Alabama does not utilize a formal process for training approval. Courses offered by ChildCareEd may be accepted by The Alabama Department of Human Resources, Office of Child Care Licensing for initial, pre-licensing, and in-service training for daycare centers, child care centers, family child care, family day care homes, and group day care homes.

Alabama's Department of Human Resources (DHR) oversees the regulation and licensing of child care facilities in the state. The specific requirements can vary depending on the type of child care facility, and they encompass different levels of education and training for various roles within the childcare profession.

Preservice Training Requirements for all staff in Child Care Centers, Family Day Care Homes, and Group Day Care Homes

Child Care Center Training 

Directors training requirements:

  • 20 clock hours of training in administration and management
  • 4 clock hours of training in quality child care
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
  • 24 clock hours of training each year. 

CDA Training: (120 hours)

Teachers training requirements:

  • 12 clock hours of training in child care and development
  • 12 clock hours of training each year

Family and Group Child Care Training

Applicant/Licensee requirements:

  • 24 clock hours of training in child care and development 
  • 20 clock hours of training related to child care each year

Assistant caregiver requirements:

  • 12 clock hours of training in child care
  • 12 clock hours of child care training each year thereafter


Thinking about opening a child care facility in Alabama: For those of you interested in starting a day care or home-based child care facility in Alabama, please contact your state licensing using the contact information below. The licensing agency can give you advice on the requirements, rules and regulations of your state.

Alabama Department of Human Resources
Phone Number: (334) 242-1425 or (866) 528-1694
Email: childcarelicensingintake@dhr.alabama.gov 
Child Care Licensing Website: https://dhr.alabama.gov/child-care/

Administrators! Are you looking to purchase hours for your staff? ChildCareEd offers the Group Admin Program and Subscription Services, which make it easy and affordable to make group purchases.

Group Admin Program

The Group Admin Program allows you to purchase clock hours at a flat price and then assign classes to staff members. This gives you control over your budget and training plan. Purchase hours for staff to ensure they complete their training requirements.

Use our Group Admin Feature and receive the following benefits:

  • Record-keeping tools to manage continuing education requirements
  • Group Administrators can see their staff's progress in assigned courses as well as test scores
  • Purchase bulk hours with discounted Subscription Services
  • Refunded hours if staff leave and do not finish courses
  • Add or remove staff as needed
  • Assign training to individuals or the entire team
  • Print administrator copies of certificates

Subscription Services

With Subscription Services, you can purchase training hours at a low one-time cost. There are three tiers to choose from, depending on your needs:

  • Basic: Unlimited online training
  • Plus: Unlimited online training plus online CDA training courses
  • Instructor-Led: Unlimited online training, plus all CDA online training courses, and one Virtual Class each month led by a trained Educational Specialist

To view the course selection available for each of our subscription services, please click on View Courses List under each here: https://www.childcareed.com/subscriptions.html.

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