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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 28, 2024

Directors and Trainers— Are you looking for in-service training opportunities? 

On-Demand Training gives you 24/7 access to more than 20 training topics. They include handout materials, activities, and directions for conducting On-Demand Training sessions. Directors and/or qualified trainers in child day care centers, school-age child care programs, enrolled legally exempt group programs, and qualified trainers in CCR&Rs and can apply to become On-Demand Trainers. Learn more about On-Demand Training!


May 22, 2024

Avoiding Lyme Disease: Tips to reduce your exposure to tick bites. 

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. However, there are things you can do to reduce your exposure to tick bites.

Before going out:

While out:

  • Reduce time in potential tick habitats such as tall grass and brushy or wooded areas.
  • Walk in the center of paths and trails.

Once you get inside:

  • Check your clothing for ticks.
  • Conduct a full body check. Ticks can be anywhere on the body, but be sure to check under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, the back of the knees, in and around the hair, between the legs and around the waist.
  • When possible, put clothes in the dryer for 30 minutes to kill any ticks.
  • If you find a tick attached to a child, call the parent immediately so they can follow up with their health care professional.

Be sure to share this important information about ticks and Lyme Disease with the families.


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.


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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)

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