Blackstone’s Online Child Care Provider Certificate Program

The Blackstone Career Institute Child Care Provider Program discusses the fundamentals of early childhood education, the child care profession, and developmentally appropriate practices for dealing with children from birth through school age. The online program also provides instruction on office technology, English usage and written communication, time and stress management, management theory, critical thinking skills, and interpersonal communications. The online certificate program prepares the student for entry-level employment as a child day care worker and provides guidance for starting a home-based day care. Enhance your knowledge and learn how to become a child care provider with Blackstone!

Job Outlook

The demand for child care providers is on the rise as more parents enter the workforce along with the widely recognized importance for early childhood education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the demand for child care workers will continue to grow; employment in this field is expected to rise by 7% by 2026 – that is more than 84,000 additional child care positions. Job seekers who are qualified through education and training should have little trouble finding employment.

Many factors are considered when calculating salary for child care careers such as location, type of facility, ages of the children, job title, education level and years of experience. According to the 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the top ten percent of child care providers earn more than $15.25 per hour.

Student Testimonial

“As a military wife, with a job and a busy schedule, Blackstone worked perfectly for me! With Blackstone’s no chapter deadline date required completions, I was able to complete the course efficiently, but at my own pace. Sometimes that was quite quickly and sometimes at a slow and steady wins the race pace, but I did it! Had I gone with any other program, but Blackstone, I am fairly certain I would not have completed the course. Blackstone understood my life style and was built to allow me to accomplish what I wanted in a way other programs couldn’t even come close to offering me. Thank you Blackstone, for giving me a sense of accomplishment, a sense of self-worth and the opportunity to excel in this difficult job market.” – Laura, Child Care Provider

Included in Your Child Care Provider Program

Working with Young Children

This textbook, provided by Blackstone Career Institute, provides students with material that is well-known in the early childhood education field, and is the core of our online child care program. It introduces the developmental theories and techniques used by child care workers in a variety of childhood education settings. The text provides an overview of the physical, intellectual and social-emotional characteristics of young children, and then explores how to guide them through daily activities in a safe and educational manner.

No out of pocket costs. With Blackstone, all materials are included. See details below:

Working with Young Children

This textbook, provided by Blackstone Career Institute, provides students with material that is well-known in the early childhood education field, and is the core of our online child care program. It introduces the developmental theories and techniques used by child care workers in a variety of childhood education settings. The text provides an overview of the physical, intellectual and social-emotional characteristics of young children, and then explores how to guide them through daily activities in a safe and educational manner. Textbook: Working with Young Children, by Judy Herr. ISBN: 9781590708132.

How to Start a Home-Based Day-Care Business – 6th Edition

Blackstone Career Institute’s child care provider program will teach you how you can open and run your own business. This text presents useful information on how to start your own family child care, including how to balance your work life with home life and gain profitability while learning how to become a licensed child care provider. The text provides several special features, including Internet resources, and sample forms that you can easily access to get a home-based day-care business up and running. Your child care program covers how you can start and run your own business. This text presents useful information on how to start your own family child care, including how to balance your work life with home life and gain profitability. The text provides several special features, like Internet resources, and sample forms that you can really use to get a home-based day-care business up and running. Textbook: How to Start a Home-Based Day-Care Business, by Shari Smith. ISBN: 9780762760855.

Additional Blackstone Study Units

In addition to the study guides that accompany your textbooks, you will receive online access to eight more exclusive Blackstone study units that will introduce you to important topics that will make your child care program training complete and help prepare you for work in the field.

Blackstone’s Exclusive Online Typing Tutor

Whether you are a novice typist or just need to brush up on your skills and increase your speed, Blackstone’s Online Typing Tutor will help you succeed. Typing exercises are geared to the allied health student. Work at your own pace and take the online typing test when you are ready to assess your skill level.

Access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

Why Choose
Blackstone?

  • Nationally & Regionally Accredited
  • All Materials Included
  • Self Paced Program – No Deadlines
  • Affordable – Graduate Debt-Free
  • Reliable Instructor & Customer Support
  • A Proven Track Record of Student Success

Enroll for just $59 and save up to $356

At Blackstone we offer accredited, affordable and convenient online career training programs. With our low monthly payment options, 0% interest, all inclusive tuition and no hidden fees, you can graduate debt-free. Take advantage of our Tuition Assistance Payment Plan (TAPP) to earn your Child Care Provider Certificate. Save up to $356 today!

