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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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Jun 17, 2024


Juneteenth is a federal holiday, celebrated on June 19 that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

For children to develop positive images of themselves they need opportunities to learn about and celebrate who they are, as well as cultures and identities other than their own. They must be represented in the materials, toys, books and displays that surround them.

Providing time for Juneteenth celebrations and lessons like those listed below, are one way you can begin having conversations with children about history, race and culture.

  • Read books about Juneteenth.
  • Display and talk about the Juneteenth flag.
  • Ask children about a positive change they would like to make in their world and have them draw pictures, make posters or write about them.

With older children:

For more information about Juneteenth, visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture website.

Jun 10, 2024

June 15 is National Smile Power Day. 

What is free, takes no extra time or effort to give, and can make a world of difference to someone?

A smile!!!

That's right. Smiles are so influential that June 15 has been declared National Smile Power Day.

When you smile at someone, you let them know you see them, and they are valued. Smiling helps you relax, relieves stress, lifts your mood and can make you happier.

When you get a smile, it helps boost your morale, builds confidence and creates greater trust.

You never know what someone else is going through, so spread joy to others and yourself by passing on a smile whenever you can.

Remember, when times get tough, be like Buddy the Elf and make smiling your favorite! 😊

Jun 03, 2024

National Heimlich Maneuver Day 

It's estimated that 5,000 people die every year from choking.

This number can be reduced by knowing how and when to use the Heimlich Maneuver– a move that uses abdominal thrusts to force air into the lungs expelling the object blocking the airway.

If you are with someone showing the signs of choking, follow these steps:

  • Wrap your arms around their torso, from the back.
  • Make a fist with one hand and grab it with the other.
  • Place your hands just above the belly button and below the ribcage.
  • Pull inward and upward on the diaphragm to force air out of the lungs to expel the blockage.

Remember, if the person is able to speak, cough or breathe, do not attempt the Heimlich Maneuver.

Teach children to put both hands up in the air or on their throat if they are choking.

But what if you are alone and choking?

  • Call 911 and leave the phone off the hook.
  • Try to cough up the object.
  • Make a fist and place it just above your belly button.
  • Hold the fist with your other hand.
  • Drive your fist in and up.
  • If your hands aren't enough, keep your hands in place and lean over a stable object that is waist high, such as a chair, table, railing or countertop.

EIP Scholarships for CPR and First Aid training are available and income is no longer a factor in determining eligibility, so observe this day by making sure your first aid and CPR training is up to date. If it isn't...get registered for a class today.

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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

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