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NACCRRA Releases Promoting Healthy Practices in Child Care Centers

October 2, 2011

Report shows significant gains for all child care providers

Arlington, VA— The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) recently released an independent evaluation of the outcomes from its online pre-service training course for center-based and family home child care providers. Findings demonstrated that entry-level child care providers gained significant knowledge and valuable professional development through each of the course’s 44 online modules.

Based on key competency areas of the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, Child Care Essentials: A Comprehensive Initial Training is a self-paced 40-hour online course which covers an extensive range of child care topics, including: preparing a secure environment for children, adapting to the unique characteristics of each child and partnering with parents. 

“NACCRRA has long advocated for a minimum 40-hour pre-service requirement for all child care providers,” said Linda K. Smith, NACCRRA’s Executive Director. “To make the training accessible to child care professionals across the country, our Child Care Aware Training Academy ™ developed a convenient and affordable learning solution that can be tailored to meet individual needs.

Between September 2010 and February 2011, more than 500 child care professionals in five states participated in a pilot of Child Care Essentials. Participants who completed the pilot phase gained the skills needed to create an inclusive, nurturing learning environment for children.  Eighty-six percent of participants found the course to be an effective learning tool for providers beginning their careers in child care and 94 percent of participants preferred the online training method as it allows for them to work at their own pace.

“Like all professions, it is extremely important that child care providers have access to training resources that will enable them to provide quality care,” Smith said. “Child Care Essentials is just one of several Training Academy courses that guide providers in creating safe havens for children and interacting with families in a constructive manner that benefits all parties involved.”

To read the complete Thorman Strategy Group evaluation, click here


NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, is our nation's leading voice for child care. We work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to high quality, affordable childcare. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. To learn more about NACCRRA and how you can join us in ensuring access to high-quality child care for all families, visit us at