The Child Care Administration Program

Learn everything you need to earn your Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials. (And start a fun new career working with kids.)

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A Tiny Investment for Infinite Success

You’re busy. You’ve got bills to pay. And you need stability. With one small investment in our child care administration certificate program, you could find the peace of mind, salary, and job satisfaction you’ve been looking for. And guess what? You could have it all in just a few short months.

  • 350 Hours of Study

  • 4 Month Program Completion Time

  • $47,940 Average Annual Salary*

  • 7% Predicted Job-Growth Rate Through 2028*

This Could Be the Perfect Job for You

Do you love children and want to make a difference in little lives? Then you’ll make a great child care administrator!

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6 Reasons to Complete Your Child Care Administrator Training With CareerStep

Learn on your terms.

24/7 online access means you can learn when and where you want, and fit study time into your schedule.

Receive coaching and guidance.

Our child care administration training is online, but you’re never alone. Real people support you every step of the way via phone, live chat, and email.

Get job-hunting help.

We help turn your training into a job (and paycheck) with complimentary job search advice, resume reviews, and interview tutorials.

Start working soon.

You can complete your training and be employment ready in as little as 16 weeks of full-time study. (But, take up to one year if you prefer.)

Love what you do.

It’s noble and impactful work; helping kids get off to a good start in education, socialization, and life.

Work from home.

Flexible career options include at-home possibilities as well as child care centers, preschools, elite nanny services, and more.


1. Start today.

Begin your training (and transformation) right now.


2. Finish fast.

Complete your training in record-time.


3. Get hired.

With community support and interview training.

Ready to Dive In?

Register online now to enroll in the Child Care Administration program.

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Program Overview

Our child care administration course online was built with two simple goals in mind: adapt to you and help you succeed. (So yep, you can totally do this.)

  • 24/7 Online Access
  • 100% Flexible
  • 1:1 (Human) Support
  • 4-month Completion
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What You'll Learn

Soon you’ll know all this stuff—inside out. Our child care administration course online gives you everything you need to get certified and start working quickly (and confidently).

Child Development & Education

Know the latest philosophies, systems, best practices, and different approaches to caring for and teaching kids.

Safety, Health & Nutrition

Provide impeccable care through compliance with safety regulations and codes, food guidelines, background checks, and more.

Parent & People Skills

Develop winning relationships with families and create happy customers, kids, and employees.

Child Care Center Management

Understand the business side of child care from managing programs, facilities, and budgets to marketing your services.

Your Questions—Answered

The VIP that manages the business and finances of child care facilities. The person who supervises and provides training for child care workers. The one who ultimately ensures the facility's safe, happy, profitable operation.

The child care administration job description is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where kids can thrive. You’re responsible for everything that takes place within child care facilities or preschools. A day in your new life may include working with kids, developing programs and policies, ensuring regulatory compliance, and hiring and training staff.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary for preschool and childcare center directors is $47,940. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,900, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $83,730.*

No specific skills or experience are required. Just be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate. Optionally, you can pass the CareerStep Pre-Training Assessment Test. Complete your child care administration course online with CareerStep and pass the Child Development Associate (CDA) certification exam. You also need to demonstrate 480 hours of experience working with children. Your past or current child care work experience may count.

There’s need right now nationwide for quality child care. Plus, nearly 28,000 new child care jobs are expected to become available over the next few years.* Best of all it’s a highly flexible career option with at-home and part-time possibilities. You can work for a child care center or preschool. Or you can own and operate your own facility. In fact, 25% of child care administrators are self-employed.

Training People Trust

Get Trained. Get Hired.

This program includes unparalleled training, career support, and coaching. It’s a faster, cheaper alternative to traditional schooling.

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Make Small, Easy Payments

We’re flexible and totally committed to working with you to find affordable down and monthly payments.

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Let the Government Pay Your Way

My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) funds for military spouses are available now and may cover up to 100% of your program cost!

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