The health and safety of young children is of paramount importance in early childhood programs and family child care homes. To ensure the well-being of all children, Rhode Island requires staff at all licensed programs complete an annual health and safety training.
The Center offers the following resources to help early childhood programs and educators in Rhode Island increase their understanding of evidence-based practices that keep children healthy and safe.
Health and Safety Online Training Modules
The Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) in partnership with the Center and ProSolutions Training offers a suite of online training modules that are available on-demand. You can access the Rhode Island 18-hour Approved Health and Safety Pre-Service Training Certificate on this site.
The Center has developed several online learning modules focused on health and safety topics to help educators and providers fulfill state training requirements. These modules provide information about health, safety, nutrition, and physical activity standards and best practices described in the state’s child care licensing regulations. You can access the Nutrition and Physical Activity Modules on this site.
Healthy States: Health and Safety Training Toolkit
This toolkit, created by the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness, provides up-to-date, research-informed resources and practices that program leaders can use to develop health and safety trainings. The toolkit also includes resources for states to use in health and safety trainings (e.g. online modules, training materials, webinars, and other written and online resources). Find up-to-date research- and science-informed resources and practices.
Keep Children Safe Using Active Supervision
This set of resources helps programs think systematically about child supervision so they create safe, positive learning environments for all children. Use this link to access information about setting up environments; actively supervising infants, toddlers, and preschoolers; and establishing systems to support child supervision.
Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Health and Safety Requirements Briefs
The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance developed a set of nine briefs to address health and safety requirements specified in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. The briefs can be of value to administrators and staff in child care centers and family child care homes who are seeking to improve health and safety within their learning environments. If you are in this role, the first sections of the briefs are most relevant to you—they provide an overview of the federal requirements specific to the topic, and explain the alignment to the Caring for Our Children standards.
The other sections of the briefs provide information on overall trends in child care licensing requirements and give examples from various states. Licensing administrators and CCDF administrators may find these sections helpful as they begin to assess and consider future revisions to state standards for both licensed and license-exempt providers.
To access the full set of briefs, go to childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/resource/briefs-about-health-and-safety-topics.
Health and Safety Resources by Topic
Select each topic below to access links to evidence-based resources developed by national and state organizations and government agencies focused on the health and safety of young children.