Save On Your Tuition

Start your future today

Graduate Debt – Free in a year or less

Curriculum for Blackstone’s Child Care Provider Certificate Program

Our accredited, online Child Care Provider Career Training Program is comprised of a comprehensive curriculum that covers a broad range of practical career skills. Each lesson includes challenging practice exercises to help reinforce new concepts. Learn how to become a successful Child Care Provider through Blackstone Career Institute’s renowned online certificate programs.

Program Goals and Objectives

The Child Care program prepares students for entry-level employment as a Child Care Provider.

  • Describe the development milestones of infants and children.
  • Create a safe and healthful environment for infants and children.
  • Create a variety of learning experiences for children using all of the senses.
  • Work with parents and other community resources to plan engaging curriculum.
  • Plan for the start-up and maintenance of a home-based day-care business.

curriculum

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Unit 1 - Blackstone’s Skills for Success

  • Chapter 1: Discover How You Learn
  • Chapter 2: Find a Place to Study
  • Chapter 3: Learn How to Study

Unit 2 - English Usage and Written Communication

  • Chapter 1: Parts of Speech
  • Chapter 2: Parts of a Sentence
  • Chapter 3: Pronouns, Verbs, and Agreement
  • Chapter 4: Sentence Types and Punctuation
  • Chapter 5: Written Communications

Unit 3 - Introduction to Computers, the Internet and Electronic Communication

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Computers
  • Chapter 2: The Internet, Websites and Media
  • Chapter 3: Electronic Communication

Unit 4 - Time & Stress Management

  • Chapter 1: LifeTime Patterns (Values)
  • Chapter 2: The Power of LifeTime Habits
  • Chapter 3: Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
  • Chapter 4: Choosing Your Priorities
  • Chapter 5: Planning and Scheduling Activities
  • Chapter 6: Interruptions, the #1 TimeThief
  • Chapter 7: TimeLogs
  • Chapter 8: TimeTips
  • Chapter 9: Self-Esteem and Time Management
  • Chapter 10: Stress Management

Unit 5 - Critical Thinking Skills

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Critical Thinking and the PANIC Method
  • Chapter 2: Inference and Judgment
  • Chapter 3: Metacognition
  • Chapter 4: Forming Strong Conclusions through Predicting
  • Chapter 5: Rhetorical Strategies
  • Chapter 6: Critical Theories
  • Chapter 7: Deductive Reasoning
  • Chapter 8: Emotional Intelligence and Critical Thinking

Unit 6 - Child Day Care 1

  • Chapter 1: You: Working with Young Children
  • Chapter 2: Types of Early Childhood Programs
  • Chapter 3: Observing Children: A Tool for Assessment
  • Chapter 4: Child Development Principles and Theories
  • Chapter 5: Understanding Children from Birth to Age Two
  • Chapter 6: Understanding Two- and Three-Year-Olds
  • Chapter 7: Understanding Four- and Five-Year-Olds
  • Chapter 8: Middle Childhood

Unit 7 - Child Day Care 2

  • Chapter 9: Preparing the Environment
  • Chapter 10: Selecting Toys, Equipment, and Educational Materials
  • Chapter 11: Promoting Children’s Safety
  • Chapter 12: Planning Nutritious Meals and Snacks
  • Chapter 13: Guiding Children’s Health

Unit 8 - Child Day Care 3

  • Chapter 14: Developing Guidance Skills
  • Chapter 15: Guidance Challenges
  • Chapter 16: Establishing Classroom Limits
  • Chapter 17: Handling Daily Routines

Unit 9 - Child Day Care 4

  • Chapter 18: The Curriculum
  • Chapter 19: Guiding Art, Blockbuilding, and Sensory Experiences
  • Chapter 20: Guiding Storytelling Experiences
  • Chapter 21: Guiding Play and Puppetry Experiences
  • Chapter 22: Guiding Manuscript Writing Experiences

Unit 10 - Child Day Care 5

  • Chapter 23: Guiding Math Experiences
  • Chapter 24: Guiding Science Experiences
  • Chapter 25: Guiding Social Studies Experiences
  • Chapter 26: Guiding Food and Nutrition Experiences
  • Chapter 27: Guiding Music and Movement Experiences
  • Chapter 28: Guiding Field Trip Experiences

Unit 11 - Child Day Care 6

  • Chapter 29: Programs for Infants and
  • Chapter 30: Programs for School-Age Children
  • Chapter 31: Guiding Children with Special Needs
  • Chapter 32: Involving Parents and Families
  • Chapter 33: A Career for You in Early Childhood Education

