Health and Safety Training FAQS

Health and Safety Training Requirements for CCDBG

There is a new requirement of Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization of 2014 which funds the Child Care Subsidy Program.  All Child Care Subsidy Program providers are required to take basic health and safety training addressing specific subject areas. Completion of this training is required for Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP) providers to assure continuation of subsidy payment. The federal requirement of completion of basic health and safety training applies to all directors, teachers, and caregivers providing direct care (including Legal Exempt providers) according to their MRTQ Registry status in child care settings that are enrolled as Child Care Subsidy Program providers.

It is important for you to know that this training will need to be completed in order to continue to serve families using the Child Care Subsidy Program. We are pleased to announce that in partnership with DHHS Office of Child and Family Services, Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network will continue to offer the Better Kid Care Health and Safety Basics training to you at no cost. When you hire new employees, they have 90 days to take the training.

Maine Roads to Quality Professional Development Network (MRTQ PDN) has an agreement with Better Kid Care (BKC) at PennState Extension to offer Maine practitioners a 6-hour, on demand, online training titled Health & Safety Basics: Requirements for Certification.”  The Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) has determined that this training will meet the requirement for health and safety training.

Currently, the 6-hour training is FREE to employees of CCSP providers.  The training costs are being paid through the agreement between MRTQ PDN and Better Kid Care. You will need to enter the Maine code upon completion of the training in order to print your certificate at no cost.  Better Kid Care will inform the MRTQ PDN as individual practitioners use the code completing the training.

 In addition to the option of child care practitioners completing the Better Kid Care Health and Safety Basics: Requirements for Certification individually, child care owners/directors may choose to have their staff complete the training together as a staff professional development day, or in a series of shorter staff meetings. In order to complete the training as a full staff training, please contact Eric Norgaard at (207) 780-4367 or email for instructions for completion.




How do I sign up?

This flyer explains the steps for signing up for this training.

For best results, it is recommended that you use Chrome or Firefox as the web browser to complete the training.  It is not recommended that you complete the training on your cell phone.

You do not need to submit any documentation for this training if you use the code on the flyer; your participation is recorded by Better Kid Care and sent to the MRTQ Registry for all MRTQ Registry Members. Completion of the training is reported monthly to the Child Care Subsidy Program.  We recommend that you keep a record of your participation for your files. If you choose not to use the code, you will need to send the MRTQ Registry a copy of your certificate.


What is this training all about?

“Health & Safety Basics: Requirements for Certification” is a 6-hour online training created to meet the requirements outlined in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) re-authorization of 2014. The required topic areas are:

  1. Safety of buildings and physical spaces
  2. Transportation safety
  3. Handling and storage of hazardous materials
  4. Emergency preparedness
  5. Prevention and control of infectious disease
  6. How to respond to food and allergic reactions
  7. Administration of medication
  8. Shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma
  9. Safe sleep and SUID prevention

Once you enroll, you can complete the six hours of training at your own pace. Each time you log in, you can pick up where you left off.

* Note that the 10th required topic area is Pediatric CPR and Pediatric First Aid training, which will NOT be included in the Better Kid Care training.

Pediatric First Aid and CPR Resources:

Emergency Management by County in Maine:

211 Maine:

Local fire station, ambulance service, and/or hospitals

* Courses must have a hands on component of training


What’s in it for me?

Currently, the training is FREE to CCSP providers. For License Exempt providers, this will allow you to become a Level 1 on the MRTQ Registry License Exempt Career Lattice.

Completing this training will award you six contact hours toward your annual requirement for licensing and certification, you will be qualified to care for children and youth receiving a CCDP subsidy, and you will gain information to support your program in providing a safe and healthy environment for children.


Who do I call if I have problems logging onto the training?

Please contact Eric Norgaard at MRTQ PDN at (207) 780-4367 or email MRTQ PDN office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. Messages and emails will be returned as soon as possible.

For technical support with the Better Kids Care website, you can call (800) 452-9108.


Who do I call if I have questions related to why this is a new requirement?

Please call the Child Care Services Program Manager at the Office of Child and Family Services, Crystal Arbour at (207) 626-8683 or email

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