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Can you take a child care class online?

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Fully credentialed child care classes are offered through many schools and private organizations online. Many online training classes offer a full curriculum that includes early childhood education specifics as well as basic child care health and safety. Cost and time commitment vary depending on the provider.

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Online child care classes are available from a wide array of public schools as well as private educational companies. The American Red Cross offers an advanced child care training course designed for children aged 10 and younger. A portion of the course is online using simulation learning practices, but also requires some classroom training.

Many of the online schools supply books and course materials along with video lectures. The number of hours can be used to qualify for Child Development Associate Credentials as well as credential renewal.

It is important when picking an online school to learn if there are particular license requirements for a state. Check with the school to see if it offers a state specific program.

Other options for online programs are by "Clock Hours." Forty hours are required to qualify for a credential. Specially designed "Clock Hours" are organized by topic and the required number of hours of each class that makes up the completed course. Students have the option of selecting from several different classes within the various time slots.

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