Cleaning in a child care center

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This training will teach the steps to follow when cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting in a child care center. Information is gathered from the CDC, ServSafe®, The National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA), Rhode Island state licensing regulations, and Dr. Day Care policies and procedures.

From this training, you will learn how to ensure that all surfaces are clean and sanitized or disinfected to keep everyone healthy and safe.


After this training, you will be able to

    • Understand the importance of cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.
    • Understand the key differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.
    • Understand official CDC classroom cleaning guidelines.
    • Explain how to clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces, classrooms, and any areas you may be responsible for.
    • Give examples of when and where to use each cleaning method.
    • Recognize the importance of handwashing and teaching children proper handwashing techniques.
    • Explain typical cleaning routines to follow in a successful child care program.


This training is primarily intended for use by those supporting infant, toddler, preschool, or school age children within group settings. This may include center-based teachers, family, group and center-based childcare providers and early childhood consultants.

Throughout this training, you will hear references to Dr. Day Care policies and procedures. Follow your early childhood center’s specific policies. If your center needs assistance in developing policies, contact or 401-475-7707 x222 for assistance.

For Kids Klub / Dr. Day Care teachers and staff, always check with your Administrator for the most up-to-date policies, procedures, or forms.


After completing this training, you will receive a certificate for 2 Professional Development hours.


Click on the course titles to progress through this training. All videos and quizzes must be completed to receive a training certificate.