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 Development Associate (CDA) credential, 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 Diana Olson 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

The Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H)

Scholarship program and referral to the Utah Association for the Education of Young Children for support.
T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood Utah Scholarship 

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).

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

The Care About Childcare - USU Eastern Conference is an annual conference held for early childhood program providers to give training and allow providers to network, collaborate and learn current best practices.
USUE CAC Conference

UAEYC 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.
UAEYC 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 Professional Development Incentive (PDI) encourages progression along Utah’s Career Ladder by offering financial incentives to eligible youth and early learning professionals as they achieve professional development milestones.

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

CDA Rolling Cohort

Let us help you earn your Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). We will provide at no cost to you:

  • 120 training hours of CDA approved early childhood courses
  • CDA books and portfolio materials
  • Support and technical assistance
  • Assistance completing CDA Scholarship Application
How to Apply
  1. Download the fillable pdf application
  2. Fill out and save the application form
  3. Upload your application to the secure Box folder