Research has shown that the quality of a child care program depends on many factors. One of the most important indicators of high quality child care is provider education and training. All adults caring for children should receive training on certain key health and safety topics

Recently Congress passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. This act includes new health and safety requirements for child care providers. All child care providers must receive training on certain health and safety topics. Each state will determine what trainings meet their health and safety training standards.

Adults caring for children in all types of child care settings should be trained in the following areas. Trainings should be customized for the setting and the age of children in care.

Ask your provider if they have completed training in the following key areas:

  1. Pediatric First Aid and CPR
  2. Prevention and control of infectious diseases (including immunizations)
  3. Safe sleep practices and Prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  4. Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome, abusive head trauma, and child maltreatment
  5. Recognition and prevention of child abuse and neglect
  6. Medication administration
  7. Prevention and response to emergencies due to food allergic reactions
  8. Emergency preparedness and response for natural disasters or man-caused events
  9. Handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials
  10. Indoor and outdoor safety (including identifying and protecting children from hazards, bodies of water, traffic, etc.)
  11. Safety measures in transporting children (if applicable)

Providers should also receive training in child development, physical activity and nutrition. Additionally, if you are the parent of a child with special needs, you will want to be sure that your provider is able to meet your child’s needs. Be sure to ask about their training and experience caring for children with special needs.

Providers can find free and low-cost health and safety trainings by contacting their local Child Care Resource and Referral agency. In addition, child care providers can find a list of training options on the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness website. You can also find more information on your state’s child care licensing requirements on our State by State Resource Map. Select your state from the drop-down box on the right, and then click “Search Now.”