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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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Mar 20, 2023

March is National Nutrition Month. 

As a child care provider, your most important job is to keep the children in your care safe and healthy. One of the ways you do this on a daily basis is by providing nutritious snacks and meals and plenty of time to be physically active.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for lots of great information about childhood nutrition.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommendations for the amount of physical activity needed for infants, children, teens and children with special needs. Visit their website for more information.

For training about "Obesity Prevention" visit our eLearning catalog.

Mar 17, 2023

Virtual Class Opportunities in April 2023. 

Registration is now open for all second-quarter virtual classes and two popular, interactive courses in April still have seats available! Secure your spot today for "Do You Know Why? The Importance of Understanding Allergies" on April 4th and "Town Hall Meeting: Child Abuse and Maltreatment" on April 20th. Class capacity is limited, so register today to secure your seat.

Mar 13, 2023

March is national developmental disabilities awareness month. 

Developmental disabilities are conditions that impair a child's physical, learning, language or behavior. Having a good understanding about developmental milestones can help identify possible delays. Visit the CDC webpage for information and resources about milestones you can share with colleagues and families.

If you have concerns about the development of a child, talk to the family and suggest they reach out to the New York State Early Intervention Program (ages 0-3), the Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE) of the child's school district (ages 3-5) and the Committee on Special Education (CSE) of the child's school district (ages 5-21).

Remember, early detection of developmental disabilities is key to limiting the impacts on the child's long-term development. As the New York State Early Intervention program says, "Early Help Makes a Difference."

Mar 10, 2023

Registration is now open for all virtual classes in the second quarter of 2023! 

Sign up now for these interactive training opportunities on important topics such as understanding and responding to allergies, developmentally appropriate practice, supporting special needs learners, and more! Class capacity is limited, so register today to secure your seat.

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OCFS Reviewed Distance Learning Courses

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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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