Health & Safety Program

Child Care Providers

Bananas offers a variety of Health & Safety Classes required to obtain and maintain your California Child Care License. Please visit the workshop calendar to register for Health & Safety Classes.

For more information about the BANANAS Health & Safety Program, please contact Gabriela Meneses. Se habla español.

BANANAS Health & Safety Classes

CPR/First Aid

This course meets the 8-hour California State regulations for child care providers. You will practice life-saving, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and care for choking on manikins. First Aid teaches injury prevention and how to respond to emergencies and accidents. This class covers ages birth to adult, though the emphasis is placed on pediatric ages cared for in child care programs. This is a 2-year certification.

Preventive Health

This course meets the 8-hour California State regulations for child care providers. It includes preventive health practices and management of communicable diseases, childproofing, immunization information, preparing for emergencies and evacuation, safe food handling, nutrition, and identification and reporting of child abuse. Currently, this course certification has no expiration date.

Health & Safety Events

Health Heroes for Child Care Program

Under the supervision of a Registered Nurse Supervising Faculty Member, Two (2) Samuel Merritt University student nurses will be assigned per center or family child care.

SMU student nurses will support child care providers and staff with current best practices regarding: infection control, CDC and Public Health guidelines, social distancing, and health practices.

Details about the Health Heroes program:

  • The program runs in Cohorts
  • Each Cohort runs for 3-4 weeks
  • Onsite support visits 1-2 days per week (sites may also choose remote support via teleconferencing, phone, etc.)
  • 3-4 hours per visit 
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