Professional Development

Care About Childcare - USU Eastern offers several classes for child care providers to help you receive hours for licensing requirements, work toward the Child Care Associate Credential (CDA), and achieve incentives on the Career Ladder. For detailed information on course options, Utah Career Ladder, and Professional Development Incentives, visit the Utah Registry for Professional Development.

Training Options

Child Care Quality System

Child Care Quality System (CCQS) will help parents make informed choices about the child care programs their child attends, so the program will better prepare their child for kindergarten and life. This system will also ensure government child care subsidies are supporting quality programs.
CCQS Quality Resources

The Freelance Instructor Network

Looking for a way for your staff to receive more training and Career Ladder credit hours? We have an exciting new professional development opportunity that will provide a way for programs to arrange on-site training for their staff.

In partnership with Care About Childcare, the Office of Child Care is piloting a new initiative called the Freelance Instructor Network (FIN). In this pilot, programs will be able to independently contract with an approved instructor to teach Care About Childcare courses for their employees. Programs will be able to negotiate the time and place of the training with the contracted instructor.


  1. Contact Care About Childcare at USU Eastern to request the FIN contact list for your area.
  2. Contact an instructor on the list and discuss your program's professional development needs.
  3. Independently contract with an instructor to teach a Care About Childcare course for the staff at your program.

As the Child Care Quality System (CCQS) launches, the FIN provides a new option to assist programs with meeting their professional development goals. We hope you will take advantage of this new pilot initiative if it meets your program's needs

Please contact Tandem Anderson at Care About Childcare - USU Eastern by e-mail or phone (435) 613-5620 with any questions.

Utah Department of Health Child Care Licensing

CCL Offers free training for providers and caregivers.
Childcare Licensing Training 

Additional Training Opportunities

Utah Care About Childcare

Many training opportunities. Contact Care About Childcare - USU Eastern or visit the online calendar for information.
Training Calendar & Registration 
Class Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy

Utah Approved Career Ladder Courses

Levels 1-3 and 5-8 on the Career Ladder may be earned through approved online clock hours, CEUs, or college credits pertaining to youth and early childhood care and education. Approved online courses are for clock hours, equivalencies for face-to-face Career Ladder classes, and suggested CEU options. Please Note: .1 CEUs = 1 clock hour and 3 college credit hours = 40 clock hours.
Approved Career Ladder Courses

Quorum eLearning

In these courses the participants will learn foundational skills to help them to create a classroom where each child can meet their full potential. These courses offer CEUs (Continuing Education Units) and training hours to earn or renew the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. Courses are $30 each, or there is an annual membership. Courses are 2-5 hours long. Courses are available in English and Spanish.
Quorum eLearning

Early Childhood Investigations Webinars

Early Childhood Investigations offers FREE webinars for early childhood educators. The series is produced by Engagement Strategies, LLC., and is presented by leading authors, experts, and leaders. Their goal is to allow you to participate in conference-quality training without leaving your home, classroom, or office. Most webinars are 1.5 hours, and upon completion, you can download a certificate to use towards licensing hours. You must register to access LIVE webinar (face-to-face) and/or to view PAST recordings (non face-to-face).
Early Childhood Investigations Webinars

NAFCC Training Institute Webinars

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Training Institute offers webinars on a variety of professional and business development topics. These webinars are an interactive, fun way for family child care providers to increase their business skills. These webinars are taught by Tom Copeland, the nation's leading expert on the business of family child care. He will deliver a live PowerPoint presentation and answer questions during and after the webinar. Participants will receive handouts, a copy of the PowerPoint presentation, and a certificate of training for each live webinar attended. You must register to access LIVE webinar (face-to-face) and/or to view PAST recordings (non face-to-face).
NAFCC Webinars

edWeb Webinars

edWeb is a free online community for professional educators, offering networking, resource sharing, collaboration, and professional development webinars. If you attended the live session, you’ll be emailed a CE certificate within 24 hours of the edWebinar. If you view the recording and would like a CE certificate, join the Classroom Management for Early Learning community and go to the edWebinar Archives folder to take the CE quiz.
edWeb Webinars

Prevent Child Abuse: An Online Course for Adults Working with Youth

This FREE online course teaches adults working with youth how to protect children from abuse, how to recognize signs that abuse is occurring and prevent it, how to receive abuse disclosures, and who disclosures or concerns should be reported to. It only takes 30 minutes to protect the children in your life. Certificate of completion will only be issued to the registered course participant. Make the Promise to Protect.
Prevent Child Abuse Utah

Care Courses

Distance-learning courses that come in either book format correspondence for those without computer access or online for those with a computer. Care Courses do have online and phone support.
Care Courses School Inc.

Smart Horizons

Online training for all child care providers in the State of Utah. Some community courses have been approved for Career Ladder Credit.
Smart Horizons


Care About Childcare - USU Eastern Conference on Strengthening Early Childhood Programs

"Better Together: Putting Focus on Children"

Utah Association for the Education of Young Children Utah Early Childhood Conference
Vernal, August 29, 2020
Price, September 19, 2020
Moab, September 26, 2020
CAC Conference

The Utah Association for the Education of Young Children (UAEYC) presents the Utah Early Childhood Conference. Early childhood professionals from Utah and surrounding areas gather every year to explore new ideas for creating communities where every child's potential is realized.
UAYC Conference

Career Ladder

The Professional Development Award System is a voluntary statewide professional development program for early childhood educators in a child care setting. The goal of this award is to increase the quality of child care by caregivers receiving ongoing education and training. The program also will move caregivers up on the Career Ladder and reward longevity in the field.

Eligible caregivers completing the requirements, and who maintain a minimum of 10 hours of approved training per year, will receive a yearly cash bonus. Caregivers who choose to get a Level 4 or higher, and who remain in the field for 5 years or more, will get a substantial increase in award amount.

Workforce Registry

By visiting the statewide Workforce Registry, child care providers can easily view a list of upcoming classes, see their current class schedule, get a transcript of classes they have already taken, see where they are on the Career Ladder, and check the status of their Career Ladder applications.
Utah Workforce Registry
Contact Care About Childcare-USU Eastern to get your username

Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)

The CDA is a great way for providers to take their careers to the next level. This nationally recognized certification highlights special training and qualifications for early childhood. Specializations are in the areas of family child care, infant/toddler, and preschool. Contact Care About Childcare - USU Eastern for assistance with the CDA.
CDA Council for Professional Recognition