Options for Pediatric First Aid and Pediatric CPR Training Requirements

Announcement C-22-01: Pediatric First Aid and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training Requirements and Access to Free Training through Early Childhood Education Professional Development Organizations (ECE PDOs) from the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Bureau of Early Learning Policy and Professional Development and Bureau of Certification. This Announcement clarifies the updated guidance on the federal requirements for Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), health and safety training requirements that all child care providers must complete pediatric first aid and pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. It also clarifies that pediatric first aid and pediatric CPR training must be completed before child care staff can care for children unsupervised, as well as inform child care providers about the Early Childhood Education Professional Development Organizations (ECE PDOs) role for providing access to free, Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) approved, Pediatric First Aid and Pediatric CPR training.

Latest Updates

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – Update from February 2022

The American Red Cross (ARC) has updated its pediatric course offerings (ARC no longer offers a “one-year provisional” course). These Pediatric First AID/CPR/AED options are currently available from American Red Cross:

  • ARC Instructor-Led Course: Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
  • ARC Blended Learning Course: Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED (includes Online course AND hands-on Skills Session with an instructor).

NOTE: American Red Cross is permitting the Blended Learning Course to be completed with a “virtual” Skills Session, provided the required equipment is used, including manikins. Completion of the Blended Learning Course, which includes the Online course AND the virtual Skills Session, leads to the American Red Cross OSHA compliant final certification (the virtual Skills Session must be completed within 90 days from the date the Online course is completed to achieve final certification).

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – Update from February 2022

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers an onsite and hybrid course, Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers (PedFACTs), which includes Pediatric First Aid/CPR, emergency medical services (EMS) and automated external defibrillator (AED). The onsite course requires an online pretest, 4-hour classroom, and a final examination. The hybrid course requires an online pretest, self-directed online modules (about 2 hours), online final examination, and attending a 2-hour hands-on skills practice with instructor interaction[1].

The PedFACTS course is being discontinued as of March 31, 2022. The PedFACTS certification is valid for 2 years from the date of the PedFACTS course completion, as long as the PedFACTS course occurs on or before March 31, 2022. If certification is needed after March 31, 2022, it is recommended to seek an alternative approved course in the PD Registry.

Approved Instructors from Early Childhood Education Professional Development Organizations (ECE PDOs)

Organization: Pacific Medical
Curriculum: AHA Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid & CPR

Instructors:

Judy Haluka
Ilene Castro
Tim O’Connor
Rodney Millspaugh
Janis Miller
Michael J. Goldberg
Caroline Lowe
Jonathan Smith
Auria Bradley
Steven J Kulick
Jim Kifer
Dara Groff
Vanessa Stack-Smith
Dana Booth
Patti Dobich
Jason Abuiso
Lynn Chiaramonte
Chimeria M.Terrell
James Schwartz
Katelyn Spangler
Brett Mitchell
Matthew Warner
Scott Spangler
Dariusz Wolman
Stephanie Griffith
Douglas Harper
Randy Zeger
Christal Blakeslee
Pat Flesher
David Dickerson
Kristen Lngley
Robert J Selbi
Katy Love
Greg Shearer
David Kotz
Teresa Bennett
Kerry Dempsey
James Hennessey
Mark Cohen
Gladys Rodriguez
Dawn Buck
Chuck Holmes
John Miles
Jacquelene Carter
Jeffrey Guiddy
Bob Stark
August J. Becker
Amy Herman
Bob Beers
Tina Aumiller
Eric Dawkins
Jessica Birbeck
Vonda Barber
Cheryl Kerlavage
Bruce Lutz
C.R. Stokes Jr
Adam Marden
Noah Williams-Morrill
Jocelyn Valentin-Miller
Mindy Stohon
Mary Ketterman
Jamie Long
Daniel Robinson
Cynde Laverick
Serena Barnes
Robert Kratz
Carmen Passaniti
Terry Faunce
Dawna Barna
Kelly Walker
Howard Woodruff
Uma Yoganathan
Jefferson Stehle, BSN, RN
Lindy Cabrera
Melanie Weaver
Alan Sementelli
Carl Kent
Donna Werts
John P. Duke
Bethany Altieri
Gordon Palmer
Eric Youshock
Lynda Coates
Joey Kelly
Edward J Burrell Jr
Rick Dauria
Betty Ahearn
Doug Walker
Sean Gallagher
Scott Blakiewicz
David Macher
Steven Devenney

Organization: Child Care Professional Network (CCPN)
Curriculum: American Safety and Health Institute Pediatric First Aid, CPR, and AED

Instructors:
Michelle Stevens
Anice Dickerson

Organization: Dickerson & Associates Education Services
Curriculum: AHA Heart Saver Pediatric First Aid with Child-Infant CPR; Health and Safety Institute

Instructors:
Michelle Stevens
Anice Dickerson
Terry Means-Waites

Organization: Patrick Farley
Curriculum: American Heart Association; Health and Safety Institute

Instructors:
Patrick Farley

Additionally Approved Pediatric First Aid and Pediatric CPR Providers and Curriculums

Provider Course Name Course Length Certification Period Hybrid/Blended Option? Available in PD Registry Course Catalog
American Heart Association (AHA) AHA Heart Saver Pediatric First Aid with Child-Infant CPR 6-8hrs
(PD Registry indicates 4-5hrs)
2yrs Yes Yes
American Academy of Pediatrics and National Association of School Nurses (AAP) Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers (PedFACTs) First Aid and CPR*

*This course will no longer be offered after March 31, 2022

4hrs 2yrs Yes Yes
American Red Cross (ARC) American Red Cross-First Aid/CPR/AED including Pediatric First Aid and CPR 4.5hrs 2yrs Yes Yes
Health & Safety Institute (HSI) American Safety and Health Institute Pediatric First Aid, CPR, and AED 6hrs 2yrs Yes Yes
Health & Safety Institute (HSI) EMS Safety Services CPR, AED, and First Aid for Childcare Providers 6.5-8hrs
(PD Reg indicates 4hrs)
2yrs Yes
Health & Safety Institute (HSI) MEDIC First Aid Pediatric Plus CPR, AED, and First Aid for Children, Infants and Adults 6hrs 2yrs Yes
National Safety Council (NSC) National Safety Council Pediatric First Aid, AED, and CPR
Tri-State Training & Safety Consulting Tri-State Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid.

Tri-State Training also provides certified American Heart Association, American Red Cross, and Health and Safety Institute trainings.

2.5 hours 2yrs Yes, via zoom with a live instructor followed by an in person session Yes