The Rhode Island Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) subsidizes the cost of child care for eligible families that are residents of Rhode Island.
Early learning program professionals and family child care providers that are approved CCAP providers must ensure their staff complete trainings on specific health and safety topics, child development, and emergency preparedness and response, as required by the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) regulations. Listed below is information about trainings that can help programs and staff meet these requirements. Staff have 90 days upon hire to complete the trainings and must be able to provide certificates of completion as documentation.
Health and Safety Online Modules
The Center has developed online modules that provide an overview of health and safety standards and best practices outlined in the Rhode Island child care licensing regulations. They can be used as an orientation tool for new staff or as a yearly “refresher.”
The modules are organized by program type, with sets available for center-based educators, family child care providers, and license-exempt providers. Each set contains four modules, and each module takes between 5 and 15 minutes to complete. Select and view the modules relevant to the type of setting you work in. Modules are available in both English and Spanish. Certificates of completion are available upon completion of a brief activity after the modules. The Health and Safety topics include:
- Prevention and control of infectious diseases
- SIDS prevention and use of safe sleep practices
- Administration of medication
- Prevention/response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions
- Building and physical premises safety
- Prevention of shaken baby syndrome, abusive head trauma, and child maltreatment
- Emergency preparedness and response planning
- Handling and storage of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of biocontaminants;
- Transportation (if applicable)
- Pediatric first-aid and CPR
- Recognition and reporting of child abuse and neglect
Additional online courses on the required Health and Safety topics may be accessed in English and Spanish at the following websites:
Child Development Training
The Rhode Island Department of Education, through its RIELDS Project, offers a nine-hour, three-module training called “RIELDS Foundations — The Guiding Principles” that explores the topics of child development, play, and developmentally appropriate practice for children ages birth through five years. This course has been developed to meet the CCDF professional development requirements for child development training. All providers—teacher assistants, teachers, education coordinators, administrators, and family child care providers—are required to have completed this course or an equivalent child development course within 90 days of hire. Equivalent child development courses include:
- completion of a higher education child development college course with a grade C or better,
- completion of a Center professional development series on child development,
- or previous completion of a RIELDS “Foundation for the RI Early Learning and Development Standards” course or a RIELS “Introduction to the Rhode Island Early Learning Standards” course.
Emergency Preparedness and Response Training
The Federal Emergency Management Institute offers a free, two-hour online course for child care programs of all types and sizes called “Multihazard Planning for Child Care.” The course provides knowledge and tools to analyze hazards and threats at your child care site, develop a plan to address them, and update and practice your emergency plan. Programs owners and administrators, including family child care providers, are required to complete this training within 90 days of receiving a new license or upon hire. Additionally, all CCAP programs are required to have a written plan for responding to emergency situations or natural disasters. For a guide to completing this plan, please download the “Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs” developed by the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness. Programs must review and update this plan annually.Required CCAP Trainings