Child Care

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What has changed?

Child care providers not legally required to be licensed with the Oregon’s Early Learning Division Office of Child Care have new requirements when becoming listed with the Department of Human Services (DHS)​.

New health and safety training for license exempt providers currently listed with DHS

A new version of the Basic Child Care Health and Safety training must be taken by July 31, 2017. It is called "Introduction to Child Care Health and Safety" and is posted under "child care provider training.”

Other changes for providers who care for a child who is not a relative

Changes include:

  • A new health and safety training for all license exempt child care providers,
  • More trainings that must be taken, if you are license exempt and not related to a child in your care,
  • A site visit by the Office of Child Care of the site where care is given.
  • All requirements for new providers must be met before final approval by DHS.
  • Current providers will have until July 31, 2017 to meet the training requirements.
  • Office of Child Care will contact providers to schedule yearly site visits or at your next re-evaluation.

Who is a relative?

By federal definition, a relative is:

  • Grandparent
  • Great-grandparent
  • Aunt
  • Uncle
  • Sibling not living in the home of the child

If you meet one of the above, by blood, marriage or legal adoption, and you only care for a child or children related to you, you will not be required to meet the requirements listed below. If you care for at least one child who is not related to you, you must meet the new requirements.

New training required for license exempt providers who are not a relative to a child in their care

What training will I have to complete?

Starting November 1, 2016 the trainings that must be taken before sending in your child care provider listing form to DHS are:

  • Introduction to Child Care Health and Safety
  • Infant child CPR/first aid certification*
  • RRCAN Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
    • *The CCR&R may offer you a temporary waiver for the CPR/first aid class due to class availability.

Important: The RRCAN class will not be available until December 1, 2016. If you are submitting a child care listing form to Direct Pay Unit in November, you do not need to complete the RRCAN training before sending in your form. You will be sent a notice once you are approved with DHS allowing you 90 days to complete the training.

If you are already listed with DHS you must complete these trainings by July 31, 2017:

  • Introduction to Child Care Health and Safety
  • Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (RRCAN)
  • First aid/CPR for infants and toddlers

Child care providers also must complete six hours of ongoing training in each two-year period. If you are currently listed with DHS you will receive more information on when you will need to take the other six hours of ongoing training.

To find out where you can take the RRCAN and First aid/CPR for infants and toddlers, contact Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R), Central Coordination at: 1-800-342-6712 for the number of a CCR&R near you. You can also find a class near you.

Starting November 1, 2016 completed provider listing forms sent to DHS will have a review of the site where care is given:

  • A review of the site where child care will be given, will be done by the Early Learning Divisions, Office of Child Care (OCC).

Who will be doing the visit and what are they looking for?

The initial pre-service and yearly visit will be conducted by Oregon’s Early Learning Division Office of Child Care (OCC). Visits will be conducted at the site where child care is being provided, this includes if the care is provided in the home of the child. The OCC staff member will be checking to make sure the site meets all health and safety requirements as well as providing assistance when necessary.

Here is a copy of the Regulated Subsidy Child Care Health and Safety Review Checklist​ that OCC Licensing Specialists will use during the review visit. Reading through the list and meeting the requirements before the visit will help the process go more quickly.​

For more information on how to become a listed provider with DHS, contact Direct Pay Unit at 1-800-699-9074. ​​