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Early Childhood Education and Training Program

e-Learning trainings are a convenient way for all child care providers in New York State to meet their required training hours at no cost.

Funding is available to help child care providers obtain professional development and education, to help facilities offset the cost of MAT training.

Virtual Classes offer interactive online training on early childhood education topics. Classes are instructor-led and feature video, interactive discussion, activities and resources. Classes can be taken on a desktop computer, smart phone, tablet or other device.

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Jun 09, 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!

Jun 07, 2023

Virtual Class Registration is open! 

Registration is now open for all third-quarter virtual classes.

Virtual classes offer instructor-led, interactive online training on a variety of early childhood education topics. Using a desktop computer, smart phone, tablet or other device, participants can register for a class that features videos, interactive discussions, activities and resources. For more information about Virtual Classes visit the ECETP website.

Class capacity is limited, so register today to secure your seat.

Jun 05, 2023

June is National Safety Month. 

The health and safety of the children in your care is your number one priority. June is National Safety Month so try to incorporate some of these ideas into your programming:

  • review and update your program’s Emergency Plan;
  • check the first aid kits throughout the program and update as needed;
  • enroll in a first aid/CPR class or other training about safety;
  • take the children on an indoor and outdoor safety scavenger hunt and ask them for ideas on how to make the spaces safer for everyone;
  • share information about water safety with families; and
  • open the Child Day Care Regulations for the modality of care you work in, search the word "safe" or "safety" and make sure the program is in compliance.

Jun 01, 2023

Compensation and Benefits Survey Released. 

Through support of the New York PDGB5 grant, a comprehensive compensation and benefits survey for early childhood educators is open and early childhood educators are encouraged to complete. This survey released by New York Works for Children will establish baseline data, inform future investments in the field, and results will be summarized in a report released at the end of the year. Your specific responses will remain completely anonymous.

Make your voice heard! Take the survey today – it takes around 10 minutes.

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OCFS Reviewed Distance Learning Courses

Distance Learning Options

Distance Learning (e-Learning) Courses

This video describes how to use the OCFS Reviewed Distance Learning Courses page, clarifies what courses count for training credit and which ones do not, and tells how to determine when a distance learning course can be used by providers to help them fulfill their required training hours.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Bureau of Training offers FREE 24/7 online Mandated Reporter Training in Child Abuse and Neglect/Maltreatment Identification.

Read about the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

Download: Medication Administration Training (MAT) brochure (PDF format)

Go to our for providers page for more resources!


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