Unit 12 - Starting a Home-Based Day-Care Business 1

  • Chapter 1: Family Child Care—Is It for Me?
  • Chapter 2: Starting Out
  • Chapter 3: Policies and Procedures

Unit 13 - Starting a Home-Based Day-Care Business 2

  • Chapter 4: Your Daily Schedule
  • Chapter 5: Fun Activities for Children
  • Chapter 6: Positive Guidance Tools

Unit 14 - Starting a Home-Based Day-Care Business 3

  • Chapter 7: Back to Business
  • Chapter 8: Solving Common Problems
  • Chapter 9: Planning for the Future

Unit 15 - Management Practices & Principles

  • Chapter 1: The Supervisor: Manager and Leader
  • Chapter 2: Effective Communication
  • Chapter 3: Creating a Positive Work Climate
  • Chapter 4: Building Teams and Managing Conflict
  • Chapter 5: Delegation
  • Chapter 6: Developing Job Expectations
  • Chapter 7: Recruiting Employees
  • Chapter 8: Selecting Employees
  • Chapter 9: Orienting and Training Employees
  • Chapter 10: Performance Evaluation
  • Chapter 11: Disciplining Employees

Unit 17 - How to Find a Job in Child Day Care

  • Chapter 1: Job Search Correspondence
  • Chapter 2: The Job Search
  • Chapter 3: Job Interviews

Unit 16 - Interpersonal Communications

  • Chapter 1: Aspects of a Positive Workplace Environment
  • Chapter 2: Communication
  • Chapter 3: Diversity in the Workplace
  • Chapter 4: Team Building

Meet Your Child Care Provider Instructor

Alexandra Boyle, Child Care Consultant

CMT. AHDI-F.

Alexandra received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education from Penn State University. She was selected as the program marshal to represent the Elementary and Kindergarten education program at the Spring 2011 Penn State commencement ceremony, and graduated with highest distinction. Alexandra also acquired a minor in Special Education, which has allowed her to work with students with diverse needs. Alexandra helped co-teach a kindergarten and first grade summer program at World of Imagination Childcare center and has volunteered at Neff’s Union United Church of Christ’s children’s church and vacation bible school programs, working with children aged infant to nine. Currently, Alexandra is a 5th grade teacher in the Parkland School District.

We are here to help you

Upon enrollment in Blackstone’s Child Care Provider Program, students will receive their instructor’s information. For additional support, Our student service center is available Mon – Fri to assist students. Simply call 800.826.9228 or email info@blackstone.edu.

Included in Your Child Care Provider Program

Working with Young Children

This textbook, provided by Blackstone Career Institute, provides students with material that is well-known in the early childhood education field, and is the core of our online child care program. It introduces the developmental theories and techniques used by child care workers in a variety of childhood education settings. The text provides an overview of the physical, intellectual and social-emotional characteristics of young children, and then explores how to guide them through daily activities in a safe and educational manner.

No out of pocket costs. With Blackstone, all materials are included. See details below:

Working with Young Children

This textbook, provided by Blackstone Career Institute, provides students with material that is well-known in the early childhood education field, and is the core of our online child care program. It introduces the developmental theories and techniques used by child care workers in a variety of childhood education settings. The text provides an overview of the physical, intellectual and social-emotional characteristics of young children, and then explores how to guide them through daily activities in a safe and educational manner. Textbook: Working with Young Children, by Judy Herr. ISBN: 9781590708132.

How to Start a Home-Based Day-Care Business – 6th Edition

Blackstone Career Institute’s child care provider program will teach you how you can open and run your own business. This text presents useful information on how to start your own family child care, including how to balance your work life with home life and gain profitability while learning how to become a licensed child care provider. The text provides several special features, including Internet resources, and sample forms that you can easily access to get a home-based day-care business up and running. Your child care program covers how you can start and run your own business. This text presents useful information on how to start your own family child care, including how to balance your work life with home life and gain profitability. The text provides several special features, like Internet resources, and sample forms that you can really use to get a home-based day-care business up and running. Textbook: How to Start a Home-Based Day-Care Business, by Shari Smith. ISBN: 9780762760855.

Additional Blackstone Study Units

In addition to the study guides that accompany your textbooks, you will receive online access to eight more exclusive Blackstone study units that will introduce you to important topics that will make your child care program training complete and help prepare you for work in the field.

