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Early Childhood Education and Training Program


All licensed/registered and enrolled legally-exempt programs need to comply with NYS OCFS emergency regulations related to health and safety by September 30, 2017. This interactive 5-hour course can help you meet your requirements, so sign up and take "Foundations in Health and Safety e-Learning," today!

Educational Incentive Program: Coaching Overview

Coaching is designed to help child care providers improve the overall quality of their child care program. Child care providers work with a coach to develop a strength-based effective coaching plan that addresses areas for learning and program improvement. Coaching can also be used to support the implementation of new practices in a child care program.

Coaching time frames vary depending on the individual and the needs of the program. In general, providers and coaches meet either once or twice a week. The majority of the programs last for less than one year.

Coaching programs are most successful when combined with classroom trainings that are related to the specific skills that are being addressed. To support this practice, EIP coaching participants will be eligible for scholarships for coaching hours in addition to scholarships for classroom training hours.

Childcare providers are eligible to count up to 20 hours of coaching towards their 30 hour regulatory training requirement each licensing period.

The Process

Individuals who hold the NYS Training and Technical Assistance Professional Coach designation (T-TAP Coach) and/or the Pyramid Model Practice Based Coaching endorsement are currently eligible to participate with EIP to provide coaching. For a list of these coaches, please contact EIP. The child care provider will contact an approved coach to schedule an initial assessment meeting. At this meeting the coach and coachee (child care provider) will determine a common understanding of the child care program and to develop a strength-based, effective coaching plan that addresses areas for learning and program improvement. During this meeting the coachee prioritizes their initial goals and actions, with the understanding that adjustment to the plan may be necessary.

The coach will write a coaching plan based on the initial meeting and provide a copy to the coachee. The plan should include a start and end date of the coaching cycle, the coachee's name, number of hours, the cost, OCFS topic areas & Core Body Knowledge (CBK) areas to be covered, and the coachee directed goals to be accomplished.

The coachee will then apply for EIP funding. The coachee will submit a copy of the coaching plan with their application.

At the end of the coaching cycle, the coach will provide the coachee a Coaching Participation Certificate which will contain the coach name, coachee name, start and end date of the cycle, total number of hours, and OCFS & CBK topics covered and number of hours in each topic.

Scholarship Eligibility

Coaching scholarship applicants must meet the same employment, training organization, and income requirements as with non-credit bearing training.

Scholarships for the cost of cost of training taken with an approved coach will be granted at a rate of up to $55 per hour. The maximum scholarship is $1,100. EIP will also pay for up to $700 for noncredit bearing training or up to $1,250 for credential training. An individual can receive a maximum of $2,000 in combined coaching and credentialed training or a maximum of $1,800 in combined coaching and NCB training.

Apply for an EIP Coaching scholarship now!