Training Requirements

Family, Friends and Neighbor (FFN) non-relative providers have new training requirements for health and safety and recording attendance if they are serving children receiving Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) subsidy. The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is adding new required training to FFN rules to meet state and federal laws.

The Imagine Institute

The Imagine Institute offers required training for FFN providers that are serving children receiving state subsidy including the mandatory Health and Safety training for non-relative FFN providers and Electronic Attendance System training.

To learn more about trainings offered and registration, visit their website or call 206-492-5249.

Health and Safety Training

Starting October 1, 2018, current FFN non-relative providers serving children receiving Working Connections Child Care subsidy have 90 days to complete and record agency-approved health and safety training that includes a health and safety overview, safe sleep if caring for infants or toddlers and CPR/First-Aid/Bloodborne Pathogens.

Below is a list of all required trainings. If you completed Child Care Basics or the Initial Certificate, you meet the federal health and safety training requirements and do not need to complete the DCYF-approved Health and Safety Training. Instead, review the Child Health and Safety Supplemental Guide for an overview of the updated information:

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Training Ways to complete it How to begin
DCYF Approved Health & Safety Training
  • Online
  • In-person 
DCYF Safe Sleep Training
  • Online
First Aid, Infant CPR, and Bloodborne Pathogens
  • In-person,
    hands on

You can also find training in your local community through fire departments, the Red Cross, etc.

Electronic Attendance Training Requirements

Starting July 1, 2018 all providers (relative and non-relative) accepting Working Connections Child Care Subsidies are required to track attendance using an electronic attendance system. If a provider is using the DCYF purchased system (KinderConnect), they must complete the Electronic Attendance System Training. See below for information on how to complete training.

Training Ways to complete it How to begin
Electronic Attendance System Training
  • In-person
  • Online
  • Self-pace Correspondence

Find detailed information on the Electronic Attendance System implementation timeline

How to Complete Training

Prior to taking training:

  • Be sure you have a STARS ID. Need a STARS ID? Get one when you register in MERIT.
  • Step-by-Step Guide - detailed instructions on how to create an account.

Completing Online Trainings

Sign in and take online trainings at the Online Training Portal.

  • Need to create an account? Click "I am a new student and need a username and password". You will need an email address and your STARS ID.
  • Forgot your username or password? Click "forgot username or password" to reset your information.