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CCDF Health and Safety Orientation Training

*Updated 7/2021 ~~

Questions have arisen about the Health and Safety Orientation training following the email providers recently received about the upcoming Child Care Stabilization Grants.

Here are some points for providers to consider:

To meet requirements to apply for this stabilization grant opportunity all owners, directors, and staff have to complete the State approved health and safety training within 90 days of hire. This training is the free 6 hr Health & Safety Orientation training reached through MRTQ PDN On-Demand. For providers and staff that have been working longer than the 90 days of hire, we believe you will also need to have this training completed.

If you participate in the subsidy program you have had to complete this training, and also complete the annual review training.

If you have opened your program in the past few years you probably took this training as it has been part of pre-licensing requirements.

Having read through the QRIS pilot report, this training was noted as a requirement to maintain Star 2 and up. (Rising Stars for ME has not yet been formally adopted and introduced yet to providers. It is expected to be rolled out Fall 2021.)

When you go to register for this training if you cannot enroll it means you have already taken it and MRTQ has that information. If you are needing to take the annual renewal that is time/date sensitive and you cannot take it before your previous year is met.

*Note: the training title is now CCDF Health and Safety Orientation. It previous was dated and CCDF was not included. It has been the top training listed on the On-Demand site.

To access the CCDF Health and Safety Orientation Training, begin by logging into the MRTQ Registry. If you haven’t joined the Registry yet you will need to do that first. Here’s how to join.

Click the “Access” button under Online Training.

You should now find yourself here:

If the CCDF Health and Safety Orientation Training is not the first training you see scroll down through the listed trainings.

You will see a button below the training description. It will either be a green “Enroll” or a gray “Completed”. If you see the “completed” button it means at some point your took this training and it’s on your Registry record.

Here’s a working link to MRTQ Registry home page.

If you find yourself with time some day explore your training history on the Registry, check out other trainings available at MRTQ PDN and enroll for anytime access to the QIT Toolkit.

Posted in Professional Development

FREE Webinar: Happy & Healthy – Fostering Healthy Eating Habits and Reducing the Use of Food Rewards for All Kids

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Join Diane Boas, for a virtual training to learn more about inclusive approaches to support healthy eating habits and reducing the use of food rewards for Early Care and Education Programs. Learning objectives:

Thursday, December 17, 2020  |  1:00-2:00pm

  • Review the challenges to healthy eating for young children.
  • Gather ideas to improve healthy eating at your program.
  • Understand how to reduce the use of food rewards.
  • Discover how other professionals can help you improve children’s eating habits.

Pre-registration is required.

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Nutrition Resources

Interested in learning more about bringing fresh and nutritious food into your childcare program?

Whether you provide snacks and lunches, or families send them in, as a family child care provider you have a large part to play in developing healthy habits in the children in your care. Did you know that whether you participate in CACFP or not, you can access resources from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service? These materials can be used to support your practices, directly with the children and shared with families.

Check out these resources to learn more about procuring local food, the new CACFP meal patterns, and nutrition education.

  • Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs
  • CACFP Best Practices ~ This best practices tip sheet further helps increase consumption of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, and reduce the consumption of added sugars and saturated fats.
  • Grow It, Try It, Like It! ~ This garden-themed nutrition education kit introduces children to: three fruits – peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and three vegetables – spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash.
  • Wellness Tips for Young Children ~ Available to public as free PDF download or if participating in CACFP you can order a free print copy. Tips such as:
    • Build a Healthy Plate With Fruits 21839269649_58a611cf25_o
    • Meat and Meat Alternates: Build a Healthy Plate with Protein
    • Build a Healthy Plate With Less Salt and Sodium
    • Practice the Basics of Food Safety to Prevent Foodborne Illness
    • Promote Active Play Through Written Policies and Practices
    • Supplement B: Care for Children With Food Allergies
    • Supplement D: Create a Positive Meal Environment
    • Supplement E: Support Family Style Meals

Another great opportunity is Farm to School, which now includes Farm to Early Childhood Programs. Check out this Step-by-Step guide for providers, from Michigan’s Farm to School, to find out how to get started with Farm to ECE.