CCDBG Health & Safety Requirements

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 requires States and Territories to have health and safety training requirements and professional development requirements for all CCDF providers. This means that all new and existing caregivers and teachers must meet all training requirements:

  1. Prevention and control of infectious diseases (including immunization)
  2. Prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and use of safe sleeping practices
  3. Administration of medication, consistent with standards for parental consent
  4. Prevention of and response to emergencies due to food and allergic reactions
  5. Building and physical premises safety, including identification of techniques for protection from hazards that can cause bodily injury such as electrical hazards, bodies of water, and vehicular traffic
  6. Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome and abusive head trauma
  7. Emergency preparedness and response planning for emergencies resulting from a natural disaster or a man-caused event (such as violence at a child care facility)
  8. Handling and storing of hazardous materials and the appropriate disposal of bio-contaminants
  9. Precautions in transporting children
  10. First aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification for all staff providing direct care to children. Please note that this requires “hands-on” training from a qualified trainer that can verify certification.

Options to Address the Requirements 1- 9

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) developed training modules that can be utilized to provide staff with the required training. In order to receive credit for these modules, the information must be presented by a PDR certified trainer.

Training Overview Documents

OEC contracts with education entities to provide trainings that meet portions of the federal criteria. All contract trainings are listed on the state’s Professional Development Registry (PDR).

First Aid and CPR Requirements

To meet requirement #10 above:

Guidelines for First Aid and CPR Training

The current minimum licensing requirements specify that the First Aid and CPR training must be provided by American Red Cross or American Heart Association certified trainers.  The following three criteria are required to be met for any approved First Aid and CPR training.

  • The curriculum shall conform with current American Heart Association or American Red Cross guidelines.
  • The curriculum shall require hands-on, skill-based instruction, as well as written and practical testing. Training and certification that is provided solely “on-line” will not be accepted.
  • The instructor shall be qualified and authorized to teach the curriculum and shall be certified by a nationally recognized organization.

The following resources are available to meet First Aid and CPR Requirements:

The Arkansas Child Care Aware Resource and Referral Agencies provide CPR and First Aid training.  Trainings are listed in the PDR.

For more information, please click the links below.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I comply with The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act?
    • Options for meeting The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act
      • Complete the online program overview
      • Attend individual trainings for course credit
      • Contact your local community partners/resources for training and certification in First Aid and CPR
  • Does the training have to be provided by a PDR certified instructor?
    • No. Training does not have to be provided by a PDR instructor. The easiest way to meet the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) requirements is for the owner or director to review the Training Modules with their employees.
  • Does the training have to be on PDR?
    • No. Training does not have to be registered on PDR to meet the federal requirements.
  • How can employees earn PDR credit for the Health and Safety training(s)?
    • In order to receive PDR credit, training must be provided by a certified PDR instructor.
  • Do we have to use the Training Modules to meet the health and safety training requirements, or can another training count?
    • Although not mandatory, the easiest way to meet the CCDBG Health and Safety requirements is for the owner or director to review the Training Modules with their employees.
  • Is there a test at the end of these training modules?
    • There is not a test at the end of the Training Modules.
  • What happens after I’ve completed all the required trainings?
    • Please complete and sign the certification form verifying that all new and existing employees have completed all trainings and keep the certification on file at the facility.  The form does not need to be sent to the Office of Child Care and Early Childhood Education.
  • Who does this new requirement effect?
    • All employees of licensed facilities and family homes that receive CCDF funds with an active Participant Agreement must complete the health and safety trainings.