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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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Sep 26, 2023

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

On-Demand Training gives you 24/7 access to 22 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!.

Sep 18, 2023

Baby Safety Month. 

Babies are our most vulnerable population. They need the help of trusting and caring adults in their lives to get their basic needs met. That's why it's on us to make sure we are providing safe environments for them to grow and develop in.

Some things you can do to keep babies safe while in your care are:

  • Go online and open the New York State Child Day Care Regulations for the modality of care you provide. Search the word "infant" and "baby" to review all relevant regulations to be sure you are in compliance, especially in the areas of safe sleep.
  • Get on the floor so you can see things from the child's level and assess any potential hazards.
  • Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website to sign up for communication on the latest recalls.
  • Anchor large pieces of furniture and televisions to reduce tip hazards.
  • Cover outlets, put gates at the top and bottom of stairs, remove blind cords and put safety latches on cabinets and toilets.
  • Remove anything that poses a choking hazard.

Sep 13, 2023

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. 

Childhood obesity is a complex disease with many contributing factors such as genetics, eating patterns, physical activity levels and sleep routines. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "childhood obesity is a serious health problem in the United States where 1 in 5 children and adolescents are affected." If not addressed, childhood obesity can often last into adulthood and can lead to lifelong health issues such as diabetes, certain cancers and sleep disorders.

As a child care provider you have a unique opportunity to reduce obesity risks by providing children of all ages with safe places and spaces for physical activity, healthy meals and snacks, plenty of water for hydration and time to rest.

You can find many obesity prevention programs in community, child care, school and health care settings on the New York State Department of Health's website. Be sure to share this information and other resources about childhood obesity with colleagues and families.

Sep 11, 2023

Actualizaciones importantes sobre la Subvención para la Retención de Trabajadores (PDF, Español/Spanish)  

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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.

Read about the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

Download: Medication Administration Training (MAT) brochure (PDF format)

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