provides several special features, like Internet resources, and sample forms that you can really use to get a home-based day-care business up and running.

Additional Blackstone Study Units

In addition to the study guides that accompany your textbooks, you will receive online access to eight more exclusive Blackstone study units that will introduce you to important topics that will make your child care program training complete and help prepare you for work in the field.

Blackstone's Exclusive Online Typing Tutor

Whether you are a novice typist or just need to brush up on your skills and increase your speed, Blackstone's Online Typing Tutor will help you succeed. Typing exercises are geared to the allied health student. Work at your own pace and take the online typing test when you are ready to assess your skill level.

Access to Blackstone's Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, and receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and receive up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

In addition, Blackstone will also provide you with:

Financial Assistance

Blackstone’s financial assistance programs include GI Bill Education Benefits for veterans and the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA program).

Advance your skills so you can achieve your goals in an rewarding entry level Child Care Provider career. Questions? Contact us at 1-800-826-9228 or enroll online now.

Child Care Provider Tuition

Child Care Provider Training Cost- Enroll for $59!

Blackstone Career Institute makes it easy for you to receive a quality education at an affordable cost. Everything you need to get started in this exciting career working in the child care field is included in your tuition. Choose the payment plan that best fits your budget and get started today!

Available Payment Plans


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The Child Care Provider Tuition Fee Includes:

  • All instruction, exam evaluation, and grading of homework assignments
  • Access to our Online Student Center
  • Lifetime access to student forums and chat rooms
  • Full student services and support during your program
  • Latest edition e-textbooks included with your course
  • Comprehensive study guides prepared by faculty and reviewed by subject matter experts
  • Exam grade reports with references for incorrect answers
  • Automatic six month time extension-a $250 value
  • Official BCI school transcript
  • An embossed Child Care Provider diploma upon completion of program requirements

Go to our Financial Assistance
section to review your financing options that include low cost payment programs, military TA and corporate reimbursement.

Methods of Payment

At BCI we want to put your mind at ease about expenses so you can focus on what really matters . . . obtaining the career education you need to get the job you want!
You may use your Visa, Discover, Master Card, or American Express to securely enroll online. You may also pay your tuition fee in full by money order, corporate check or personal check.

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International Student Policy:

International, Alaskan, Hawaiian and Canadian students are required to participate under the full payment plan only. There is an additional charge for shipping/handling of all materials. Please refer to the International Training page for requirements or call (800) 826-9228 prior to enrollment. AK, HI, Canadian and international students may be required to pay extra duties required by customs authorities at the time of receipt of study material.)


NOTE: To Employed Individuals
Some students may be eligible for full or partial reimbursement of their paralegal school tuition by their employers. Your company may be able to take advantage of The Employee Education Assistance Act (IRS Code, Section 127). Check with your supervisor or personnel department.

Student Tuition Protection Policy:

We offer a generous student tuition protection policy that covers cancellations and refunds. Review our policy here.

Advance your skills so you can achieve your goals in an rewarding entry level Child Care provider career. Questions? Contact us at 1-800-826-9228 or enroll online now.

Resources for Child Care Provider Careers

Career Resources include sites that specifically relate to child care providers. Find organizations to join and increase your networking abilities. Many of these organizations and associations have their own newsletters or magazines, job databases, and certification exams. You will also find links to other relevant web sites for child care careers, as well as books, software or journals that can help as you build your professional knowledge.
Explore online resources below in the following categories:

Child Care Provider and Related Associations

Child Day Care Association
National Association for Family Child Care
National Association for Sick Child Daycare
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Association for Early Learning Leaders

Child Care Provider Resources

Child Care Aware
Everything Child Care
Daycare Match
Starting a Child Care Center
Resources for Child Care Providers (provided by U.S. dept. of Health and Human Services)

Job Resources for Chid Care Provider Career

Tutor Time Child Care Learning Centers
Childtime Learning Centers
LinkedIn Job Search

Books and Journals for Child Care Providers

Teaching Young Children
Young Children Journal

Remember: Use the promo code TAPP when you are enrolling!

State Licensing:  Because licensing and certification requirements differ from state to state, it is important to check with the state licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state you plan to work to determine the requirements. Prospective students should review regulatory information and professional licensing requirements. Simply click here to learn more on state licensing/regulatory boards and specific industry licensing information.