Health and safety training is critical for child care providers. Well-trained child care providers know how to reduce the risk of illness and injury in their programs. New federal requirements have named eleven health and safety training topics that will be required for child care providers.
Recently, Congress passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG). This law includes new health and safety requirements for child care providers receiving funds from CCDBG. In September 2016, the CCDBG Final Rule was approved. The Final Rule made changes to the CCDBG Act of 2014 in order to best support the health and safety of children in child care as well as their parents and child care providers. The rule specifies certain health and safety topics on which child care providers must receive training. Each state will determine what trainings meet their health and safety standards.
The eleven required health and safety training topics for providers are:
- Pediatric First Aid and CPR
- Prevention and control of infectious diseases (including immunizations)
- Safe sleep practices and Prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome, abusive head trauma, and child maltreatment
- Recognition and prevention of child abuse and neglect
- Medication administration
- Prevention and response to emergencies due to food allergic reactions
- Emergency preparedness and response for natural disasters or man-caused events
- Handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials
- Indoor and outdoor safety (identifying and protecting children from hazards, bodies of water, traffic, etc.)
- Safety measures in transporting children (if applicable)
These training topics are important for all adults who wish to care for children. Some states may require child care providers to receive training in other topic areas as well. These topics include child development, physical activity, nutrition and caring for children with special needs. Anyone caring for a child or children is encouraged to seek training in these areas, whether or not it is required. The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness is a helpful resource for current and future child care providers seeking training. A list of free and low-cost health and safety training options can be found on their website.
- Find local training courses by contacting your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency. Search for your local agency on our CCR&R Search page.
- Your state licensing office can provide information on child care training requirements. Find their contact information on our State by State Resource Map.