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Child Care Training

The Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development of the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) provides classes throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia for child care providers. All courses for the Early Childhood and School-Age Endorsements are now available as Online Courses.

The online child care courses are available year round through CCWA. Please click on the above link for the most current listing of online courses. Your registration will take approximately 1-3 business days for processing. Once your registration has been received and processed you will have an account created and your class(es) loaded into the online learning system. You will then receive an email with the link to the online course, your username and your login.

Register Online with CCWA
or call: (804) 523-2298

You will have 30 days to complete your course and the final assessment from the date of the email. The course takes approximately 60-90 minutes to complete. You will receive 4 (four) clock hours or 0.4 CEUs of training for most online courses you complete. You will be able to print a certificate and transcript at the end of the course.

Please note that cell phones and other mobile devices are not supported or recommended for completing the online courses.

For more information, questions or support for the online courses, please contact our office 804-523-2298 Monday thru Friday between 8am – 5pm to speak with someone or email us at vdssclasses@ccwa.vccs.edu.

  • Infant and Toddler Endorsement

    The Infant and Toddler Endorsement requires completion of the following 12 classroom- based or online courses. Successful completion of each course provides 4 clock hours of training credit, with the exception of the Early Childhood Theorists course, which provides 6 clock hours of training credit. The courses can be taken in any sequence.

    • Ages and Stages of Development for Infants and Toddlers
    • Beyond Babble: Exploring Early Language Development
    • Creating an Appropriate Learning Environment for Infants and Toddlers
    • Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognition and Reporting
    • Early Childhood Theorists (Online or Independent Study)
    • Guiding the Behaviors of Infants and Toddlers
    • Health Screening for Child Care Professionals
    • Nurturing Productive Partnerships with Parents
    • Observation and Recording
    • Planning Activities for Infants and Toddlers
    • Preventing Injuries in the Child Care Environment
    • Understanding Temperaments to Help Infants and Toddlers Learn and Develop
  • Preschool Endorsement

    The Preschool Endorsement requires completion of the following 12 classroom-based or online courses. Successful completion of each course provides 4 clock hours of training credit, with the exception of the Early Childhood Theorists course, which provides 6 clock hours of training credit. The courses can be taken in any sequence.

    • Ages and Stages of Development for Preschool Children
    • Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognition and Reporting
    • Creating an Age-Appropriate Learning Environment for Preschool Children
    • Early Childhood Theorists (Online or Independent Study)
    • Exploring Brain Development
    • Guiding the Behaviors of Preschool Children
    • Health Screening for Child Care Professionals
    • Nurturing Productive Partnerships with Parents
    • Observation and Recording
    • Planning Appropriate Activities for Preschool Children
    • Preventing Injuries in the Child Care Environment
    • Reframing Discipline
  • Early Childhood Endorsement I – Creativity Series

    The Early Childhood Endorsement I requires completion of the following 13 classroom-based or online courses. Successful completion of each course provides 4 clock hours of training credit. The courses can be taken in any sequence.

    • Creative Junk for Fun and Learning
    • Facilitating Brain Development in Young Children
    • Incorporating Creativity into Early Childhood Curricula
    • Movin’ and Groovin’: Using Movement to Help Young Children Learn
    • Music in the Early Childhood Classroom
    • Observing and Recording the Creative Process in Young Children
    • Pinch, Pull, Twist, and Turn – Small Motor Development in Early Childhood
    • Promoting Creativity and Including All Children
    • Roles of Imagination, Play and Dramatic Play in Early Childhood
    • Storytelling in the Early Childhood Curriculum
    • Three-Dimensional Creative Activities for Young Children
    • Two-Dimensional Creative Activities for Young Children
    • Why is Creativity Important?
  • Early Childhood Endorsement II – Health, Safety, Nutrition Series

    The Early Childhood Endorsement II requires completion of the following 12 classroom-based or online courses. Successful completion of each course provides 4 clock hours of training credit. The courses can be taken in any sequence.

    • Chronic Health Conditions in Early Childhood
    • Controlling Communicable Illness in the Early Childhood Classroom
    • Creative, Healthy Cooking with Young Children
    • Developing Healthy Habits in Young Children
    • Ethics for Early Childhood Professionals
    • Food Safety in the Child Care Environment
    • Health Makes a Difference in Early Childhood
    • Making Meal Times Fun in the Early Childhood Classroom
    • Management of Injuries and Acute Illness in Early Childhood
    • Nutritional Guidelines in Early Childhood
    • Safety in a Quality Early Childhood Environment
    • Teaching Young Children about Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • School-Age Child Care Endorsement

    The School-Age Child Care Endorsement requires successful completion of the following 12 classroom-based or online courses. Successful completion of each course provides 4 clock hours of training credit. The courses can be taken in any sequence.

    • Ages and Stages of Development for School-Age Children 5 to 8
    • Ages and Stages of Development for School-Age Children 9 to 12
    • Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognition and Reporting for School-Age Children
    • Clubs and Special Interest Groups for School-Age Children
    • Creating Appropriate Learning Environments in School-Age Child Care
    • Guiding the Behaviors of School-Age Children
    • Health Screening for Child Care Professionals
    • Homework, Holiday and Summer Activities for School-Age Children
    • Observation and Recording of School-Age Children
    • Partnerships with Parents of School-Age Children
    • Planning Appropriate Activities for School-Age Children
    • Preventing Injuries in the School-Age Environment
  • VDSS Professional Development Catalog

    VDSS Training Catalog (pdf)

    This catalog includes:

    • Overview of Online class descriptions
    • Additional Educational Opportunities
    • Professional Development Career Lattice
  • Who Can Register For Classes

    The training is open to child care providers from:

    • Licensed child day centers
    • Religiously exempt child day centers
    • Certified preschools
    • Head Start programs
    • Licensed family day homes
    • Family day homes approved by a family day system
    • Voluntarily registered family day homes
    • Unregulated child care providers by local departments of social services
  • How to Register for Classes

    Register Online

    • Select your class(es).
    • Complete the Secure Online Registration Form and credit card payment.  You will receive an email receipt or you may print the screen at time of processing.
    • Click Submit

    Mail It In

    • Complete the Registration Form in the catalog (one per participant).
    • Mail the form with your payment made payable to:

    COMMUNITY COLLEGE WORKFORCE ALLIANCE (CCWA)
    ATTN: Child Care Classes (WDCC)
    P.O. Box 85622
    Richmond, VA 23285-5622

    • A $15 fee will be charged on checks returned for insufficient funds.

    Fax It In

    • Fax your completed Registration Form from the catalog (credit card payment information must be completed) to: 804-371-3414
  • Cancelled Classes

    Each course is offered on the condition of adequate enrollment; the CCWA reserves the right to cancel or discontinue any course because of low enrollment or for other reasons deemed sufficient. The CCWA reserves the right to make the necessary changes in this schedule that may be dictated by enrollment, personnel requirements, or availability of facilities

  • Refunds

    To withdraw from a class, you must notify CCWA in writing either by US mail or email. You may submit your refund request to vdssclasses@ccwa.vccs.edu. Refund checks come from the Virginia State Treasury office and generally will take six (6) weeks to process.

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Phone: (804) 523-CCWA or Email: vdssclasses@ccwa.vccs.edu