Blackstone’s Exclusive Online Typing Tutor

Whether you are a novice typist or just need to brush up on your skills and increase your speed, Blackstone’s Online Typing Tutor will help you succeed. Typing exercises are geared to the allied health student. Work at your own pace and take the online typing test when you are ready to assess your skill level.

Access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

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FAQ’s for Blackstone’s Child Care Provider Certificate Program

A helpful resource for students to learn more about our fantastic reputation among online child care provider training programs. Enhance your child care provider career at Blackstone Career Institute.

Is your school accredited?

Yes. Blackstone Career Institute is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), and regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Accreditation assures the public that our curriculum, faculty, administrative procedures and polices meet the accrediting agencies’ exceptionally high standards. To better understand the value of accreditation, read this document published by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

How much is tuition?

Please click here to view tuition for our Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Blackstone offers 3 affordable, interest-free payment plan options but is not a Title 1V school that accepts FAFSA or Pell Grants. Students may also apply for tuition reimbursement from their employer, or check with their State and Local Assistance. Learn more here

Can I use my Military Benefits?

Yes! BCI takes the confusion out of understanding military education benefits. Blackstone is proud to be named on a National list of Military Friendly Schools. With our career programs being approved by both the Department of Veterans Affairs, and The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA), Blackstone ensures you receive the benefits for which you are eligible. Learn more here

What are BCI’s Admission Requirements?

Enrolling at Blackstone is easy, with our open enrollment you can enroll anytime. To qualify, a high school diploma or an equivalent along with access to a Microsoft Windows compatible PC or MAC with Internet access is needed. All applicants must complete our Enrollment Agreement along with the required down payment for processing. Applications will be processed only if they are accompanied with the required payment. If you have any questions, please contact our friendly Student Services staff toll-free at 800-826-9228.

How do I enroll?

Students can enroll anytime from our website by clicking here or calling our student service center Mon – Thurs from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM EST at 800.826.9228. Blackstone has open-enrollment, so students can enroll in our online certificate programs anytime, 24/7/365.

Are there physical textbooks included in the program?

As an online school, our courses use e-books for convenience of studying on the go and to allow us to keep tuition costs down. We do provide the ISBN information for each e-book under the materials tab. Students who wish to purchase a physical copy of the e-book can simply use the ISBN number provided on our website to purchase the book through a third party like amazon or chegg.com.

How do course materials release online?

Students who pay in full for their program will have access to all of their materials once enrolled. Students who enroll under a monthly payment plan will have access to a new unit every month upon making their monthly payment.

What is the average completion time for students in the Child Care Provider program?

One of the major advantages in taking Blackstone’s Child Care Provider Certificate program is that students can work at their own pace. Many students complete the online certificate program in 8 -12 months. Students have up to 24 months from their enrollment date to complete and graduate from their program.

Who is the instructor for the course?

The instructor for our Child Care Provider Certificate program is Alexandra Boyle. To learn more about Alexandra, please click here. Students with any curriculum questions can send their inquiries to instructor@blackstone.edu .

Who do I contact if I need help?

For curriculum questions, contact our Education Department by sending an e-mail to instructor@blackstone.edu, for additional questions regarding our online certificate programs, email student services at info@blackstone.edu.

Will credits transfer to a college or university after I graduate?

Blackstone’s online certificate programs are designed to prepare students for entry-level careers. While some schools may accept credits from Blackstone, it is at the discretion of the receiving school. Simply check with the school’s admissions office.

Do you provide job placement?

As a true distance education school, we are unable to provide job placement. We do feel confident that our online certificate programs provide the education needed to qualify for entry-level employment. Our Career Center offers students and graduates resources to search for successful employment.

Where can I expect to find a job as a Medical Office Assistant?

Those working in child care careers can utilize their skills in three main settings—as private household workers, like nannies or au pairs, who provide care in a child’s home; family child care providers, who provide care in their own homes; and child care workers who are employed at child care centers, including preschools and Head Start programs. Some child care providers choose to be self-employed, starting their own in-home day care business. Enhance your career as a child care provider today through Blackstone Career Institute’s online certificate program. Contact us today to learn how to become a child care provider.

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Speak with a student advisor today! We are available Mon – Thurs from 8:30 – 4:30 EST.

