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.