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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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Mar 29, 2023

New CCAP (Child Care Assistance Program) Eligibility Questionnaire. 

Did you know that families you work with may be eligible for child care at low or no cost through the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)? OCFS has released a new online CCAP Eligibility Questionnaire to help families see if they may be eligible. The questionnaire is quick, simple, and available in 13 languages. Visit the CCAP website for resources including a link to the questionnaire, information on what CCAP means for both families and providers, and more.

Mar 27, 2023

Auto Injector Initiative. 

An estimated one (1) in 13 children is impacted by allergies. Many children experience events for the first time while in child care, these may include new foods and insect bites. There is no way to predict when a child will have an allergic reaction. If anaphylaxis were to occur, is your child care program prepared to respond? Epinephrine is the first line drug of choice for the emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions. Having a non-patient specific auto-injector in your program's emergency tool kit, and the knowledge of how to use it, is a lifesaving investment. So why wait? Visit the OCFS website and participate in the cost-free Auto Injector Initiative today!

Mar 23, 2023

April 1-7, 2023: Week of the Young Child. 

April 1-7, 2023 is the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child. This is an annual event celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, families and communities. This year NAEYC has set a schedule of daily themes– Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday and Family Friday. Visit their website today for more information on ways you can celebrate in your program.

Mar 20, 2023

March is National Nutrition Month. 

As a child care provider, your most important job is to keep the children in your care safe and healthy. One of the ways you do this on a daily basis is by providing nutritious snacks and meals and plenty of time to be physically active.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for lots of great information about childhood nutrition.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommendations for the amount of physical activity needed for infants, children, teens and children with special needs. Visit their website for more information.

For training about "Obesity Prevention" visit our eLearning catalog.

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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)

Go to our for providers page for more resources!


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