Overview

Blackstone’s Online Child Care Provider Certificate Program

The Blackstone Career Institute Child Care Provider Program discusses the fundamentals of early childhood education, the child care profession, and developmentally appropriate practices for dealing with children from birth through school age. The online program also provides instruction on office technology, English usage and written communication, time and stress management, management theory, critical thinking skills, and interpersonal communications. The online certificate program prepares the student for entry-level employment as a child day care worker and provides guidance for starting a home-based day care. Enhance your knowledge and learn how to become a child care provider with Blackstone!

Job Outlook

The demand for child care providers is on the rise as more parents enter the workforce along with the widely recognized importance for early childhood education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the demand for child care workers will continue to grow; employment in this field is expected to rise by 7% by 2026 – that is more than 84,000 additional child care positions. Job seekers who are qualified through education and training should have little trouble finding employment.

Many factors are considered when calculating salary for child care careers such as location, type of facility, ages of the children, job title, education level and years of experience. According to the 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the top ten percent of child care providers earn more than $15.25 per hour.

Student Testimonial

“As a military wife, with a job and a busy schedule, Blackstone worked perfectly for me! With Blackstone’s no chapter deadline date required completions, I was able to complete the course efficiently, but at my own pace. Sometimes that was quite quickly and sometimes at a slow and steady wins the race pace, but I did it! Had I gone with any other program, but Blackstone, I am fairly certain I would not have completed the course. Blackstone understood my life style and was built to allow me to accomplish what I wanted in a way other programs couldn’t even come close to offering me. Thank you Blackstone, for giving me a sense of accomplishment, a sense of self-worth and the opportunity to excel in this difficult job market.” – Laura, Child Care Provider

Included in Your Child Care Provider Program

Working with Young Children

This textbook, provided by Blackstone Career Institute, provides students with material that is well-known in the early childhood education field, and is the core of our online child care program. It introduces the developmental theories and techniques used by child care workers in a variety of childhood education settings. The text provides an overview of the physical, intellectual and social-emotional characteristics of young children, and then explores how to guide them through daily activities in a safe and educational manner.

No out of pocket costs. With Blackstone, all materials are included. See details below:

Working with Young Children

This textbook, provided by Blackstone Career Institute, provides students with material that is well-known in the early childhood education field, and is the core of our online child care program. It introduces the developmental theories and techniques used by child care workers in a variety of childhood education settings. The text provides an overview of the physical, intellectual and social-emotional characteristics of young children, and then explores how to guide them through daily activities in a safe and educational manner. Textbook: Working with Young Children, by Judy Herr. ISBN: 9781590708132.

How to Start a Home-Based Day-Care Business – 6th Edition

Blackstone Career Institute’s child care provider program will teach you how you can open and run your own business. This text presents useful information on how to start your own family child care, including how to balance your work life with home life and gain profitability while learning how to become a licensed child care provider. The text provides several special features, including Internet resources, and sample forms that you can easily access to get a home-based day-care business up and running. Your child care program covers how you can start and run your own business. This text presents useful information on how to start your own family child care, including how to balance your work life with home life and gain profitability. The text provides several special features, like Internet resources, and sample forms that you can really use to get a home-based day-care business up and running. Textbook: How to Start a Home-Based Day-Care Business, by Shari Smith. ISBN: 9780762760855.

Additional Blackstone Study Units

In addition to the study guides that accompany your textbooks, you will receive online access to eight more exclusive Blackstone study units that will introduce you to important topics that will make your child care program training complete and help prepare you for work in the field.

Blackstone’s Exclusive Online Typing Tutor

Whether you are a novice typist or just need to brush up on your skills and increase your speed, Blackstone’s Online Typing Tutor will help you succeed. Typing exercises are geared to the allied health student. Work at your own pace and take the online typing test when you are ready to assess your skill level.

Access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

Why Choose
Blackstone?

  • Nationally & Regionally Accredited
  • All Materials Included
  • Self Paced Program – No Deadlines
  • Affordable – Graduate Debt-Free
  • Reliable Instructor & Customer Support
  • A Proven Track Record of Student Success

Enroll for just $59 and save up to $356

At Blackstone we offer accredited, affordable and convenient online career training programs. With our low monthly payment options, 0% interest, all inclusive tuition and no hidden fees, you can graduate debt-free. Take advantage of our Tuition Assistance Payment Plan (TAPP) to earn your Child Care Provider Certificate. Save up to $356 today!

Save On Your Tuition

Start your future today

Graduate Debt – Free in a year or less

Program Details

Curriculum for Blackstone’s Child Care Provider Certificate Program

Our accredited, online Child Care Provider Career Training Program is comprised of a comprehensive curriculum that covers a broad range of practical career skills. Each lesson includes challenging practice exercises to help reinforce new concepts. Learn how to become a successful Child Care Provider through Blackstone Career Institute’s renowned online certificate programs.

