Oct 02, 2023
ECETP Profile Update Reminder
Earlier this year, ECETP and OCFS collaborated to implement a training certificate data transfer that makes it easier to track and
report your ECETP training completions. All you need to do is update your ECETP profile.
Videos detailing the process can be found in both English and Spanish in the "Featured Videos" section of the ECETP website.
Remember, if you have recently applied for fingerprinting or have changed child care programs, go to the ECETP website and update
your facility information in your ECETP profile today.
Sep 26, 2023
Directors and Trainers— Are you looking for in-service training opportunities?
On-Demand Training gives you 24/7 access to 22 training topics. They include handout materials, activities, and directions for
conducting On-Demand Training sessions. Directors and/or qualified trainers in child day care centers, school-age child care programs,
enrolled legally exempt group programs, and qualified trainers in CCR&Rs and can apply to become On-Demand Trainers.
Learn more about On-Demand Training!.
Sep 18, 2023
Baby Safety Month.
Babies are our most vulnerable population. They need the help of trusting and caring adults in their lives to get their basic needs met.
That's why it's on us to make sure we are providing safe environments for them to grow and develop in.
Some things you can do to keep babies safe while in your care are:
- Go online and open the New York State Child Day Care Regulations
for the modality of care you provide. Search the word "infant" and "baby" to review all relevant regulations to be sure you are in compliance,
especially in the areas of safe sleep.
- Get on the floor so you can see things from the child's level and assess any potential hazards.
- Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website to sign up for communication on the latest recalls.
- Anchor large pieces of furniture and televisions to reduce tip hazards.
- Cover outlets, put gates at the top and bottom of stairs, remove blind cords and put safety latches on cabinets and toilets.
- Remove anything that poses a choking hazard.
Sep 13, 2023
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.
Childhood obesity is a complex disease with many contributing factors such as genetics, eating patterns, physical activity levels
and sleep routines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), "childhood obesity is a serious health problem in the United States where 1 in 5 children and adolescents are affected."
If not addressed, childhood obesity can often last into adulthood and can lead to lifelong health issues such as diabetes, certain cancers
and sleep disorders.
As a child care provider you have a unique opportunity to reduce obesity risks by providing children of all ages with safe places
and spaces for physical activity, healthy meals and snacks, plenty of water for hydration and time to rest.
You can find many obesity prevention programs in community, child care, school and health care settings on the New York State
Department of Health's website. Be sure to
share this information and other resources about childhood obesity with colleagues and families.