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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Training for Child Care Providers

Wisconsin's Prevent Violence Against Children Act requires child care providers and preschool teachers to attend an approved training on Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention. Click on the questions below to learn more about this training. 

 

Who must be trained?

Any licensee, operator, provider, employee, or substitute who provides care and supervision to children under age 5 in a certified or licensed child care center/home, including emergency back-up providers, and all persons providing care and supervision to children under age 5 in a child care program operated by a school district must receive training in Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), the effects of shaking a baby and ways to calm a crying, fussing or distraught child. This requirement does not apply to staff in academic programs operated by school districts such as 4-and 5-year old kindergarten programs and early childhood special education programs.

Volunteers working in licensed programs who are counted in staff-to-child ratios must have training in Shaken Baby Syndrome prior to working with children. Volunteers who are not counted in staff-to-child ratios, cooks, maintenance workers, and others who are not counted in the staff-to-child ratios are not required to receive the training.

When must the training be completed?

Persons/programs that begin working with children under age 5 must have completed training in SBS prior to working with children or becoming licensed or certified.

How were licensed child care providers notified of the new requirements for training in Shaken Baby Syndrome?

BRL Memo 2007-02 from Jill Chase, Director of the Bureau of Regulation and Licensing, was sent to all licensed child care centers on March 13, 2007. The memo explained the training requirements and provided information about the timelines for obtaining training.

What training will count towards meeting the requirements of the law?

A curriculum developed jointly by the former Children's Trust Fund, the former Department of Health and Family Services, and the Department of Workforce Development must be taken in order to meet the training requirements specified in the law. This training must be taught by a person who attended an SBS Train-the-Trainer session and who is listed on the list of approved trainers

Any training taken prior to February 12, 2007, or training offered after February 12, 2007, that did not use the new curriculum or was not taught by an approved instructor will not be accepted as meeting the training requirements, with the following exception:

The curriculum on Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention is included in the non-credit, Department-approved courses called Introduction to the Child Care Profession and Fundamentals of Infant and Toddler Care (not to be confused with the Fundamentals of Family Child Care course). The Assistant Child Care Teacher course and the Infant/Toddler course that result in a certificate of completion from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) also contain the required training. If a person took any of these courses after July 1, 2005, they have met the SBS training requirement.

Who may provide training in SBS?

Only persons who have participated in one of the Train-the-Trainer sessions sponsored by the former CTF, former DHFS, DWD, a Family Resource Center, or a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency are approved to offer the Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention training. A list is maintained of persons who have completed a Train-the-Trainer session and who are considered approved trainers. Training offered by persons/agencies that do not appear on this list will not be accepted as meeting the SBS training requirement.

What will be accepted as proof of having completed approved SBS training?

A training certificate issued by the person providing the training must be kept on file at the center or submitted to the certifying agency. The certificate must include all the following information:
 
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention training
  • Printed name of the person taking the training
  • Printed name of agency sponsoring the training
  • Date of training
  • Printed name of instructor
  • Signature of instructor

Are Registry Barcodes acceptable as documentation that training has been completed?

No, a training certificate with the following items identified -- Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention, printed name of participant, printed name of agency providing training, date of training, printed name of instructor, and instructor signature -- must be used to document training. Registry barcodes can be obtained from https://www.the-registry.org/myregistry/ and may be distributed with the training certificates, but a copy of the training certificate must be in a personnel/provider file as documentation that training has been completed.

Which entry-level non-credit Department-approved courses contain the required curriculum and will count as having met the SBS training requirement?

Agencies offering the Department-approved non-credit entry-level courses called Introduction to the Child Care Profession, Module A of the Introduction to the Child Care Profession course, and Fundamentals of Infant and Toddler Care have included the required SBS training since July 1, 2005. Either of these courses taken with a completion date after July 1, 2005, will meet the SBS training requirement.

May centers train their own staff? Or may certification workers train applicants for certification?

If an individual has completed a Train-the-Trainer session in the new curriculum and is on the list of approved trainers, the person may train staff at his/her center or train applicants for certification. Train-the-Trainer sessions are available from Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies around the state for center staff who wish to be approved to train others in their organization. The sessions are announced on The Registry's Statewide Training Calendar so that any interested program can access the Train-the-Trainer sessions and be added to the list of approved trainers.

