CCDF Eligibility Requirement Makes Child Development Knowledge a Priority

Complete Child or School-Age Child Development Training by September 30 to Maintain Eligibility

The federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Act 2014 mandates that states ensure that CCDF-eligible providers participate in a training on child development. The new law requires this training for all caregivers, teachers and directors for all licensed providers, with a deadline of September 30, 2017, for compliance.

child development ccdf eligibility requirementWhat does this mean for Indiana’s CCDF-eligible providers?

There are two key things to understand about this requirement. The first is how to meet the expectations of the state. The second is how to document the trainings and what happens if programs do not meet this requirement by September 30, 2017.

Paths to Meet Child Development Requirement

In Indiana, to maintain CCDF eligibility, child care and early childhood programs must ensure that all staff meet this requirement. There are three paths that programs are likely to follow to meet this expectation.

  • Path 1: Many providers included “Child Development” and/or “School Age Child Development” in staff trainings within the Health and Safety modules released in 2016. If all staff took either of these courses, the requirement has been met.
  • Path 2: If staff need to complete this requirement, they can take the training either online at Training Central or in person at your local child care resource and referral agency. Caregivers should select “Child Development” if they work with children aged birth to five years, and those who work with school-age children should complete “School Age Child Development.”
  • Path 3: Staff who have already earned degrees or credentials or completed higher education coursework may be able to use these as documentation to meet this training requirement. Documentation must be in the form of a training certificate for (CDA work) or a college transcript from an accredited college or university that includes a course on child development.
Requirement Documentation & Information on Non-Compliance

Training documentation should be kept with your staff training records. Staff from the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning will begin checking compliance for the child development training requirement beginning October 1, 2017, during inspections. If a non-compliance is cited, the provider will need to submit a written plan to their consultant or PES inspector on how the provider will correct the insufficiency and come into compliance with the training requirement. If a provider is not in compliance, it may affect the status of their license, registration or CCDF eligibility.

Have questions?

Your Paths to Quality coach or local child care resource and referral agency can help you to understand and meet the training requirement.


Joslyn Hurm-Sullivan is Partnerships for Early Learners’ deputy director of training and professional development. She supports the ongoing development and implementation of training and other learning opportunities for early childhood professionals across Indiana.