Early Childhood FAQs
What is a Continued Early Childhood membership?
An Early Childhood Education membership on Continued allows you unlimited access to our course library for one year (12 months) for $99. The Early Childhood Education library features a growing library of courses, including live, video, audio, and text-based course formats covering a wide array of topics. Become a member today!
To ensure uninterrupted service and continued professional development, your membership will automatically be renewed at the end of your membership using the payment method you have on file. You can cancel anytime, effective the next billing cycle, online or by contacting our Customer Service Department via telephone at 866-782-6258.
How do I complete a course with Continued Early Childhood Education?
After participating in a live, video, audio, or text-based course, you will be required to obtain a passing score of 80% on a multiple-choice examination. You will be given immediate feedback regarding the results of your exam and the opportunity to repeat the exam once if necessary. To earn credit for a live webinar, you must be logged into the entire event and complete the exam within 7 days; for a video, audio, or text-based course, you must view 100% of course content and complete the exam within 30 days of the course registration date. If you do not complete the exam within that time you must re-register for the course. You can access your CE Tests by clicking on ‘Dashboard’ or 'Pending Courses' on the navigation sidebar. After passing the exam, you will be required to complete a course evaluation in order to receive a certificate of completion for the course. Please note that you will not be allowed to complete more than 10 hours of coursework on any calendar day.
Who keeps track of how many CEUs/clock hours have been earned?
Continued maintains a record of your completed coursework. After you login, navigate to your Dashboard, and select "Transcripts." In the upper right corner of the page you will see an option to print or to save your certificates or transcripts. To view courses completed prior to the current year you will need to change the 'Year' from the drop-down menu located at the top left corner of the Transcript page and select "search." You may access this page at any time to view courses that you have completed.
Do Early Childhood Education courses count toward my annual requirements?
At this time, Continued is working to make courses available for annual clock hour requirements for state child care licensing bodies and registries. Typically, this applies to people working in child care settings, including child care centers and family child care homes. To find courses that count toward your registry requirements, filter your search in our course library by selecting your state in the drop-down menu.
If you are looking for continuing education courses to count towards annual teacher licensing requirements, refer to your state department of education for information on acceptable courses. Continued is an IACET Accredited Provider of continuing education and training, which may apply to your state teacher licensing needs.
We are working to align our content with as many state agencies as possible. Because every state’s requirements and approval processes are different, the number of courses that will be accepted varies by the state selected in our library search. Also, within any given state, professional development requirements may vary depending on many factors such as state child care licensing requirements, registry requirements, QRIS requirements, and/or your professional position and experience. Please refer to the requirements established by your regulatory body to determine your individual needs. If you have questions, please contact us.
Do Early Childhood Education courses count toward renewal of my CDA credential?
We have packaged courses that are specific and relevant to each CDA credential type we offer in our library, making it simple to meet your renewal requirement. More detailed information is available on our CDA FAQ page.
Reporting to Your State
Continued regularly reports completed coursework for approved courses to state registries and entities that require training reports. A list of registries to which we can report your coursework appears below. If this state is listed on a course details page in the “CEUs/hours offered” section, and if your profile indicates that you are a member of that state registry, and if you have opted into reporting on your Professional Profile, continued will report your coursework to that state. Reports are generated at the frequency required by the specific state entity and include information required by that state to track your completed training, such as your name, address, and registry ID number. You may choose whether you would like Continued to report to your state by updating your preferences on your Professional Profile. If your state does not require us to report to your registry, please use your certificate of completion, as accessed on the Transcripts page, to self-report. If you have questions, please contact us.
We report to the following entities for approved courses:
- Arizona Registry
- California Early Care and Education Workforce Registry
- Illinois Gateways to Opportunity
- Iowa i-PoWeR Professional Workforce Registry
- MIRegistry - Michigan
- Missouri OPEN Initiative - MOPD Registry
- New Jersey Child Care Information System Registry
- Oklahoma Professional Development Registry
- Pennsylvania Professional Development Registry - PA Keys
- South Carolina Endeavors Registry
- Washington MERIT
- The Registry: Wisconsin
- Wyoming Stars
What is the difference between CEUs and clock hours?
Course duration or credit is measured differently by different entities. The “CEU” is the internationally recognized standard for continuing education and training, developed and safeguarded by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). One (1.0) CEU is defined as 10 hours of participation in coursework. Therefore, a single hour of participation in a course is equal to 0.1 CEUs. “Clock hours” typically refer to the actual time spent in a course, where one clock hour represents literally one hour of time, or 60 minutes.