Where we Stand
  • Training makes a difference in the quality of care – to ensure that children are both safe and in a setting to promote their healthy development.
  • Require all paid child care providers (caring for unrelated children on a regular basis) to have a minimum of 40 hours of training in CPR & first aid, child development, child guidance (behavior), learning activities, recognizing and reporting child abuse, and basic health and safety practices prior to working with children.
  • Require all paid child care providers caring for unrelated children on a regular basis to attend at least 24 hours of ongoing training annually.
Issue Background

Child care providers have an enormous impact on children’s development. Research shows that better trained providers lead to higher quality care and more positive outcomes for children. A provider’s skill level helps determine whether children in care are safe and have the early learning experiences they need to succeed in school. Children in the care of inadequately prepared providers spend more of their day in aimless activity and show delays in language and social development. Yet many child care providers lack the training and education needed to provide a quality environment.

Training is important. Initial training helps ensure providers have a base of knowledge about how children develop before beginning to work with children. It also acquaints them with basic health and safety skills such as first aid and CPR, practices related to safe sleep position of infants, information about the danger of shaking babies and the prevention of other hazards such as children swallowing small objects or drowning in small amounts of water.

Annual training supports initial learning and helps providers improve their skills, deepen their understanding about how children learn and stay up-to-date in changes in health and safety practices. Annual training can also reduce the isolation of family child care providers.

Issue News
Iowa's child care rating system aimed at quality Nov 1, 2013 - The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) Oct. 31--Walk into Iowa City's Little Angel's Learning Center in Iowa City and you'll see many rooms with colorful toys. On Tuesday morning, a little girl in a pumpkin costume was playing with orange Play-Doh, and a group of children were making Halloween decorations at a table with their teacher, laughing and helping one another.