New Child Care Trainer Requirements
Senate Bill 265, passed by the 82nd Legislature, requires that all training must be relevant to the age of the children in care and be provided by a trainer who meets certain criteria.
Trainer Requirements beginning January 1, 2012
All training must be delivered by a trainer who meets one of the following requirements:
- Is currently listed on the Texas Trainer Registry;
- Is an instructor at a high school, college or university who teaches early childhood development or another relevant course;
- Works for a state agency with relevant expertise (such as Child Care Licensing, Department of Agriculture, Department of State Health Services);
- Is a physician, psychologist, licensed professional counselor, social worker, or registered nurse;
- Holds a generally recognized credential or possesses documented knowledge relevant to the training the person will provide (such as an individual who has a current Child Care Professional credential, a firefighter who offers training on fire safety, a county health employee who offers training on immunizations);
- Is a director or primary caregiver of a registered or licensed child-care home in good standing with DFPS and who:
- Has demonstrated core knowledge in child development and caregiving and
- Is only providing training at the center or home in which the director or primary caregiver and the persons receiving training are employed; or
- Has at least two years of experience working in a child development program and
- Has a current Child Development Associate (CDA); or
- Has at least an associate's degree in child development, early childhood education, or a related field.
What Does This Mean for My Program?
- You will need to ensure that all training you and your staff receive beginning January 1, 2012, is provided by a trainer who meets the new trainer criteria.
- You will need to verify that the trainer meets the criteria.
- Appropriate documentation must be kept on file in each employee's personnel record available for review by Licensing.
- Examples of acceptable documentation may include the trainer's Texas Trainer Registry number (this is often listed on the training certificate), a letter from the trainer, or the trainer's resume.