This post is part of our series on New Jersey family child care licensing. For more on licensing in New Jersey, see the following posts:
To become a licensed family child care provider in New Jersey, you must meet certain training requirements.
Before new family child care (FCC) or family, friend, and neighbor (FNN) applicants can start their in-home child care program, each candidate is required to attend pre-service training provided free of charge by the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agency in your county or online provider.
All providers (FCC and FFN) must complete training to meet the CCDBG reauthorization requirements for Health and Safety. The total number of training hours for home-based programs is twelve hours plus CPR and First Aid Training (approximately 6 hours).
The FCC and FFN training can be obtained online or you can take the instructor-led training, for free, through your local CCR&R . Here is the breakdown of 18-hours of required pre-service training with relevant links, approximate hours it takes to complete each training and associated costs:
PLEASE NOTE: Only the health and safety training courses linked to below or the courses offered through your CCR&Rs will be counted towards your required training hours for Division of Family Development (DFD)’s Subsidy Assistance Program Health and Safety Requirements.
Orientation Training: 2-hour training available at your local CCR&R . Topics include Office of Licensing (OOL) policy review, Business Practices, and Program Management;
Title: New Jersey Child Care Subsidy Health and Safety Training
Link: available online and in person at your local CCR&R.
Description: Click here for instructions on how to access the online training. Topics include Safe Spaces, Transportation Safety, Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials, Emergency Preparedness, Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease, Food and Allergic Reactions and How to Respond, Safe Sleep and SUIDS Prevention, Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome, an overview of Administration of Medication.
Title: Identifying Child Abuse & Neglect – Mandated Reporting in Early Care & Education
Link: Available online and in person at your local CCR&R.
Description: Click here for instructions on how to access the online training. Topics include Child Abuse and Neglect, Discipline, Mandated Reporting, and Child Maltreatment.
There is a limit to the number of active users we can have in the online training system at one time. Please do not register until you are ready to complete the training. Once you register you will have 1 week to complete the training, after which your account will be deactivated and you will be unable to access the module. Please make sure to complete the training within the 1-week window, or sooner if possible so that others can access the module.
Title : First Aid and CPR Training
Hours: Varies (approximately 6 hours)
Link: Available at local CCR&R or through an authorized training vendor.
Description: Topics include First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). FCC providers must be certified through one of the following recognized health organizations: American Heart Association; American Red Cross; National Safety Council or the Medic Pediatric Course or through your local CCR&R.
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