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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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Apr 22, 2024

April 23 is National Picnic Day. 

According to Miriam-Webster, picnic is defined as an excursion or outing with food usually provided by members of the group and eaten in the open OR a pleasant or amusingly carefree experience.

Here are some ways to celebrate national picnic day in your program:

  • Search the internet for children's books about picnics, visit the local library to borrow some and read, read, read!
  • Put on sunscreen, pack a blanket and a cooler of food and drinks and take lunch or snack outside.
  • Invite the children's family members or favorite stuffed animal to join you for your picnic.
  • If the weather isn't cooperating- throw a blanket on the floor, play some outdoor sounds in the background, and enjoy your meal or snack.

Happy picnicking!

Apr 18, 2024

El curso eLearning "Comprender y ayudar a los niños con necesidades especiales" se encuentra ahora disponible en español. 

Este curso totalmente narrado ofrece una descripción general sobre las diferentes discapacidades que pueden tener los niños y, si fuera necesario, los recursos que pueden usar las familias para recibir ayuda adicional. También comparte estrategias para crear entornos inclusivos y trabajar con niños con necesidades especiales.

Este curso imparte una (1) hora de capacitación en los siguientes temas de capacitación de la OCFS:

  • Principios de desarrollo de la niñez
  • Desarrollo de un programa de cuidado diurno infantil
  • Procedimientos de seguridad y protección

Inscríbase hoy.

Apr 18, 2024

The e-Learning course "Understanding and Supporting Children with Special Needs" is now available in Spanish. 

This fully narrated course provides an overview of the range of disabilities children can experience and, when needed, resources families can turn to for additional support. It also shares strategies for creating inclusive environments and working with children with special needs.

This course will provide one (1) hour of training in the following OCFS training topics:

  • Principles of Childhood Development
  • Child Day Care Program Development
  • Safety and Security Procedures

Register today.

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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)

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