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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(b) and .1714(b) require a designated individual from all licensed centers and family child care homes to

  • complete the EPR in Child Care Training
  • submit a facility EPR Plan

EPR in Child Care Train-the-Trainer Course

Course Description

The EPR Child Care Train-the-Trainer Course prepares child care health consultants, training and technical assistance specialists, and early childhood professionals to provide required training to early educators, directors, and family child care operators on:

  • standard emergency preparedness and response procedures that can be used for all NC child care facilities
  • the benefits of planning, preparing and practicing for emergencies
  • NC Child Care Regulations and best practices that support emergency preparedness and response
  • supporting facilities and families in responding to and recovering from an emergency
  • how to complete the required EPR Plan template

Trainer Eligibility

Who is eligible to be an EPR trainer ?

  • Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs)
  • Technical assistance providers who work for child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs)
  • Other early childhood trainers who meet eligibility requirements:
    • BS/BA degree in a health-related field or in early childhood/child development.
    • Knowledge of early care and education and operation of child care facilities
    • Have at least one year experience in providing adult training or education.

Course Format, Cost, and Schedule

The EPR in Child Care Train-the-Trainer course is online and free of charge.It is largely self-paced and takes approximately four weeks to complete. It is offered three to times each year.

Application and Additional Information

If an individual does not meet eligibility criteria in an area where there is a need for an EPR trainer a Request for Approval form may be submitted along with the EPR Train-the-Trainer application.

Submit the application (and Approval form if necessary) as an email attachment to: clearym@unc.edu

Direct questions to:

Mary Cleary, Training Specialist
NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center
919-707-5679