A New Plan May Increase Child Care Employee Training

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Dana Clary is a teacher with experience at Mahan Preschool. Years ago she was hired by a day care but had no experience in taking care of young ones.

"When I started working I didn't have training at all. It was more of someone taking a chance and hiring me."

Neither Florida nor Georgia requires child care workers to have training before they're employed in day care. That has some parents concerned.

Lori Womack is one of those parents.

"I wouldn't like to know that I had a provider coming in to take care of my child with no training," she said.

In Florida new employees are able to work with children right away, but have 90 days after their date of hire to enroll in training courses.

Some day care directors like Laura Smith say that is unacceptable.

"If you want to go into a certain field you normally get trained to do it, so why should child care be any different? You should have the training when you walk in the door. What I would say is urge the directors to not hire the people that don't have the training. Make that your policy."

Now the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies is trying to change these policies with a new plan. One main focus would make child care training mandatory before an employee's first day of work.

The new plan also focuses on developing wage incentives and bonuses that reward child care providers with more training.