Training for child care providers
Training for child care providers not only helps improve the level of care that children receive, it can save lives. Training can also help providers earn more, and increase the level of professionalism in their field. Trained providers may qualify for higher rates and expanded business opportunities.
Stipends and scholarships may be available for exempt providers to help with the cost of training.
Your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) can provide most of your training needs, often in multiple languages. Across the state, local CCR&Rs provide many of the following trainings:
- Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
- Health and Safety
- Building Blocks of Social and Emotional Development
- Child Care Business Classes
- Food Handlers training
- Pediatric First Aid and CPR
- Discovering Connections
- First Connections
- And many more!
Mandatory orientation is coming for license-exempt providers!
Orientation for DHS providers is only strongly recommended at this time, but as of July 1, 2010, these trainings will be mandatory. All newly listed or relisted license-exempt providers (also called Family Friends and Neighbors providers) will need to complete the training within 90 days of listing with DHS to remain eligible for payment.
Orientation contains important information on:
- The payment process;
- Program rules;
- What to do if you have problems or questions;
- Child care provider rights and responsibilities;
- Enhanced rate training options;
Food program resources through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
How to find out more
Contact your local CCR&R for more information about training opportunities, including mandatory orientation sessions, or to find trainings in your area.
CCR&R Network’s online child care training calendar
The CCR&R Network maintains a calendar of training opportunities available to child care providers across the state. The calendar includes orientations for DHS providers that will become mandatory effective July 1, 2010.
Other Training Resources:
The Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education (OCCD) runs programs for child care providers, including the Enhanced Rate Program training, and the Oregon Registry.
The Oregon Registry is a voluntary, statewide program to document and recognize the achievements of child care and education professionals. Family providers and centers exempt from Child Care Division licensing, who serve DHS clients, are eligible to earn an enhanced rate if they meet specified training standards.
For more information or applications, call the OCCD at 1-877-725-8535 (503-725-8535 in Portland), or go to their Web site at www.centerline.pdx.edu .