Pursue a Career in Child Care

Learn the skills that will help you prepare for a variety of careers working with children, such as Teacher Aide, Preschool Aide, in-home Child Care Provider or Nanny — just to name a few. You can take your child care classes online and study where and when you want, at your own pace. Designed to help you prepare for credentialing, our affordable training program can fulfill both the educational and professional work experience component needed to apply for your CDA Credential.
Why Become a Child Care Professional?
Overall job opportunities for childcare workers are expected to be favorable with employment of child care workers expected to grow 2% in the coming years — that's over 27,000 new child care jobs!¹ Now is a great time to learn the skills that will help you take the first step towards a rewarding career in child care.
Child Care worker with children

Why Choose Penn Foster Career School?

Start and Study When You Want
Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal, available 24/7.
Dedicated Success Coaches
A Committed Support System
While you can study at home, you're not alone! Our dedicated Student Services Department, Student Community, and instructors are just a call or email away.
Curriculum for Success
Curriculum for Success
Get the skills and knowledge to help you prepare for a career as a Child Care Professional.​
Self paced
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.​
Proven Reputation
With 58,000 + graduates in 2019 from our accredited high school, career school, and college, you're in good hands!
Connect with Other Students
Connect in real-time with other Child Care Professional students in the Penn Foster Community.

Work Experience Option

As part of our Child Care Professional program, we offer a work experience option where you can gain practical experience working with children in licensed child care environments. Penn Foster Career School is an official partner of Bright Horizons Family Solutions and The Learning Care Group. Through our partnerships, you may be able to be placed in a Bright Horizons or in a center under The Learning Care Group's family of brands near you for the optional work experience portion at the end of your program.
Bright Horizons Family Solutions and The Learning Care Group
Student Experience

A Customized Learning Experience

With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, and informative videos to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.

Child Care Professional Course Details

Our Child Care Professional Program includes child development online classes as well as courses in curriculum and lesson planning, and health, safety, and nutrition.

The program also offers two specializations for you to choose from — family home-based child care or center-based child care. The choice of specialization courses allows you to receive concentrated training for the area of employment you want to pursue in the early childhood care industry.
Penn Foster Curriculum

Important State Requirements: Be sure to check here for the requirements in your state.


With flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started on your Child Care Professional training online today.
  • I liked that you could move at your own pace during the program. Everyone should be entitled to learn at their own comfort pace, Penn Foster agrees with that. They really help you with anything you may be dealing with and the lessons are very clear and give you a very in-depth understanding of the lessons.
    Serena H.
    Penn Foster Graduate
  • I have recommended Penn Foster to many friends. It is an affordable way to get the diploma needed for your desired career choice.
    Ruth U.
    Penn Foster Graduate
Where Can I Get a Job as an Child Care Professional?
Child care professionals work in a variety of settings under numerous job titles. Some of the most popular places where child care professionals work are in child care centers, elementary schools, private households, and many are self-employed. Some potential positions that you could pursue are: child care aide, child caregiver, teacher aide, nursery school aide/helper, and au pair.
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Get started today on your path towards helping children as a child care professional with Penn Foster Career School’s accredited, online program.

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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Childcare Workers, on the Internet here (visited June 07, 2020). Statistics found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are based on national data, so job growth in your area may be different.