Program Goals and Objectives

The Child Care program prepares students for entry-level employment as a Child Care Provider.

  • Describe the development milestones of infants and children.
  • Create a safe and healthful environment for infants and children.
  • Create a variety of learning experiences for children using all of the senses.
  • Work with parents and other community resources to plan engaging curriculum.
  • Plan for the start-up and maintenance of a home-based day-care business.

curriculum

Expand All +

Unit 1 - Blackstone’s Skills for Success

  • Chapter 1: Discover How You Learn
  • Chapter 2: Find a Place to Study
  • Chapter 3: Learn How to Study

Unit 2 - English Usage and Written Communication

  • Chapter 1: Parts of Speech
  • Chapter 2: Parts of a Sentence
  • Chapter 3: Pronouns, Verbs, and Agreement
  • Chapter 4: Sentence Types and Punctuation
  • Chapter 5: Written Communications

Unit 3 - Introduction to Computers, the Internet and Electronic Communication

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Computers
  • Chapter 2: The Internet, Websites and Media
  • Chapter 3: Electronic Communication

Unit 4 - Time & Stress Management

  • Chapter 1: LifeTime Patterns (Values)
  • Chapter 2: The Power of LifeTime Habits
  • Chapter 3: Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
  • Chapter 4: Choosing Your Priorities
  • Chapter 5: Planning and Scheduling Activities
  • Chapter 6: Interruptions, the #1 TimeThief
  • Chapter 7: TimeLogs
  • Chapter 8: TimeTips
  • Chapter 9: Self-Esteem and Time Management
  • Chapter 10: Stress Management

Unit 5 - Critical Thinking Skills

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Critical Thinking and the PANIC Method
  • Chapter 2: Inference and Judgment
  • Chapter 3: Metacognition
  • Chapter 4: Forming Strong Conclusions through Predicting
  • Chapter 5: Rhetorical Strategies
  • Chapter 6: Critical Theories
  • Chapter 7: Deductive Reasoning
  • Chapter 8: Emotional Intelligence and Critical Thinking

Unit 6 - Child Day Care 1

  • Chapter 1: You: Working with Young Children
  • Chapter 2: Types of Early Childhood Programs
  • Chapter 3: Observing Children: A Tool for Assessment
  • Chapter 4: Child Development Principles and Theories
  • Chapter 5: Understanding Children from Birth to Age Two
  • Chapter 6: Understanding Two- and Three-Year-Olds
  • Chapter 7: Understanding Four- and Five-Year-Olds
  • Chapter 8: Middle Childhood

Unit 7 - Child Day Care 2

  • Chapter 9: Preparing the Environment
  • Chapter 10: Selecting Toys, Equipment, and Educational Materials
  • Chapter 11: Promoting Children’s Safety
  • Chapter 12: Planning Nutritious Meals and Snacks
  • Chapter 13: Guiding Children’s Health

Unit 8 - Child Day Care 3

  • Chapter 14: Developing Guidance Skills
  • Chapter 15: Guidance Challenges
  • Chapter 16: Establishing Classroom Limits
  • Chapter 17: Handling Daily Routines

Unit 9 - Child Day Care 4

  • Chapter 18: The Curriculum
  • Chapter 19: Guiding Art, Blockbuilding, and Sensory Experiences
  • Chapter 20: Guiding Storytelling Experiences
  • Chapter 21: Guiding Play and Puppetry Experiences
  • Chapter 22: Guiding Manuscript Writing Experiences

Unit 10 - Child Day Care 5

  • Chapter 23: Guiding Math Experiences
  • Chapter 24: Guiding Science Experiences
  • Chapter 25: Guiding Social Studies Experiences
  • Chapter 26: Guiding Food and Nutrition Experiences
  • Chapter 27: Guiding Music and Movement Experiences
  • Chapter 28: Guiding Field Trip Experiences

Unit 11 - Child Day Care 6

  • Chapter 29: Programs for Infants and
  • Chapter 30: Programs for School-Age Children
  • Chapter 31: Guiding Children with Special Needs
  • Chapter 32: Involving Parents and Families
  • Chapter 33: A Career for You in Early Childhood Education

