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Caregiver Registration Process

NEORTC provides both E-Track and non-E-Track trainees (guests) with Preservice and Ongoing Caregiver Training listings to help those with E-Track access search and register for training in E-Track, and to make guests aware of NEORTC training opportunities.

Beginning Monday, August 9 2021 and until further notice, the following protocols will be in place at the Northeast Ohio Regional Training Center.

Training Calendar / Schedule

1. NEORTC in person trainings on site at the SCCS Education Center will return to normal scheduling. A combination of in person and virtual trainings will continue to be offered.

2. Counties will be encouraged to follow the COVID-19 Training Protocol at NEORTC when hosting training at their sites. Counties can determine additional restrictions as needed for their training rooms/buildings.

Training Room Environment and Trainee/Trainer Guidelines

1. Although restrictions on social distancing will be removed, NEORTC will limit capacity in the training room to 50% capacity.

2. Trainers and trainees will be asked to follow all COVID-19 screening protocols that have been set for NEORTC staff.

a. Temperature Checking – It is recommended that all trainees and trainers take their temperature prior to coming to NEORTC for training. Individuals with a temperature in excess of 100.4 are prohibited from attending training at any NEORTC training site.

b. Stay Home When Sick – Trainers and trainees exhibiting any symptoms (including coughing and/or having trouble breathing) or who are ill are asked to stay home to protect others.

3. Face Coverings – Face coverings are required for all trainees and trainers, regardless of vaccination status. 


Fall 2021 Preservice Training

Fall 2021 Ongoing Training


NEORTC Building

NEORTC's Location at Summit County Children Services

Additionally, NEORTC staff are available to address questions or concerns regarding other training opportunities.

Please contact:

Mary Serapiglia, Director, at

Jodie Hembree, Staff Training Coordinator, at

Julie Hayden, Foster Parent Training Coordinator, at

Christina Malpass, Foster Parent Training Coordinator, at

The health and well-being of those we serve, our staff and the community are our top priorities. We appreciate your continued support and understanding.



Agency Updates:

Mahoning County CSBParking is available in the parking deck behind the building. Enter the lot after waiting patiently for the parking arm to raise. Drive through the lot and park in the parking deck. Enter the building through the doors on your left. Take the elevator to the third floor for training._______________________________________________________________________________________

Calendar Updates:



For those WITH E-Track Access (public-agency caregivers and public/private-licensed adoptive parents):

Use the above listings as a reference ONLY. You will then need to follow your agency's guidelines to enroll for training in E-Track. To learn more about E-Track, how to access it, and how to use it, visit the E-Track Help Center. Or, if you are already familiar with how to use E-Track, go directly to E-Track to register.

For those WITHOUT E-Track Access (private-agency caregivers, kinship providers, and other visitors):

Please reference the listings linked above and contact NEORTC Training Coordinator Julie Hayden, 330-379-1976, for more information on any sessions listed. To register for a particular training session, call the Registration line at 1-866-294-3787 or Vickie Webb at 330-379-1935.  Please leave a voice mail message with your name, agency, telephone number, email address and training you want to attend.


Please be advised that NEORTC (Northeast Ohio Regional Training Center as part of the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program) needs to enforce the rules for training, especially regarding attendance and cell phone usage during training. As you attend training you will notice that rules are posted in the lobby and in training rooms. These are, and have been, standard procedures throughout the State of Ohio for OCWTP since 1986, and we are required to abide by them. Specifically, we ask that cell phones and other devices/tablets not be used while training is in session.  Use of these items is not only distracting to the trainer but to other trainees as well.  You can use your phones and devices at scheduled break times or during lunch. 

Training room doors will be closed when training begins at 9 AM. As you may know, there is a "15 minute rule" for training that states a participant cannot miss more than 15 minutes of a one day or multi day training and still receive credit for the training. However, trainers have the right to refuse participants late entry into training even if it falls within the 15 minute rule. Bottom line: to be on the safe side, be here at 9 AM for the beginning of training and be sure to return from breaks and lunch on time.

Feel free to contact NEORTC if you have questions about NEORTC or the training rules for participants. These rules are not meant to be punitive to any individual but rather, are aimed at ensuring there is a positive learning environment for all participants. We appreciate your cooperation. Thank you.

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