October 31, 2018

Applies to: Child Care Centers

Child Care Licensing DOES NOT require Active Shooter training hours nor do the Minimum Standards contain the language "active shooter". Employees are required to be familiar with your center's emergency preparedness plan as part of their orientation (§746.1303) and receive additional annual training (§746.1309) on emergency preparedness.

746.1303. What must orientation for employees at my child-care center include?

(4) An overview of the procedures to follow in handling emergencies, which includes sharing the emergency preparedness plan with all employees. Emergencies may include, but are not limited to, fire, explosion, tornado, toxic fumes, volatile persons, and severe injury or illness of a child or adult;

746.1309. What areas of training must the annual training for caregivers cover?

(e) While there are no clock hour requirements for the topics in this subsection, the annual training hours must also include training on the following topics:

(1) Emergency preparedness

Child Care Licensing developed TA documents, Emergency Plan – Active Shooter and Active Shooter Resources, based on free resources from The Department of Homeland Security and FEMA. ;The TA documents may be used in part or whole if a center needs the assistance. They are not required. The Department of Homeland Security also has FREE training and technical assistance available online.

Please also note, the director may only sign training certificates if they meet the trainer requirements in 746.1317. Otherwise, training certificates should be provided by the training source.

746.1317. Must the training for my caregivers and the director meet certain criteria?

(b) Training may include clock hours or CEUs obtained through self-instructional materials, if the materials were developed by a person who meets one of the qualifications in subsection (a) of this section.

(c) Instructor-led and self-instructional training, but not self-study training, must include:

(1) Specifically stated learning objectives;

(2) A curriculum, which includes experiential or applied activities;

(3) An evaluation/assessment tool to determine whether the person has obtained the information necessary to meet the stated objectives; and

(4) A certificate of successful completion from the training source.

Please contact your Licensing representative if you have questions regarding professional development/training. Additional resources for training can be found with the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System and Texas Trainer Registry