Child Care — Most Frequently Asked Questions
- I'd like to submit for review a training program to teach first aid, CPR, and/ or preventive health and safety to child care providers. How do I do this?
You will need to submit a complete application for training program review, an application fee of $240 and the course materials from your training program. You may view and download the applications for first aid/CPR and preventive health and safety from the EMS Authority’s website. To access the application click on the childcare link. Note that first aid and CPR are together on one application, and preventive health and safety has a separate application. You may also view the regulations that govern these programs on this same web page. Click on the link “Regulations for Child Care Providers.” If you cannot download an application or the document that you need, you may call the EMS Authority at (916) 322-4336, extension 470, and leave your name, address, telephone number, and which application or document you want. We’ll send you the application or document and a copy of the regulations for the specific program to which you are applying.
It is important that you read the entire regulations document before you apply. These regulations are the standards for the training programs, and provide the rules for participating in the program. Compliance with these regulations is mandatory for all approved programs.
- Are there any fees associated with the childcare training program?
Yes. The review and approval fees are $240 for a first aid/CPR training program and $240 for a preventive health and safety training program. Once a program is approved, renewal fees are $240 every two years. There are also fees to purchase stickers that are required to be affixed to student completion cards or certificates. The cost is $3.00 per sticker for first aid, CPR, and preventive health and safety stickers.
- Who can order Childcare Course Completion Stickers?
Any current EMS Authority approved childcare first aid, CPR and/or preventive health training program or their affiliates can order Childcare Course Completion stickers. A current EMS Authority approved training program is a training program whose expiration date has not passed. The EMS Authority will not sell Childcare Course Completion stickers to training programs whose training program approval has passed. Affiliates are instructors or business affiliates who use the EMS Authority approved curriculum of their parent training program to train childcare providers in pediatric first aid, CPR, or preventive health training. Approved training programs are considered parent programs if they have affiliate instructors or training business affiliates. Parent training programs must submit lists of their affiliates to the EMS Authority and these lists determine which affiliates are eligible to purchase stickers.
- What do Childcare Course Completion Stickers cost? Is there a minimum order?
Childcare Course Completion Stickers are $3.00 each, payable by credit card, check or money order made out to the TPA Fund. Cash is not accepted. There is no minimum number of stickers you must order.
- What is the time frame for processing Course Completion Sticker orders?
There is no guaranteed time frame to process Course Completion Stickers, only an estimate. The current estimate is two weeks (14 days) from the date you mail the sticker order to the EMS Authority. The EMS Authority recommends that training programs plan ahead for their course completion sticker needs because of the turn-around time for sticker orders.
- How do I order Childcare Course Completion Stickers?
The order form is available on the EMS Authority’s web page. Once in the web page, there is a link on the right titled “Child Care Training Program Information”. Click it and you will see a page with publications, one of them being “Child Care Course Completion Stickers Order Form”. Follow the instructions at the top of the form. If you are not using the form, a letter is also acceptable as long as it contains your name, business name or program name, address and which training program you are an affiliate of, if applicable. Walk in orders at the EMS Authority are also acceptable. Phone-in sticker orders or sticker orders without payment will not be accepted. The EMS Authority accepts credit card, checks and money orders only. Please make the check or money order out to TPA Fund. The EMS Authority does not accept cash.
- Who must turn in class rosters to the EMS Authority?
All training programs that are issuing course completion stickers (this requirement excludes the American Red Cross for first aid/CPR and the American Heart Association for first aid and CPR) must send class rosters to the EMS Authority.
- Do I need to complete all information on the class rosters?
Yes, complete names, addresses, phone numbers, and course completion sticker numbers are required.
- On the roster, it asks for “EMSA Approved Training Program”…what do I write or type there?
Where the roster asks for “EMSA Approved Training Program”, please write or type the name of your business or your program name. This information is used to identify you to the EMS Authority, so write the business or program name you use with the EMS Authority.
- I am an instructor of first aid and CPR for the American Red Cross. Do I still need to go through the EMS Authority program approval process?
If you are an instructor for the American Red Cross (ARC), and will be providing the appropriate ARC course for pediatric first aid and CPR for child care providers, then you do not need to go through the EMS Authority’s review and approval process for first aid and CPR programs. The American Red Cross is exempt from EMS Authority requirements for child care provider pediatric first aid and CPR.
- I am an instructor of first aid and CPR for the American Heart Association. Do I need to go through the EMS Authority review and approval process?
If you are a CPR instructor for the American Heart Association (AHA), and will be providing the appropriate AHA pediatric first aid and CPR course to child care providers, then you do not need to go through the EMS Authority review and approval process for CPR programs. The American Heart Association is exempt from EMS Authority requirements for child care provider pediatric first aid and CPR.
- May I submit an application for a first aid curriculum only?
Yes. If you are already a CPR instructor for the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association, but would like to teach your own pediatric first aid training, then you may submit only the first aid portion of the application and your first aid curriculum, along with your $240 check or money order.
- I'm a child care provider and I need to take first aid, CPR, and preventive health training. Where can I get this training?
You may go to the EMS Authority website may then click on the list of programs that you need, either first aid, CPR or preventive health. These lists will contain the names of EMS Authority approved first aid/CPR and preventive health programs. If you cannot locate a training program in your community, you may call us at (916) 322-4336, extension 470, to receive a referral. We have a list of EMSA-approved programs that have instructors who provide the training throughout California. These programs will be able to direct you to an appropriate local course.
- Do you have information regarding the training standards for child care providers on the Internet?
Yes. The first aid/CPR and preventive health and safety applications, regulations, and approved program lists are posted on the EMS Authority website. Additionally, the first aid asthma curriculum, sticker order forms, and other informational documents are posted on the Internet under the Childcare Training Program Information link.
- I’d like to submit for review a training program to teach first aid and CPR to school bus drivers. How do I do this?
You will need to submit a complete application and application fee of $500 and the course materials for your training program. You may go on-line to the EMS Authority website to view and download the application for school bus driver first aid/CPR training programs. The website is here. Click on the child care link. If you cannot download an application, you may call the EMS Authority at (916) 322-4336, extension 441, and leave your name, address, telephone number, and which application you want. We’ll send you an application and a copy of the regulations for the school bus driver program.
- Are there any fees to apply for the school bus driver training program?
Yes. The application and review fee for a school bus driver first aid and CPR training program is $500. Once a program is approved, renewal fees are $500 every four years. There are no stickers required for this program.
- I am a child care provider. If I have questions regarding licensing or auditing of my child care business, do I contact the EMS Authority?
No. For questions regarding child care licensing or auditing of your child care business, you should contact your local county Community Care Licensing (CCL) office. To locate your local county CCL office telephone number, refer to the CCL web page.