Training - Enhancing the Work Force

The goal of training is to ensure an enhanced and skilled workforce and a safe environment for Boise’s children. The following training information provides the requirements for licensing child care workers and facility owners/directors.  

Annual Training Requirements (General)

Child care facility directors and workers have various vocational, academic, and experience levels. To allow formal education to count in place of experience for teacher level, the degree must be in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or Psychology. Education and experience are reviewed each year and establish the level of teacher and number of training hours required to obtain/maintain a child care facility or child care worker license. All child care facility directors and workers need to meet training standards based on their designated teacher level.

This training will include areas such as childhood development, education, psychology, business management, safety and health (including CPR and First Aid). These areas are further defined in the Ten Core Knowledge Components for Early Care and Education. Copies of training certificates must be included by the provider with all renewal applications.  New license holders have one year to meet training requirements, with the exclusion of CPR and First Aid which are required upon application.

Level Experience Hours of Required Training
Level I      Less than 5 years; No formal degree      14 Hours
Level II   5-10 years; Associate's degree 10 Hours
Level III 10+ years; BA degree 8 Hours

Annual CPR and First Aid Training

All child care workers and directors are required to maintain current adult, child, and infant CPR and First Aid certification from the American Heart Association, American Safety and Health Institute, or the American Red Cross.

  • CPR and First Aid must be renewed annually.
  • These classes will also count toward 6 hours of yearly training requirements.

Healthy Initiatives Training

Annual training hours, which vary depending on experience and education, are required for all child care workers and facility owners. Included in these hours is a free, one-time, four-hour Healthy Child Care Initiatives Training course. This training is a requirement of licensing and does count toward the total number of annual training hours. The goal is to provide training that will help educate and provide the necessary tools for each facility to successfully implement Healthy Child Care Initiatives.  

*All child care facilities accredited from one of the following programs are exempt from the Healthy Initiatives training and inspection requirements: National Association for the Education of Young Children; National Association for Family Child Care; or Accredited Montessori Schools as defined in Boise City Code § 5-33-06(D).