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!
New Health and Safety Training Requirement is Coming
A new pre-service Health and Safety training will be required April 1, 2014 for all Licensed Exempt and Registered Family Child Care Providers. The Office of Child Care (OCC) and Department of Human Services (DHS) received Federal notification in July of 2013 regarding Health and Safety training requirements for Child Care Providers. The new regulations will affect License-Exempt and Registered Family Child Care Providers who care for children receiving a DHS child care subsidy.
The new required Health and Safety training will cover three specific areas; prevention and control of infectious disease, building and physical premises safety, and health and safety training. The implementation date for the Health and Safety training is April 1, 2014. This is a pre-service training. This means the training will need to be completed before a child care provider can be approved and listed with DHS. If you are currently listed with DHS you will not be required to take the training until you reach your next 2 year reevaluation date.
The training will be available online and will take approximately 2 hours to complete. Completion of Oregon Kids Healthy and Safe classroom version will also meet this requirement.
Mandatory Orientations for License Exempt Child Care Providers
Orientation for DHS providers became mandatory July 1, 2010. All newly listed or relisted license-exempt providers (also called Family Friends and Neighbors providers) need to complete the training within 90 days of listing with DHS to remain eligible for payment. This orientation gives you information on the DHS Child Care Programs and helps you to understand:
• The payment and billing process;
• DHS child care programs
• What to do if you have problems or questions;
• Child care provider rights and responsibilities;
• Enhanced rate training options;
• SEIU representation for unlicensed family child care providers
You can also 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 .