Unit 12 - Starting a Home-Based Day-Care Business 1

  • Chapter 1: Family Child Care—Is It for Me?
  • Chapter 2: Starting Out
  • Chapter 3: Policies and Procedures

Unit 13 - Starting a Home-Based Day-Care Business 2

  • Chapter 4: Your Daily Schedule
  • Chapter 5: Fun Activities for Children
  • Chapter 6: Positive Guidance Tools

Unit 14 - Starting a Home-Based Day-Care Business 3

  • Chapter 7: Back to Business
  • Chapter 8: Solving Common Problems
  • Chapter 9: Planning for the Future

Unit 15 - Management Practices & Principles

  • Chapter 1: The Supervisor: Manager and Leader
  • Chapter 2: Effective Communication
  • Chapter 3: Creating a Positive Work Climate
  • Chapter 4: Building Teams and Managing Conflict
  • Chapter 5: Delegation
  • Chapter 6: Developing Job Expectations
  • Chapter 7: Recruiting Employees
  • Chapter 8: Selecting Employees
  • Chapter 9: Orienting and Training Employees
  • Chapter 10: Performance Evaluation
  • Chapter 11: Disciplining Employees

Unit 17 - How to Find a Job in Child Day Care

  • Chapter 1: Job Search Correspondence
  • Chapter 2: The Job Search
  • Chapter 3: Job Interviews

Unit 16 - Interpersonal Communications

  • Chapter 1: Aspects of a Positive Workplace Environment
  • Chapter 2: Communication
  • Chapter 3: Diversity in the Workplace
  • Chapter 4: Team Building

Meet Your Child Care Provider Instructor

Alexandra Boyle, Child Care Consultant

CMT. AHDI-F.

Alexandra received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education from Penn State University. She was selected as the program marshal to represent the Elementary and Kindergarten education program at the Spring 2011 Penn State commencement ceremony, and graduated with highest distinction. Alexandra also acquired a minor in Special Education, which has allowed her to work with students with diverse needs. Alexandra helped co-teach a kindergarten and first grade summer program at World of Imagination Childcare center and has volunteered at Neff’s Union United Church of Christ’s children’s church and vacation bible school programs, working with children aged infant to nine. Currently, Alexandra is a 5th grade teacher in the Parkland School District.

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Upon enrollment in Blackstone’s Child Care Provider Program, students will receive their instructor’s information. For additional support, Our student service center is available Mon – Fri to assist students. Simply call 800.826.9228 or email info@blackstone.edu.

Included in Your Child Care Provider Program

Working with Young Children

This textbook, provided by Blackstone Career Institute, provides students with material that is well-known in the early childhood education field, and is the core of our online child care program. It introduces the developmental theories and techniques used by child care workers in a variety of childhood education settings. The text provides an overview of the physical, intellectual and social-emotional characteristics of young children, and then explores how to guide them through daily activities in a safe and educational manner.

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Working with Young Children

This textbook, provided by Blackstone Career Institute, provides students with material that is well-known in the early childhood education field, and is the core of our online child care program. It introduces the developmental theories and techniques used by child care workers in a variety of childhood education settings. The text provides an overview of the physical, intellectual and social-emotional characteristics of young children, and then explores how to guide them through daily activities in a safe and educational manner. Textbook: Working with Young Children, by Judy Herr. ISBN: 9781590708132.

How to Start a Home-Based Day-Care Business – 6th Edition

Blackstone Career Institute’s child care provider program will teach you how you can open and run your own business. This text presents useful information on how to start your own family child care, including how to balance your work life with home life and gain profitability while learning how to become a licensed child care provider. The text provides several special features, including Internet resources, and sample forms that you can easily access to get a home-based day-care business up and running. Your child care program covers how you can start and run your own business. This text presents useful information on how to start your own family child care, including how to balance your work life with home life and gain profitability. The text provides several special features, like Internet resources, and sample forms that you can really use to get a home-based day-care business up and running. Textbook: How to Start a Home-Based Day-Care Business, by Shari Smith. ISBN: 9780762760855.

Additional Blackstone Study Units

In addition to the study guides that accompany your textbooks, you will receive online access to eight more exclusive Blackstone study units that will introduce you to important topics that will make your child care program training complete and help prepare you for work in the field.

Blackstone’s Exclusive Online Typing Tutor

Whether you are a novice typist or just need to brush up on your skills and increase your speed, Blackstone’s Online Typing Tutor will help you succeed. Typing exercises are geared to the allied health student. Work at your own pace and take the online typing test when you are ready to assess your skill level.

