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Staff Training

Texas law requires that child care workers have at least a High School Diploma or GED. Once hired, each caregiver and teacher must complete 24 clock hours of training in child development and/or early childhood education each year. Caregivers of infants and toddlers must also receive annual instruction on infant brain development and the prevention of SIDS and Shaken Baby Syndrome. Kitchen personnel and others involved in food preparation receive special training pertaining to food safety and must have a current Food Handler’s Card issued by the City of Richardson. Special training for van drivers is also a part of the training spectrum.

Additionally, each staff must also have current certification in CPR and First Aid.

The current training requirement for child care center directors is 30 hours per year and adds the business dimension to the above mentioned areas of training.

Many excellent training opportunities are offered through local colleges and universities as well as through such organization as DAPE, DAEYC and Camp Fire. Some of the training is provided right at The Village School during staff meetings and classroom mentoring. Staff is compensated for training hours.