Professional Development Opportunities

In Montana, every child caregiver must attend at least eight hours of professional development per year. The Montana Early Care and Education Career Development System approves all of Child Care Resources’ classroom workshops and online training.

Classroom Workshops

Professional Development classes are posted and promoted online and in our monthly Child Care Resources e-newsletter. Please visit our Events Calendar to see and register for our currently scheduled classes.

Online Training is a project of Child Care Resources, offering many courses in a variety of Knowledge Base areas. Online courses are approved in Montana, so you can fulfill your state required training in the comfort of your own home! We also offer a guaranteed grading time for STARS and licensing courses. Grading time is seven business days. View the online course catalog and register for a course.

CPR and First Aid

All caregivers in Montana are required to maintain current CPR and First Aid course completion or certification cards. CPR and First Aid courses are available at:

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is a widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE particularly for those who do not want to pursue higher education.

The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. The Council works to ensure that the nationally-transferable CDA is a credible and valid credential, recognized by the profession as a vital part of professional development. For more details, visit the Council for Professional Recognition website.


The best indicator of excellence is national accreditation. Child care centers are accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Family and group facilities are accredited through the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC).

For more information on NAEYC-National Association for the Education of Young, please contact professional Development Specialist at Child Care Resources.

For more information on NAFCC-National Association for Family Child Care, please contact Claudette Barber at 406.728.6446.

National accreditation standards are significantly higher than Montana’s licensing standards. Nationally accredited facilities are evaluated on several criteria, including: quality of relationships between the caregivers, the children, and their families; activities and curriculum offered