Assessing Child Care Business Practices

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Assessing Child Care Business Practices (1 hour / .1 CEU)

Tuition: $10.50

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In-Service Training Course Code:  ECE 0301

CDA Competency: Effective Program Operation [1 hour / .1 CEU]

Washington STARS Credit: Administration[1 hour]

Washington Core Competency: Content Area 7: Program Planning and Development  [1 hours]

 > Early Care & Education Professionals [1 hour]

 > School-Age Professionals  [1 hour]

Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Program Management [1 hour]


Training Type: Annual Continuing Education

Training Delivery Method: Online

Cost: Fixed

Session Length: 1 Hour

Amount: $10.50

Session Level: 2

Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the trainer/instructor: The student is encouraged to contact the trainer and other student support staff by email, Live Chat, phone for support and resources. Student support hours are 8 am until 9 pm, 7 days a week. Student forum and assignments provide the student with opportunities to share experiences, to engage with the trainer and other students, and to reflect on what they have learned. 

Audiences the training applies to: 

  • Administrators
  • Child Care Center
  • Head Start
  • Military
  • Tribal Nations
  • Family Home Child Care
  • School-Age

Language(s) used in training: English

Content Focus Group:

  • Infants
  • Toddlers
  • Preschool Age Children
  • Pre-Kindergarten Children
  • School-Age Children
  • Youth
  • Special Needs
  • Administrators

Training Methods:

  • Audio-video with facilitation
  • Independent study with supervision

Description of Training Session: 

This course describes actions and practices that contribute to establishment and maintenance of an organization that provides high-quality child care and early childhood education in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment. It also discusses techniques for assessing operational and financial practices, family and community relationships, and staff and professional growth. Child care facilities face many of the same challenges as other businesses. Assessment of present needs and available resources will provide objective data about future business practices.

Learning Objectives: 

  • RECALL techniques for assessing operational practices.
  • RECALL techniques for assessing financial aspects of a child care business.
  • RECALL techniques for assessing family relations practices.
  • RECALL techniques for assessing community relations practices beneficial to a child care business.
  • RECALL techniques for assessing staff procurement and management.
  • RECALL techniques for assessing staff members’ performances and assisting in their professional growth.


  • Introduction
  • Assessing Operational and Financial Practices
  • Assessing Family and Community Relationships
  • Assessing Staff and Professional Growth
  • Summary
  • End of Lesson Test

This is a self-paced course that and can be saved and resumed during any point. Assessment question and answer sessions during the course monitor the students’ progress, and support the student’s progression, and learning objectives. There is a test at the end of each course. The questions on the test are completely based on the materials covered in the specific course. The student must get 70% or better to pass the test. If 70% is not achieved, then the training system automatically takes the student back through the course to review the materials that were missed on the test. The student is then returned to the test to try again for a second attempt if needed. 



 All courses are completely online. Nothing will be shipped. 



2) Student enrollments are activated between 8 am and 9 pm PST, 7 days a week. It can take up to 30 minutes after enrollment for your courses to become active for access. However, in most cases it is within 5 minutes.

3) Enrollments submitted between 9 pm and 8 am (during the night) will be processed by 8:30 am the next morning.

4) Check your email for instructions to start the training. You will receive an email with the word PASSWORD in the subject line. Click on the link in the email, and use the log-in credential provided to access the course.

5) Attention Mobile Device Users! This training cannot be done on a mobile device. Cell phones and tablets do not have the required software to run the online In-service courses. A computer with internet access is required to complete the online In-service training.

6) Some students may find that they need to download or update Shockwave, Flash player or Java.

7) Some students may find that they have to update their internet browser, this is most often the case when trying to use Internet Explorer. We recommend Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome for the best results. Our student support staff is happy to assist students with troubleshooting should you encounter technical issues, and will provide common suggestions for solving problems that occur when normal browser maintenance or application updates need to occur.

8) Cancellations and refunds requested within 72 hours after enrollment are available for courses/programs that have NOT been accessed. Refunds and Cancellations will be charged a 20% cancellation fee.

9) Once you log in and start a course, a refund is not available. After 72 hours, the payment credit can be transferred to a different training or to a new student if the training was not started by the original student for up to 30 days after enrollment.

10) Refunds are not available after 72 hours.

11) Refunds are not available for courses/programs that have been started.

12) Washington students must submit an evaluation form with a valid STARS ID number upon completion of the course and a certificate will be emailed to you. Certificates are prepared throughout the day, 7 days a week.

13) Completed courses are recorded in MERIT Monday through Friday, throughout the day continuously, between 8 am and 3 PM. If you complete your training in the evening or over the weekend, it will be recorded on the next business day during those hours.

14) During the last two weeks of December, expect longer processing times for enrollment and certificates due to the high volume enrollments and completed trainings during the year end rush. We recommend enrolling and completing your training prior to the end of December whenever possible.

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  • 4
    The audio is nice

    Posted by Tiffani on 26th Jan 2015

    The audio is nice. I also like the length of material on each page, it allows for a break if needed. Have a section for home daycare providers or be more inclusive in the descriptions. Help home daycare providers see how the topic relates to them as well.

  • 5
    Great course!

    Posted by Claire on 22nd Jul 2014

    The format of information was very helpful for easy reading and retention. The objectives list at the beginning and the summary at the end of the training is great for knowing what you are expected to learn and gives a review just before the test.

  • 5
    Thanks for the support.

    Posted by Tina on 14th Jul 2014

    Whenever I had a question or a problem, your help was prompt and easy to understand.

  • 4
    Very comprehensive

    Posted by Kaye on 20th Jan 2014

    Very comprehensive overview of basic business practices, and accessible approach to assessment in each area. Great deal of information, with many lists. It would be helpful to have handouts available to help with retaining specifics over the long term.