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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 20, 2024

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. 

It's been a long winter season, but have no fear, nicer weather is finally on the way. That means we'll be spending more time outside, which increases your chance of coming into contact with ticks.

Lyme Disease is an illness that people usually get from the bite of a tick carrying borrelia bacteria. Tick exposure can be year-round but is most active during warmer months and many people get ticks in their own yard or neighborhood.

Tick bites may look like a tiny, itchy bump on the skin, similar to a mosquito bite. Just because you've been bitten doesn't mean you have a tick-borne disease like Lyme Disease. If you have been bitten, be on the lookout for symptoms of Lyme Disease including fever, headache, fatigue and rash.

Be sure to share this important information about ticks and Lyme Disease with the families, and check back on Wednesday for tips on reducing your exposure to tick bites.

May 13, 2024

National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day. 

A child's primary job is to play. The more they play, the healthier, smarter and happier they are. Unfortunately, as we get older, the importance of play tends to take a backseat to work and other adult responsibilities. It's important to take a moment and remember that play is beneficial for people of all ages. It can add joy to life, relieve stress, improve brain function, boost creativity, connect people to others and make work more productive and enjoyable.

The third Sunday in May, this year the 19th, is National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day. This is a great opportunity for families to get fresh air and spend quality time together.

Share information with parents on the benefits of play and physical activity recommendations. Encourage them to get to a playground with their children on the 19th or one day that week. Maybe arrange a group meet up at a local playground so parents have a chance to network with one another and get to know more about program staff, and you get a chance to see how the family interacts outside of your program.

For more information on the benefits of physical activity for people of all ages, visit the World Health Organization (WHO) website.

Happy playing!

May 08, 2024

National Provider Appreciation Day is May 10 - THANK YOU! 

As a child care provider you play a pivotal role in the development, education and well-being of our youngest children. You read stories, sing songs, dance silly dances, serve healthy snacks and meals, clean up messes, plan stimulating activities, kiss boo-boos, give hugs, high-fives and handshakes… and that's all in the first hour on the job. 😊 You also work closely with co-workers and other service providers, attend training, complete paperwork, and communicate with families every day. You are a pillar of the community- a constant in a child's life and families know they can depend on you to provide them with quality care.

In honor of National Provider Appreciation Day, we want to take a moment to say we see you. We recognize the enormous contributions you make to our communities and we are grateful for all you do each and every day to provide safe and healthy environments for children and their families!

May 08, 2024

El dia nacional de apreciación al proveedor es mayo 10 - ¡Gracias! 

Como proveedor de cuidado infantil usted juega un rol esencial en el desarrollo, educación y bienestar de nuestros niños mas jóvenes. Usted lee historias, canta canciones, baila bailes graciosos, sirve meriendas y comidas saludables, limpia desordenes, planea actividades estimulantes, besa heridas, da abrazos, choca las cinco y da apretones de mano… y eso es todo en la primera hora del trabajo. 😊 Usted también trabaja cercanamente con compañeros de trabajo y otros proveedores de servicio, atiende capacitaciones, completa papelería, y se comunica con familias cada dia. Usted es un pilar de la comunidad – un constante en la vida de los niños y las familias saben que pueden depender de usted para proveerles cuidado de calidad.

En honor al dia nacional de apreciación al proveedor, queremos tomarnos un momento para decirles que los vemos. Nosotros reconocemos las contribuciones enormes que usted hace para nuestras comunidades y estamos agradecidos por todo lo que usted hace cada y todos los días para proveer ambientes seguros y saludables para los niños y sus familias.

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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.

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