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All of the trainings listed on this page are required for early educators by NC Child Care Rules. To find a training, contact a trainer in your county from the list of trainers. If you are not able to find a training, contact your Child Care Health Consultant or the NC Resource Center if there is no CCHC in your county.

For more information: DCDEE Training Requirements

ITS SIDS training is an in-person, two hour training.

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The Infant/Toddler Safe Sleep and SIDS Risk Reduction in Child Care (ITS-SIDS) training prepares caregivers to set up safe sleep environments and follow safe sleep practices that may reduce the risk of injury and death from SIDS deaths and other sleep related infant deaths.

NC Child Care Rules 10A NCAC 09

.1102(f)In centers that are licensed to care for infants, the child care administrator and any child care provider scheduled to work in the infant room shall complete ITS-SIDS training. ITS-SIDS training must be completed within two months of being hired or of becoming an administrator. The training must be repeated every three years.

Family Child Care Homes
.1702 (3) a copy of documentation of completion of ITS SIDS training within 12 months prior to applying for a license, if requesting a license to care for infants ages 12 months and younger
.1703 (4) Renew ITS SIDS training every three years from the completion of previous ITS SIDS training

EPR training is an in-person, 2-2.5 hour training.

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The Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) training provides early educators with information and tools to prepare for many types of emergencies. The EPR in Child Care Training addresses new NC Child Care Rules on emergency preparedness, current best practice recommendations, and guidance on completing the online EPR Plan. The EPR Plan template is on the North Carolina Emergency Management website.

NC Child Care Rules 10A NCAC 09 .0607 (centers) and .1714 (family child care homes)

(b) Child care centers shall have one person on staff who has completed the Emergency Preparedness and Response in Child Care training.

(c) Upon completion of the Emergency Preparedness and Response in Child Care training, the trained staff shall develop the Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan.

If you need assistance with your NCID or with filing or accessing your online EPR Plan, contact

Administration of Medication in Child Care is an in-person, 2.5 hour training.

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Participants learn about NC Child Care Rules and best practices addressing medication administration in child care. Topics included are receiving, documenting, storing, and disposing of types of medication and forms required to be completed prior to giving medication. Participants will learn how to

  • recognize, respond to, and report a medication error
  • the six rights of medication administration
  • proper procedures for oral, inhalation, topical, instillation, and simple injection administrations
  • administration of common emergency medications such as epinephrine auto injectors and nebulizers

An in-person review of each participant’s skills and competency is highly recommended for anyone who will be administering medication.

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Health and Safety overview trainings are one-hour training per topic.

Topic include:

  1. (1) Prevention and control of infectious diseases, including immunization
  2. (3) Prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions;
  3. (4) Building and physical premises safety, including identification of and protection from hazards that can cause bodily injury such as electrical hazards, bodies of
    water, and vehicular traffic
  4. (5) Emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster, or a man-caused event
  5. (6) Handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of biocontaminants
  6. (7) Precautions in transporting children, if applicable
  7. (8) Prevention of shaken baby syndrome, abusive head trauma, and child maltreatment
  8. (11) Prevention of sudden infant death syndrome and use of safe sleeping practices.

The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), or the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), is a federal grant that provides funding to North Carolina to improve the quality and accessibility of child care by requiring the establishment of health and safety standards for licensed child care. North Carolina adopted new health and safety training rules in September 2016 to meet this requirement.

These rules require all early educators who have direct responsibility for the care and oversight of children including center administrators and family child care home operators to complete both pre-service and ongoing training.

 NC Child Care Rules 10A NCAC 09

.1102 Health and Safety Training Requirements
(a) Child care administrators and staff members shall complete health and safety training within one year of employment, unless the staff member has completed the training within the year prior to beginning employment.

.1103 On-Going Training Requirements
(b) Health and safety training shall be completed as part of on-going training so that every five years, all of the topic areas set forth in 10A NCAC 09 .1102(b) will have been covered.

Trainings can be take in-person by contacting a local CCHC or on-line through the DCDEE’s Moodle website. Search CCDF – Health and Safety in Child Care.

Child care providers should download a Training Record to track activity.

For more information: U.S. Office for Child Care, Required Health and Safety Training Requirements

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