Assessing Child Care Programs

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Assessing Child Care Programs

2 hours / .2 CEU

Tuition:  $21.00

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In-Service Training Course Code:  ECE 0302

CDA Competency: Effective Program Operation [2 hours / .2 CEU]

Washington STARS Credit: Administration [2 hours]

Washington Core Competency:  Content Area 7 - Program Planning & Development  [2 hours]

>  Early Care & Education Professionals [2 hours] 

>  School-Age Professionals  [2 hours] 

Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Program Management [2 hours]


Training Session Title: Assessing Child Care Programs

Training Type: Annual Continuing Education Training

Delivery Method: Online

Cost: $21.00 fixed

Session Length: 2 hours

Amount: $21.00

Session Level: 

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

Language(s) used in training: English

Content Focus Group:

  • Preschool-Age Children
  • Pre-Kindergarten Children
  • School-Age Children
  • Toddlers
  • Infants

 Training Methods:

  • Audio-video with facilitation
  • Independent study with supervision 

Description of Training Session:

Child care centers are responsible for guiding children’s development and preparing them for school. While doing this, they must keep children safe from harm. This course discusses assessing the safety and design of the physical environment at child care facilities, as well as assessment of curriculum and staff qualifications. Periodic assessments of the physical child care environment, staff qualifications, and curricula and programs implemented at the facility are necessary to ensure that the children are receiving the best care and educational guidance possible. Promoting positive relationships with families and community members is also addressed.

Learning Objectives: 

  • RECALL how to perform an assessment.
  • RECALL what to review when assessing the safety and design of the physical environment where child care occurs.
  • RECALL what to consider when assessing curriculum at a child care center.
  • RECALL types of activities and instruction to include in an effective child care center curriculum.
  • RECALL characteristics of effective curriculum.
  • RECALL what to consider when assessing child care staff members’ qualifications and professional development.
  • RECALL what to consider when assessing child care staff members’ knowledge and abilities.

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.


  • Introduction
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Assessing the Physical Child Care Environment
  • Assessing Early Childhood Education and Development
  • Assessing Child Care Staff Members
  • Summary
  • End of Lesson Test  


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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.

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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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  • 5
    I really enjoyed it.

    Posted by Michelle on 15th Jan 2015

    Online was best. The format was clear and able to pick up where I may of had to leave.