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Title 4 . Education and Early Development
Chapter 62 . (Repealed)
Section 250. Orientation and training

4 AAC 62.250. Orientation and training

(a) A child care facility with one or more employees shall provide an orientation to each caregiver that includes

(1) the child care facility's policies and procedures;

(2) satisfying special needs of specific children, where appropriate;

(3) emergency procedures and health and safety measures;

(4) the responsibilities of the caregiver; and

(5) the requirements of 4 AAC 62.005 - 4 AAC 62.605.

(b) The orientation required in (a) of this section must begin at the time of employment, or the effective date of a contract for a caregiver under contract, and be completed within the succeeding eight weeks.

(c) Training hours required in this section are clock hours and, except as provided in (d) of this section, may include any training that is relevant to the caregiver's job responsibilities, such as health and safety, child growth and development, planning learning activities, guidance and discipline techniques, linkages with community services, communication and relations with families, detecting and reporting child abuse and neglect, and other topics as appropriate. Documentation must include the date, subject, method of training, duration, and the name of the individual who conducted the training.

(d) For a caregiver providing care for infants and toddlers, one hour of the annual training required in (f) and (g) of this section must cover

(1) recognizing and preventing shaken baby syndrome;

(2) preventing sudden infant death syndrome; and

(3) identifying infant and toddler developmental levels and needs.

(e) Except when a substitute caregiver is providing care in a child care home for a period of 30 days or less, a child care facility shall have on duty at all times at least one caregiver with a valid first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification, unless the courses for these certifications are not usually available in the community in which the child care facility is located. If certification courses are not usually available, the child care facility shall enroll one or more employees in the first available first aid and CPR certification course offered in the community. A currently certified emergency medical or trauma technician on duty satisfies the requirements of this subsection. A caregiver of young children shall enroll in infant and child (pediatric) first aid and CPR in a community where infant and child first aid and CPR are usually available.

(f) A child care center shall ensure that each caregiver, other than a volunteer, a child care associate, and an administrator receives a minimum of 20 hours of training a year. The 20 hours must be in addition to

(1) orientation required under (a) of this section; and

(2) training in CPR and first aid required under (e) of this section.

(g) A caregiver in a child care home shall complete a minimum of 12 hours of training annually. The 12 hours must be in addition to

(1) orientation required under (a) of this section; and

(2) training in CPR and first aid required under (e) of this section.

(h) repealed 10/4/2002.

(i) A caregiver in a child care group home shall complete a minimum of 20 hours of training annually. The 20 hours must be in addition to

(1) orientation required under (a) of this section; and

(2) training in CPR and first aid required under (e) of this section.

(j) A caregiver may count orientation and pre-service training hours required under 4 AAC 62.030(a) that exceed six hours toward caregiver training hours required under (f), (g), and (i) of this section.

History: Eff. 1/1/96, Register 136; am 3/1/98, Register 145; am 2/8/2002, Register 161; am 10/4/2002, Register 163

Authority: AS 14.37.020

AS 14.37.070


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