To be eligible for the $1,000 Hiring and Retention Bonus Grant, you must comply with training requirements set forth by Child Care Development Block Grant Reauthorization (CCDBG). You must complete these trainings, even if you do not accept, or plan to accept, state subsidies.

The NJ Department of Children and Families, Office of Licensing has different requirements from CCDBG. For example, you may have two staff in your center who have already completed the First Aid and Pediatric CPR Training for licensing. But in order to receive this grant, you must comply with CCDBG training requirements, which requires that all directors and caregivers/teaching staff complete First Aid and Pediatric CPR Training. 

Below are the training requirements you must comply with to receive grants funds.



In New Jersey, all child care and early learning programs that accept, or wish to accept, child care subsidies must comply with the requirements set forth by Child Care Development Block Grant Reauthorization (CCDBG). This includes completing the following CCDBG-required trainings. These trainings are required for all licensed or registered programs including center-based programs, home-based programs and summer youth camps.

Home-based providers (this includes family child care and family, friend and neighbor care) have additional requirements. These additional requirements for home-based providers are listed below.

If you repeat the training modules for CCDBG required training, you will not receive additional training hours or a new certificate. Staff transitioning from school year care to summer care or vice versa are not required to repeat CCDBG required training requirements.

New Jersey’s CCDBG trainings are required to be completed once. These are foundational and provide basic information on health and safety. You are encouraged to take progressive training that will provide information that builds on this basic knowledge of health and safety and enhances your own professional development.

Health, Safety and Child Growth and Development

Hours: 8 hours

Cost: Free

Description: Health, Safety, and Child Growth and Development provides an overview of nine of the required health and safety topics plus basic child development information for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). Participants will access important health and safety information and resources, view and reflect upon videos and animations, engage in interactive activities, complete quick knowledge checks, and make plans to apply what they've learned in their work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, or school-age children.

How to take this training: This training is available through the NJ Workforce Registry. Login to NJCCIS and search for "Health, Safety, and Child Growth and Development" or you can search by the Class ID.
Class ID for English: 100762
Class ID for Spanish: 101561

Weekly cohorts are offered and participants will have two weeks to complete the course. In addition to the online training, this training is also available at the local county based CCR&R either in person or “live” virtually.  Please visit for additional offerings from the CCR&Rs.

Additional Information: This training has evolved over the years, if you took any of the trainings listed below you do not need to retake this training:
  • Health and Safety Basics: Requirements for Certification - Better Kid Care
  • New Jersey Child Care Subsidy Health and Safety Training - Better Kid Care
  • NJ Health and Safety Basics: Birth to Preschool - Better Kid Care
  • NJ Health and Safety Basics: School Age and Summer Camp
  • NJ Básicos de Salud y Seguridad: Nacimiento a Edad Preescolar (NJ Health and Safety Basics: Birth to Preschool)
  • NJ Básicos de Salud y Seguridad: Edad Escolar y Campamento de Verano (NJ Health and Safety Basics: School Age and Summer Camp)


Identifying Child Abuse and Neglect - Mandated Reporting in Early Care and Education

Hours: 2 hours. IMPORTANT NOTE: You must complete the training in one sitting. Progress will not be saved if you exit, close or refresh the training.

Cost: Free

Description: Step-by-Step Instructions (en español). Topics include Child Abuse and Neglect, Discipline, Mandated Reporting, and Child Maltreatment. Please Note: There is no registration required to take this training - in order for you to receive credit you must complete the Attendance Confirmation Form on the last slide of the training. There are WARNINGS about this feature in the first few slides of the training, at the end of the training and in the instruction guides above. If you have any issues accessing the training, you may contact: [email protected].

How to take this training: Available online Opens in new window (en español). Once you complete and submit the attendance confirmation form you will receive an email confirming your completion. This will take the place of a certificate. If you provided your NJ Workforce Registry ID# in the form, your certificate will be uploaded into the system within 2-3 weeks. The training platform is compatible with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome and can be completed on your PC, tablet or phone. Do not use Internet Explorer.

First Aid and Pediatric CPR Training

Hours: Varies

Cost: Varies

Description: Topics include First Aid and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Child care center staff have the option to attend a First Aid/Pediatric CPR training course offered through their local CCR&R or attend/hire a certified trainer/vendor. The trainer/vendor must be certified by a recognized health organization. The Pediatric CPR training course must offer a hands-on skills practice. Examples of a few of the recognized health organizations are: American Safety and Health Institute, American Red Cross, and the American Heart Association.

How to take this training: First Aid and Pediatric CPR training is usually offered in person. However, during the public health crisis, hybrid models may be available. Contact your local CCR&R or authorized training vendor for more information.

Additional Home-Based Program Requirements (for Subsidy Only)

All home-based providers (FCC and FFN) must complete the above required training as well as completing the following:
1. Orientation Training 2-hour training. Available at your local CCR&R. Topics include Office of Licensing (OOL) policy review, Business Practices, and Program Management;
2. Complete items needed to meet CCDBG reauthorization;
Begin application for FCC Registration (if applicable);
Complete the required Health and Safety Training Topics as listed above; and
Complete FCC Registration including home inspection.

If you have questions or need additional information, contact your local CCR&R.