7. Emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster, or a man-caused event (such as violence at a child care facility);
8. Handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of bio contaminants;
9. Appropriate precautions in transporting children (if applicable)³;
10. Pediatric first-aid and CPR; and
11. Recognition and reporting of child abuse and neglect.
12. Child development
On Nov. 19, 2014, President Obama signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 into law. This law reauthorizes the child care program for the first time since 1996, and represents a historic re-envisioning of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program. The law made significant advancements, including defining health and safety requirements for child care providers. As part of the law, states¹ must have health and safety training requirements, and training and professional development requirements in place by Sept. 30, 2016.
Pursuant to the CCDBG Act of 2014 and DCMR 5A Chapter 1, new and existing directors, caregivers, and teachers must complete health and safety training in the 12 topic areas listed below. For new directors, caregivers, and teachers, health and safety training in the 12 topic areas must be completed either pre-service or within an orientation period not to exceed three months from the employee’s first day of employment. For existing directors, caregivers, and teachers, health and safety training in the 12 topic areas must be completed annually no later than Sept. 30 and repeated each year thereafter. Evidence that new and existing directors, caregivers, and teachers have completed health and safety training in the 12 topic areas must be maintained at the child development facility, in the form of a certificate of completion, and be readily available for inspection.
To assist new and existing directors, caregivers, and teachers in meeting these new training requirements, the Division of Early Learning’s Professional Development Unit is offering both synchronous (i.e. classroom) and asynchronous (i.e. online) courses that cover the 12 topic areas. In the catalog, you will see the approved classroom (face-to-face) sessions denoted with a blue asterisk. Any session with this symbol fulfills one or more of the required CCDF topics. There are also several e-learning platforms that offer CCDF Health and Safety Training that are OSSE-approved. Individuals can complete all of the required topics, with the exception of First Aid and CPR, using an e-learning platform. Approved e-learning platforms include: Quorum, Better Kid Care, Pro Solutions, Child Care Education Institute, and courses provided by the Center for Disease Control. First Aid and CPR must be taken in person in a classroom setting.