Early Childhood Education and Training Program


Take ECETP e-Learning courses online

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.

What types of scholarships, grants and rebates can I apply for?

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

Sign up for ECETP Webcast training

Webcast training allows you to learn from experts and other child care providers while networking and sharing your experience with other professionals.



What's New?

Nov 01, 2019

Time is running out! Register at one of the locations in NYS to participate in the November 6, 2019 webcast "Town Hall Meeting: Child Abuse and Maltreatment". As a Mandated Reporter you are required, by law, to report cases of suspected child abuse or maltreatment to the Statewide Central Register. Knowing when to make that call can be a difficult decision, and certainty about what happens next may make it seem more intimidating. During this unique training, staff from the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Child Protective Services (CPS) and the Statewide Central Register (SCR), will analyze case studies and highlight red flags with professionals from the child care community. At your site, you'll dissect the case studies and discuss your findings with your group. Then all participants around the state will tune in to hear what the experts have to say about the case studies and what you can do to avoid similar risky situations. This training will cover the OCFS training topic areas of statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment; child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention and safety and security procedures. The webcast is going to be packed with valuable information that will help fulfill your responsibilities as a Mandated Reporter of child abuse and maltreatment. You're not going to want to miss out, so register today!

Oct 21, 2019

Virtual Classroom training is now available! These free 1.5 hour evening and weekend Virtual Classes are available right from your home or office on a desktop, tablet or even a cell phone. Topics for 2019 include "Addressing Challenging Behavior: The Pyramid Model in Action", "Identifying and Helping Children Who have Experienced Trauma" and "Moving and Grooving in your Child Care Program." All you need is a computer, Internet access, and your ECETP account! These classes are a great way to brush up on your skills and earn necessary training hours when it's convenient for you. Sessions fill up quickly, so register today!

Oct 07, 2019

On-Demand Training Opportunity (Child Day Care Centers / School-Age Child Care Programs). Are you looking for new ways to train your staff? Do you need more flexibility with scheduling? Our On-Demand Training can help! This feature gives you 24/7 access to a selection of our previously recorded webcasts, including handout materials and directions for conducting the training and on-site activities. You're eligible to be an approved On-Demand Trainer if you're a director and/or qualified trainer in a child day care center or school-age child care program. Once you're approved, choose a topic and schedule a time that works best for you and your staff. If you'd like to become an On-Demand Trainer, visit the On-Demand Training page for more information.

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For Providers

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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