**Reminder to check with Licensing, if there is any question, to be sure a training will be accepted by them in meeting FCC Licensing Rule required training. Currently training offered by MRTQ PDN and FCCAM are accepted by licensing.
A. (NEW) Orientation training. Except when another time period is indicated, all Staff Members must receive training in the following areas within the first ninety days of service:
1. Fire drill procedures, disaster procedures, and all other emergency procedures. This training must be completed within the first week of service.
2. This Rule;
3. The Provider’s policies and procedures;
MRT PDN offers CCDF Health and Safety Orientation as an on-demand online training. This free 6 hrs training covers the health and safety topic required here under “Orientation training”. ~ Additional trainings focused on specific areas can be found in the lower sections:
4. Prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID), Shaken Baby Syndrome, and safe sleep practices;
** AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) free online learning module on Reducing the Risk of SIDS and SUID in Early Education and Child Care expired 10/02/2020. They are working on a new training. // The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome offers multiple trainings. // Better Kids Care On Demand Distance Education a part of PennState Extension, offers as a free course at this time: Safe Sleep Practices for Caregivers: reduce the Risk of SUID. // Learn about brain development, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and abusive head trauma, or Shaken Baby Syndrome, in the 1 hr. child care provider training course offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension // Keeping Infants Safe Course is a 3 hr. training available through The Care Courses School, Inc.
5. Administration of Medication and Parental consent (providers may not administer Medication until training has occurred);
** AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) offers a free online learning module on Medication Administration in Early Care and Education Settings
6. Prevention of and response to food and allergy emergencies;
FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) Preschool and Early Child Care Food Allergy Training (no certificate) // ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), a distance learning professional development and certificate provider, offers CCEI119: Food Allergies in the Early Care Setting // Texas A&M AgriLife Extension offers Food Allergies and How to Manage Them // Understanding and Managing Allergies in Child Care through The CARE Courses School Inc.
7. Building and physical premise safety;
8. Communicable diseases, infectious disease prevention and control, Universal Safety Precautions and Blood Borne Pathogens;
** AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) offers a free online learning module on Bug Busting in Early Care and Education Settings (about managing infectious diseases in group care settings for children)
9. Handling and storage of Hazardous Material and disposal of Bio-contaminants;
** Building and Physical Premises Safety including the Storage and Handling of Bio Contaminants and Hazardous Materials by ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI) // Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials offered by Better Kids Care On Demand Distance Education, a part of PennState Extension.
10. Transportation of Children (if the individual will be responsible for the transportation of Children; required biannually thereafter);
*will be asking to clarify that this is a typo and should be biennial. Past practice was every 2 years.
** In the past Maine offered live classes around the state. FCCAM provides the schedule of classes whenever state posts. Completing an online transportation safety course instead of the live class, required a visit to a local car seat installation program to have the live consultation of installing a seat with guidance in your vehicle. Online offering: Transporting Children Safely in Child Care through Texas A & M Agrilife Extension. Transportation Safety through The CARE Courses School Inc. (this course is also available as book course).
11. Adult and pediatric first aid with hands-on skills demonstration;
12. Adult and pediatric Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) with hands-on skills demonstration;
13. Mandated Reporter Training.
**Maine has an Online Mandated Reporter Resource Page where you will find a list of trainers that will provide group face-to-face mandated reporting training, or a self directed online training. Self directed training requires passing a quiz with 80% accuracy. // The iLookOut Learning Program offers 3 (free) online courses: Core mandated reporter training (3 CU), Advanced Training 1 (3 CU), and Advanced Training 2 (7 CUs).
Staff Orientation Checklist – sample spreadsheet
B. (NEW) Ongoing Training. All Providers must ensure the appropriate number of hours of ongoing training for themselves and Staff Members. Twelve hours of training is required annually. All Providers and Staff Members must register with Maine’s Professional Development Network.
The Professional Development Network (PDN) registry is an excellent resource for providers as it tracks continuing education and training. The PDN provides critical data regarding the number of child care providers and staff members Statewide. The prescriptive training requirements added to rule are federal requirements of the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG).
** Not a Registry member yet? Read FCCAM post: “Still Need to Join MRTQ Professional Development Network Registry?” for link to the Registry application and a visual tour through the application.
- Annual training must include a review of health and safety topics.
The training is one course that addresses the ten health and safety topics and is currently offered at no cost through Maine Roads to Quality. There is an initial 6 hour training, followed by a 2 hour annual refresher training. See info and link at top of this page.
2. Ongoing training must include Department-approved Mandated Reporter retraining at least once every four years.
Info and links can be found above A(13)
3. All training, including Adult and Pediatric First Aid and CPR certification hours, will be counted toward the requirement for the year it was completed.
4. The calculation of training hours per year must be based upon the date of issuance of the License.
5. Required training for new Staff Members will be prorated based on months of employment.
6. (NEW) In order to count towards the required number of training hours per year, training must reflect current research and best practices relating to skills necessary for the childcare workforce to meet developmental milestones of Children and be appropriate for the population of Children served by the Provider. Training topics may include but are not limited to, healthy, safe environments; Child development; observation and assessment; developmentally appropriate practice; guidance; relationships with families; individual and cultural diversity; children with special needs, business, and professional development; or childcare practices.
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