I have a new staff person starting soon and an in-person, face-to-face class in Shaken Baby Syndrome is not immediately available. What are my options for ensuring that the person has obtained the SBS required training?

You have several options to ensure that staff have received the training before beginning work.

Option 1: You or someone from your organization may attend an SBS Prevention Train-the-Trainer session and become approved to offer the required SBS training. The approved trainer can provide the training before the person starts working with children under age 5.

Option 2: As an interim training option, the new staff person/provider could complete an online course before the person begins working with children and then complete an in-person, face-to-face course within 6 months of starting work. The approved online course is offered by Work and Family Consulting.

Option 3: As an interim training option, a new staff person/provider could watch one of the following videos (available for purchase or online at the listed link) before starting to work with children and then complete an in-person, face-to-face course within 6 months of beginning work. Acceptable videos that can be used to meet the interim training requirement include:

Portrait of Promise
This 11-minute DVD may be ordered online in a multi-language format - including English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong - from the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, 801-447-9360.

Never Shake a Baby - What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know
You may view Part 1 and Part 2 of this 18-minute video on YouTube.  

New York Loves Safe Babies
This video includes information on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The video can be ordered from New York or viewed on the web. A fast internet connection is needed. This video is available in Spanish.

Centers may borrow any of the above videos from the Wisconsin Child Care Information Center at 800-362-7353 or ccic@wi.gov

After viewing an interim training video, the person must sign a statement that includes the name of the video, date of review, and signature of the individual. This documentation must be placed in the person’s staff file.

Are there alternate methods rather than attending an in-person training (such as viewing a webcast, video or DVD) that will meet the training requirements?

Other than the interim training options outlined above that would allow a person to start working with children under age 5 before completing a face-to-face training in Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention, there are no alternatives to a face-to-face training currently available. Remember however, that a person who completed either the Introduction to the Child Care Profession or Fundamentals of Infant and Toddler Care course after July 1, 2005, has already received the approved training in SBS and no further training is required.

Is there a list of people/agencies that will come to my location to provide training to staff/providers?

The Child Care Information Centers maintains a list of all persons who are authorized to offer the Department-approved curriculum. In general, Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, Family Resource Centers, other training agencies such as the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, some technical colleges and other private agencies have sent instructors to the Train-the-Trainer sessions and are approved to offer training.

I received training in SBS prior to the law that took effect March 1, 2007, requiring SBS training. Will that training be accepted as meeting the requirements of the law?

No, training in SBS taken prior to March 1, 2007, will not be accepted as meeting the training requirements of the law with one exception. If a person took either the Introduction to the Child Care Profession or the Fundamentals of Infant and Toddler Care course after July 1, 2005, they have completed the required training. Any other training in SBS taken prior to March 1, 2007, or offered by a person not on the list of approved trainers will not be accepted as meeting the training requirement.

Can the SBS training count as continuing education?

Yes, the training may be counted toward meeting the required number of hours for annual continuing education. Keep in mind, however, that an in-person, face-to-face training is required before an individual begins working with children under age 5 unless one of the interim training options outlined above has been completed.

How often must a person have SBS training?

The law requires training prior to beginning to work with children. There is no requirement for a "refresher" course in SBS. However, licensed child care providers are required to have training every 2 years in child abuse and neglect identification and reporting procedures. Since SBS is a form of child abuse, it would be a good time to review information on SBS identification and prevention as part of this required training.

Can the training in Shaken Baby Syndrome count as the required training for child abuse and neglect?

The child care licensing rules require all persons working in a licensed child care center to obtain training every 2 years in child abuse and neglect identification and reporting procedures. Shaken Baby Syndrome is a form of child abuse. The training in SBS includes information about the symptoms or identifiers for Shaken Baby Syndrome. It does not cover other identifiers for child abuse or neglect. Therefore, unless additional information related to child abuse and neglect identification and reporting procedures is included in the Shaken Baby Syndrome training, the SBS training will not count as meeting the requirements for training in child abuse and neglect identification and reporting.