Training and Technical Assistance
Included below is a list of trainings developed by the NC Resource Center. Contact a Child Care Health Consultant or a trainer to find a training. Also included is a list of health and safety topics. Early educators can contact a local CCHC for technical assistance on any of these topic areas.
*Starred trainings listed on this page are required for early educators. More information can be found on the DCDEE Training Requirements page.
ITS-SIDS training is a 2 hour training.
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.
.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 a 2.5 hour training.
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 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 DCDEE: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Medication in Child Care” is a 1.5-hour training available in-person through a Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC) or online through the Division of Child Development and Early Education’s Moodle website and is required by the Child Care and Development Fund grant.
Participants learn about NC Child Care Rules and best practices addressing medication administration in child care. Topics covered include:
- Reasons medications are given in child care
- Types of medication typically given in child care
- Procedures for receiving, storing, documenting, and disposing of medication
- The six rights of medication administration
- Common medication errors and rule violations, how to prevent them from happening, and how to document errors if they occur.
Any person who will administer medication should take the approximately 2.5-hour “Medication Administration Skills” training. This training is available in-person only through a CCHC.
This training will build on content learned in the Medication in Child Care training and provide hands-on training on the skills needed to safely administer medication to children
The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Health and Safety overview trainings are one-hour training per topic.
- Prevention and control of infectious diseases, including immunization
- Prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions
- 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
- Emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster, or a man-caused event
- Handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of biocontaminants
- Precautions in transporting children, if applicable
- Prevention of shaken baby syndrome, abusive head trauma, and child maltreatment
- 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.
.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.
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
This training includes information on all or a selection of the following topics:
This training includes information on making the child care environment more inclusive for children and adults with physical access, functional, and special health care needs.
This training includes information on providing care for CSHCN. Information includes working with care teams for CSHCN and handling medical emergencies at the child care facility.
This training includes information on allergies, anaphylaxis, and emergency treatment in child care. This training provides an overview of common allergens, reducing the risk of exposure to allergens, and recognizing the signs and symptoms of severe allergic reactions.
This training includes information supporting children with seizures in child care. This training addresses triggers, strategies for including a child with seizures in early care and education, and seizure first aid.
This training includes information on supporting children with diabetes in child care. The training covers routine care of Type 1 Diabetes, how to recognize and respond to signs and symptoms of high and low blood glucose, and how to provide first aid for emergency situations.
- Breast-Feeding Friendly Child Care (BFCC)
- GO NAPSACC (Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care)
- Be Active Kids
- Asthma Education Curriculum for Childcare Providers
- Playground Safety
- Child Care Toothbrushing in Classrooms
- Toxic Free Childcare Train-the-Trainer Workshop
Additional Health and Safety Topics
In addition to the trainings listed above, CCHCs can provide technical assistance on the following topics:
- Illness and Infectious Diseases
- Children with Special Health Care Needs
- Medication Administration
- Safety and Injury Prevention
- Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
- Infant and Child Social and Emotional Wellbeing
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Nutrition and Physical Activity
- Oral Health
- Environmental Health
- Staff Health and Wellness