Child Care Training and Development

Children and Family Services

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What you need to know

​​​​​​All Subsidy providers and staff who work with children are required to complete the free, online pre-service orientation training Prepare to​ C​​ar​e and Pediatric CPR/First Aid training. Providers must complete both trainings before enrollment as a Subsidy provider can be approved. New staff may complete the training within the first three months of employment, but must be supervised by a certified staff member or provider until training is completed. 

Providers can access the Prepare to Care traini​​ng through the Department of Education's Digital Learning Network.

Additional training requirements are outlined below.

Providers can contact the Nebraska Early Childhood Training Center to find out more about upcoming trainings, information and medial materials related to children, technical assistance, Regional Early Learning Connection Partnerships and much more.

License Exempt Providers

In addition to Prepare to Care and Pediatric CPR/First Aid, License Exempt and Family In-Home providers are required to complete four clock hours of approved annual training. At least two clock hours of training must be a topic from the health and safety content identified below in CCDF Health and Safety Requirements.

Licensed Providers

Licensed Child Care providers are required to complete certain training requirements prior to becoming licensed as well as maintain 12 clock hours of training annually.

The following is a list of training requirements for licensed Child Care providers:

  • Two-hour orientation training provided by the Department
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) & First Aid training
  • Safety training to include: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), safe sleep, shaken baby syndrome, and child abuse/neglect and reporting
  • Business Management Training module for family child care homes developed by the Early Childhood Training Center (ECTC)
  • Nebraska's Early Learning Guidelines Training
  • Annual training must include but is not limited to the following topics: safe environments, healthy environments, learning environments, physical development, cognitive learning, communication, creative learning, self-esteem, social development, guidance, family relationships, program management and professionalism.

For full licensing requirements, please refer to Title 391--Children's Services Licensing.

CCDF Health and Safety Requirements

All Child Care Subsidy providers and staff who work directly with children are required to complete training related to the following content areas:

  • Prevention and control of infectious diseases (including immunizations)
  • Prevention of sudden infant death syndrome and use of safe sleeping practices
  • Administration of medication
  • Prevention and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reaction
  • Building and physical premises safety
  • Prevention of abusive head trauma
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Handling and storage of hazardous materials
  • Appropriate precautions in transporting children (if appropriate)
  • Pediatric CPR and First Aid
  • Recognition and reporting child abuse and neglect
  • Child development