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Newly Required Health and Safety Trainings for North Carolina Early Care and Education Professionals
The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), also called the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF), is a federal grant which provides funding for child care subsidies for low income working families and improvements in child care quality. The recent reauthorization of CCDBG, Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, brought for the first time in 18 years new state requirements. These requirements promote the health and safety of children in child care, create continuity of access to subsidies for low-income families, better educate parents and the general public about the child care choices available to them, and improve the overall quality of early care and education programs. States must have pre-service or orientation and on-going minimum health and safety training requirements in place for child care providers.
The trainings must cover the following content areas:
- Prevention and control of infectious diseases, including immunization;
- Administration of medication, with standards for parental consent;
- Prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions;
- Building and physical premises safety, including identification of and protection from hazards that can cause bodily injury such as electrical hazards, bodies of water, and vehicular traffic;
- Emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster, or a man-caused event;
- Handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of biocontaminants;
- Precautions in transporting children, if applicable;
- Prevention of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma;
- CPR and First Aid
- "Recognizing and Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment" as required in Rule .0705(g)
- Prevention of sudden infant death syndrome and use of safe sleeping practices.
North Carolina’s Implementation
Child care rules effective October 1, 2017 require all child care providers who have direct responsibility for the care and oversight of children, including center administrators, and family child care home operators, to complete trainings in the listed content areas. After the first year of employment, these individuals are required to complete health and safety trainings in each of the topic areas every five years. To help child care providers meet the new training requirements, the Division of Child Development and Early Education has contracted with ProSolutions Training to provide, FREE online training modules. Click on the Course Catalog tab at the top of the page to login to your training
- Pediatric First Aid and CPR must be completed through an approved training organization.
- Recognizing and responding to child abuse and neglect is available through Prevent Child Abuse NC. The FREE online training course is called Recognizing and Responding to Suspicions of Child Maltreatment.