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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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Jan 23, 2023

Dear Provider Letter: Updates about Comprehensive Background Checks. 

On December 8, 2022 OCFS issued a Dear Provider Letter in English and Spanish containing important information and updates about comprehensive background checks that could impact your child care program. You are encouraged to read it carefully and visit CCDBG Background Checks at OCFS ( for additional information. You can also contact your licensing or registration representative for additional assistance.

Jan 18, 2023

January is National Bath Safety month. 

Each year thousands of people of all ages visit the emergency room due to bathroom-related slips and falls. You may not provide baths in your program but here is some important information you can share with families to make bath time safer.

Jan 13, 2023

Happy 2023! Is your New Year's resolution to get more training? 

If yes, visit the ECETP website to register for upcoming virtual classes on topics such as understanding allergies, children with special needs, developmentally appropriate practice, mental health and nutrition. All classes offer 1.5 training credit hours in OCFS approved training topics.

Jan 12, 2023

NEW for 2023: Income is no longer used as a factor to determine eligibility for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid (CPR/FA) training scholarships. 

Applicants only need to send proof of employment and SSN verification with their EIP Application. The maximum annual scholarship is $125 for classroom training or up to $95 for blended training that includes online training with an in-person skills testing component. These scholarships are in addition to the other maximum annual amounts.

Jan 10, 2023

Consumer Product Safety Commission announces Rock 'n Play Sleeper Recall. 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is reaching out again to warn against using Rock ‘n Play Sleepers. Since the initial recall in April 2019, at least 8 deaths have occurred. For additional information, visit

Safe sleep practices are outlined in the regulations.

Please share this information with families. Thank you.

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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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