Access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

Child Care Provider Resources

Network and enhance your professional knowledge. Find sites and organizations that specifically relate to Child Care Provider careers. Learn how to become a Child Care Provider today!

State Licensure

It is important to check with the state licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state you plan to work in

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Tuition

Child Care Provider Tuition Rates

Blackstone Career Institute makes it easy for you to receive a quality online education at an affordable rate. Everything you need to complete your Child Care Provider Certificate training is included in your tuition. Choose the payment plan that works best for you and learn how to become a Child Care Provider with Blackstone Career Institute today!

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FAQ’S

FAQ’s for Blackstone’s Child Care Provider Certificate Program

A helpful resource for students to learn more about our fantastic reputation among online child care provider training programs. Enhance your child care provider career at Blackstone Career Institute.

Is your school accredited?

Yes. Blackstone Career Institute is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), and regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Accreditation assures the public that our curriculum, faculty, administrative procedures and polices meet the accrediting agencies’ exceptionally high standards. To better understand the value of accreditation, read this document published by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

How much is tuition?

Please click here to view tuition for our Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Blackstone offers 3 affordable, interest-free payment plan options but is not a Title 1V school that accepts FAFSA or Pell Grants. Students may also apply for tuition reimbursement from their employer, or check with their State and Local Assistance. Learn more here

Can I use my Military Benefits?

Yes! BCI takes the confusion out of understanding military education benefits. Blackstone is proud to be named on a National list of Military Friendly Schools. With our career programs being approved by both the Department of Veterans Affairs, and The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA), Blackstone ensures you receive the benefits for which you are eligible. Learn more here

What are BCI’s Admission Requirements?

Enrolling at Blackstone is easy, with our open enrollment you can enroll anytime. To qualify, a high school diploma or an equivalent along with access to a Microsoft Windows compatible PC or MAC with Internet access is needed. All applicants must complete our Enrollment Agreement along with the required down payment for processing. Applications will be processed only if they are accompanied with the required payment. If you have any questions, please contact our friendly Student Services staff toll-free at 800-826-9228.

How do I enroll?

Students can enroll anytime from our website by clicking here or calling our student service center Mon – Thurs from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM EST at 800.826.9228. Blackstone has open-enrollment, so students can enroll in our online certificate programs anytime, 24/7/365.

Are there physical textbooks included in the program?

As an online school, our courses use e-books for convenience of studying on the go and to allow us to keep tuition costs down. We do provide the ISBN information for each e-book under the materials tab. Students who wish to purchase a physical copy of the e-book can simply use the ISBN number provided on our website to purchase the book through a third party like amazon or chegg.com.

How do course materials release online?

Students who pay in full for their program will have access to all of their materials once enrolled. Students who enroll under a monthly payment plan will have access to a new unit every month upon making their monthly payment.

What is the average completion time for students in the Child Care Provider program?

One of the major advantages in taking Blackstone’s Child Care Provider Certificate program is that students can work at their own pace. Many students complete the online certificate program in 8 -12 months. Students have up to 24 months from their enrollment date to complete and graduate from their program.

Who is the instructor for the course?

The instructor for our Child Care Provider Certificate program is Alexandra Boyle. To learn more about Alexandra, please click here. Students with any curriculum questions can send their inquiries to instructor@blackstone.edu .

Who do I contact if I need help?

For curriculum questions, contact our Education Department by sending an e-mail to instructor@blackstone.edu, for additional questions regarding our online certificate programs, email student services at info@blackstone.edu.

Will credits transfer to a college or university after I graduate?

Blackstone’s online certificate programs are designed to prepare students for entry-level careers. While some schools may accept credits from Blackstone, it is at the discretion of the receiving school. Simply check with the school’s admissions office.

Do you provide job placement?

As a true distance education school, we are unable to provide job placement. We do feel confident that our online certificate programs provide the education needed to qualify for entry-level employment. Our Career Center offers students and graduates resources to search for successful employment.

Where can I expect to find a job as a Medical Office Assistant?

Those working in child care careers can utilize their skills in three main settings—as private household workers, like nannies or au pairs, who provide care in a child’s home; family child care providers, who provide care in their own homes; and child care workers who are employed at child care centers, including preschools and Head Start programs. Some child care providers choose to be self-employed, starting their own in-home day care business. Enhance your career as a child care provider today through Blackstone Career Institute’s online certificate program. Contact us today to learn how to become a child care provider.

Still have questions?

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