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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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May 30, 2023

National Water Safety Month. 

Did you know that a child can drown in less than an inch of water?

That's why protecting children around water should always be one of your number one priorities. To help you do this, be sure to log on to the OCFS website to review the New York State Child Day Regulations about water safety and follow them.

And remember to share information on water safety with families.

May 25, 2023

StayWell ECE: Examining the Health of New York Early Childhood Educators. 

Researchers at Cornell University invite early childhood educators to participate in a Teacher Wellness survey. The purpose of this research is to examine the health status and professional wellbeing of NY's ECE teachers and staff. As a thanks for completing the survey, participants will be entered into a cash drawing for $100 prize.

May 23, 2023

Save the Date! P-3 Summer Institute – August 17, 2023. 

Presented by NYSED's Office of Early Learning and the NYS Council on Children and Families. Keynotes include Dr. Nonie Lesaux and Dr. Ronal Ferguson. Other sessions include Supporting Multilingual Learners, Student Behavior and Social Emotional Learning, P-3 Continuum Overview, and Office of Cultural Education Resources.

Register for the P-3 Summer Institute – August 17, 2023

May 22, 2023

National Get Caught Reading Month. 

Maps, instructional manuals, recipes, food labels, books, short stories, poems, magazines, brochures, street signs– we're constantly surrounded by words begging to be read.

You can help instill a life-long love of reading in children in many ways, including visiting the local library, making different types of reading materials available to children and adults throughout all areas of the program at all times, organizing a program-wide reading night, or photocopying the cover of books you've read with the children and displaying them in the program.

May is National Get Caught Reading month so no matter where you are or what you're doing, find time for you and the children to read, read, read!

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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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