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Classes & Coursework

Classes & Coursework

Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas offers classes to assist you in meeting your licensing requirements and beyond. If you are new to the child care profession (staff or program), click here and select the "Starting a Child Care Business" tab. Required classes, additional information and helpful links can be found in this section.

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Class Calendar & Policies

Click here to view our Class Calendar and register for your classes online!

Please note that classes are tailored for specific audiences. Please reference the following audience key when selecting a class. 

Approved Audience Key: 

  • All (A)
  • Directors (D)
  • Family Child Care (F)
  • Infant (I)
  • Toddler (T)
  • Licensing Surveyor or Regulatory Staff (L)
  • Preschool (P)
  • School-Age (S)
  • Youth (Y)
  • Other (O)
  • Appropriate for Parents (*)

Registration for professional development events occurring on a weekday ends at noon the business day prior to the scheduled class' date. Registration for professional development events occurring on a Saturday ends at 8 a.m. the Friday before the class is scheduled.

To view all of the Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas professional development policies and a printable registration form, click here.

Online Learning

Our online courses are instructor-led, but allow for flexible schedules and participation within the course time frame. We use discussion boards, videos, images, self-evaluation tools and action plans to make our online learning fun and a great way to connect with other early childhood professionals without having to leave your home or office! Our classes usually run one week and award 3 hours of in-service credit. If you are new to online learning, don’t worry – we will help! Below is a list of some of the online classes we offer:

  • The Journey to Independence: Applying Child Development in Daily Practice
  • Teaching Critical Thinking Skills Through Loose Materials
  • Beyond the Book Nook: Creating a Literacy Rich Environment
  • Growing Engineers: How to Teach Beginning Engineering Concepts Through Block Play
  • Lesson Planning Made Easy        
  • The Artful Room – Supporting and Displaying Children’s Art
  • Positive Play – Strategies to Support Positive Interactions Among Children
  • Director’s Toolbox: Connecting Your Team to Curriculum Goals
  • Director’s  Toolbox: Conflict in the Workplace

Click here to visit our online Class Calendar to see which online classes are coming up!

Child Care Aware® of Kansas Online Learning

Child Care Aware® of Kansas offers affordable, self-paced online classes that you can begin at any time and access 24/7. A variety of classes are available – from 2 hour classes, to 45 hour modules to renew your CDA, or even 120 hour modules to complete your first CDA (Child Development Associate). Classes are also available in Spanish!

  • To see class options and to register, click here.

First Aid & CPR Trainings

  • Lori Steelman – Visit our Class Calendar or call 785-217-4513. If you are located outside of Shawnee County and are interested in having Lori come to your community for a training, please contact her at 785-217-4513. Lori's classes are sponsored by Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas. 
  • Child Care Aware® of Kansas – Call 855-750-3343 or click here to visit their training calendar.
  • Safety Training Solutions (Shawnee, Geary & Riley Counties) – Click here to visit their website and to view the class schedule.
  • CPR & First Aid by Tina (Northeast Kansas) – Call 785-221-3609 for a class schedule.
  • Connect Care (Douglas County) – Click here to visit their website and to view the class schedule.
  • CPR 4 You LLC (Douglas County) – Click here to visit their website and to view the class schedule.
  • DCCCA (Douglas & Shawnee Counties) – Call 785-841-4138 for a class schedule.
  • Tanisha Troutt (Southeast Kansas) – Call 620-875-9360 for a class schedule.
  • Cynthia Bradley & Pershaun Hendricks (Topeka & Surrounding within 1 hour) – Call 785-580-3846 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
  • Lela Smith (Northeast Kansas) – Call 785-249-0677 for a class schedule. (CPR & First Aid instructor through EMS.)

Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas does not endorse the above services with the exception of our partnership with Lori Steelman.

KSMO Core Competencies

The Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals in Kansas and Missouri detail what professionals who work with young children and families need to know and are able to do to provide quality early care and education. Click here to view a PDF of the latest edition of the Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals in Kansas and Missouri.

Inside, you will find an introduction that provides background information about what Core Competencies are and why they are important. Following the introduction are the competencies themselves. They are divided into eight content areas, colored coded in this document for easy use. Each of the eight areas contains five levels that range from the skills and knowledge an entry level professional needs to know, to the more advanced skills and knowledge possessed by someone with an advanced degree.

Furthering Your Professional Development

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement. There are many benefits of earning the CDA including:

  • Advance your career.
  • Meet job requirements.
  • Reinforce your commitment to early childhood education.
  • Provide parents with peace of mind.
  • Understand developmentally appropriate practice.
  • Increase your confidence.

For more information about the CDA, go to

Accreditation is a stamp of quality that means a program meets nationally recognized guidelines for high-quality early care and education. Child care centers may be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Family child care providers may be accredited through the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). School-age programs may be accredited through the Council of Accreditation (COA). For more information about the accreditation process, visit the links below:

Director Credential
The Kansas Early Childhood Director Credential, issued by the Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children (KSAEYC), provides directors with a pathway to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to be successful in the early learning industry. It also provides a system to recognize and document these achievements. For more information, click here.

College Coursework
View the Directory of Kansas Community Colleges Early Childhood Programs PDF for a list of colleges with early childhood programs. The directory contains each college’s contact information, program information and more.

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