Attention Trainers! CCDF Health and Safety Training Approval Notice
Posted Monday, August 29, 2016 by Shelly Nye
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 made major changes designed to protect the health and safety of children in early care and education (ECE) settings. As a result, a number of new health and safety trainings are now required as part of the CCDF Reauthorization. There are many sections of the new law, but as it relates specifically to professional development; all States must have minimum health and safety training requirements in 12 specific topic areas; several of which are already required within State Child Care Licensing regulations in Nevada (CPR, CA/N, etc.). Training requirements for the remaining topics have been proposed, but have not yet been adopted into licensing regulation. For this reason, The Nevada Registry is electing to refrain from approving any NEW trainings being developed in response to the proposed regulations in the specific topics listed below until the length of each course, content requirements and trainer criteria (if applicable) for these new trainings has been determined by State Child Care Licensing.
- Administration of medication including the prevention and response to food and allergic reactions;
- Building and physical premises safety including the storage of hazardous materials and bio contaminants;
- Prevention of shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma;
- Emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster, or a man caused event;
- Precautions in transporting children.
While we appreciate the forward-thinking and proactive approach demonstrated by trainers, we believe this decision is in the best interest of training participants and will help minimize as much confusion as possible around the new requirements (i.e., something approved today might not meet the adopted regulation/requirement tomorrow). We will keep you updated as more information is received and when the child care regulations are finalized in order to support your efforts in the development of new trainings that will help meet the increased demand for these topics. Thank you for your patience and understanding.