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Virginia Preservice Training for Child Care Staff - Virginia's Health and Safety Training

This FREE online course introduces child care staff to important health and safety information and also addresses other areas such as child development, inclusion, Virginia resources, and Virginia's Subsidy and Licensing Programs. Participants will earn a 10-hour training certificate upon completion and CEU's! Completion of the training is required for all staff who work in a program that receives State Child Care Subsidy Program funds, but all Virginia child care staff are welcome and strongly encouraged to take this FREE course. Please check with your employer to determine if your program receives Subsidy funds and you are required to complete the training.

The Virginia Department of Social Services is partnering with Pennsylvania State University's Better Kid Care Program to bring this course to you. To access the course, click on the course title above. If you already have an account with Better Kid Care, sign in to On-Demand, and select "Virginia Preservice Training for Child Care Staff". If you have not used Better Kid Care's website before, you will need to register as a new customer first, and then select the title of the course from their alphabetical listing. Start Training

The Virginia Department of Social Services is committed to improving the health, safety, and well-being of over 400,000 children and vulnerable adults served in over 6,700 regulated care settings through a comprehensive program of regulatory oversight and related provider services. We also play an important role in the training and development of staff in adult and child care facilities.

Our Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development (OECD) is committed to both the quality, availability and affordability of child care in Virginia. The Department provides guidance and support to parents, child care providers and the community to ensure safe, healthy and caring environments for children.

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The Child Care VA site combines a wealth of knowledge in a variety of areas including licensing, legislation, child care options and guidance, search tools and much more.


  • Find quality, licensed child care
  • Learn the benefits of licensed child care
  • Discover your child care and early learning options
  • Apply for financial assistance
  • Look through an array of resources, and more


  • Become a licensed provider
  • Learn the new provider requirements
  • Become a subsidy provider
  • Receive training and professional development, and more

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