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Sep 17, 2021

Emergency Face Covering Regulation. 

Effective September 16, 2021, OCFS has implemented an emergency regulation mandating all people in a child care setting to wear a mask indoors. The mandate applies to all people aged 2 and older who are able to medically tolerate a face covering, regardless of vaccination status. For more information, visit the OCFS website.

A partir del 16 septiembre de 2021, la Oficina de Servicios para Niños y Familias (OCFS) ha implementado un reglamento de emergencia que obliga a todas las personas en un entorno de cuidado infantil a usar una máscara o barbijo en espacios interiores. El mandato se aplica a todas las personas mayores de 2 años que puedan tolerar médicamente una cobertura facial, independientemente del estado de vacunación. Para obtener más información, visite el sitio web de la OCFS.

Sep 13, 2021

New Virtual Class Opportunity: "Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)". 

Registration is now open for the newest virtual class, "Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)" on Monday, October 12th. Join us to learn what developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) is and why it's so important to support the optimal learning and development of children. Capacity is limited so register today.

Sep 10, 2021

Applying for the OCFS Child Care Stabilization Grant?  a YouTube video is available to help you with the Child Stabilization
          Grant.

You can use this money to pay for things in your program like cleaning supplies or PPE, play equipment, or staff training. Watch this Child Stabilization Grant video for more information. Questions? Visit the OCFS Child Care Stabilization grant page.

Aug 27, 2021

Child Care Stabilization Grant. 

Did you know you can use the OCFS Child Care Stabilization Grant to provide you and your staff with 15-hours of classroom Health and Safety training? This course gives in-depth, hands-on training on keeping children safe and healthy. From supervision to cleaning and sanitizing, you'll learn about locating and following the regulations and your Health Care Plan. Also, a certified trainer may be able conduct the training at your site. Contact us for more information!

Aug 25, 2021

The newest e-Learning course, "Identifying and Responding to Anaphylaxis: Elijah’s Law", is available for training. 

During this fully narrated course trainees will gain information on how to prevent, recognize and act in the event of an allergic reaction.

This course will provide 1-hour of training in the following OCFS training topics:

  • Principles of Childhood Development
  • Safety and Security Procedures
  • Business Record Maintenance and Management

Register today.

Aug 05, 2021

Child Care Stabilization Grants. 

Apply now for a Child Care Stabilization Grant! The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is making federal funding available directly to qualified child care providers. The purpose of these grants is to help you cover unexpected business costs from the COVID-19 pandemic, and help stabilize your program so you can resume or continue providing high-quality child care. To be eligible, your program must be in good standing and be licensed/registered, permitted NYC day care center (Article 47), or an enrolled legally exempt group program as of March 11, 2021. This grant is not a loan so you don’t have to pay it back. Just complete the quick and easy online application. If you’re approved, you’ll have to keep records (receipts, invoices, etc.) of how you spend the money. The online application and information are available in English, Spanish, and 10 other languages! Find out more by going to the Stabilization Help Center website , calling the Stabilization Help Line (844-863-9319), or by contacting your local CCR&R, union representative (CSEA or UFT), or WHEDco. These grants are an historic investment in the field of child care. Take advantage of this unique opportunity and apply!

Jul 26, 2021

P-3 Virtual Summer Institute 2021. 

The NYS Council on Children and Families (CCF) is partnering with the NYS Education Department's Office of Early Learning to convene the annual P-3 Summer Institute. This event will be held virtually. Presentations will be published each Thursday from July 22 - August 12, 2021. Once published, participants may register and view them at any time. All presentations may be viewed free of charge! Watch for the registration links – they will be made available on the dates that presentations are released.

Visit the New York State Education Department website for more information and registration details.

Jul 12, 2021

The newest e-Learning course "Information and Resources to Promote a Successful Program" is available for training. 

During this fully narrated course trainees will gain information on ways to help their child care program thrive by being aware of legal requirements, continuing to learn and building partnerships in the child care community.

This course will provide 2-hours of training in the following OCFS training topics:

  • Business record maintenance and management
  • Safety and security procedures

Register today.

Jul 08, 2021

$25 Million Essential Worker Scholarship. 

OCFS is accepting applications for the essential worker scholarship program made available through federal funding relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Encourage "essential worker" parents of children in your program to consider applying. Under this grant, funding will be paid on behalf of the essential worker directly to the program of their choice. All licensed/registered/permitted or enrolled legally exempt group programs are eligible to receive payments, provided the program is in good standing with OCFS. Visit the OCFS web site for more information on eligibility and to apply.

Jul 08, 2021

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

On-Demand Training gives you 24/7 access to 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 and school-age child care programs can apply to become On-Demand Trainers. Learn more about On-Demand Training!.

Jun 23, 2021

New Virtual Class Opportunity. 

Registration is now open for the newest virtual class "Supporting Mental Health through Quality Programming" on Monday, July 12th. Join us to learn about what mental health is and why it's so important to support the mental health of children and adults. We will also share information about environmental changes you can make in your program to improve everyone's mental health. Capacity is limited so register today.

May 12, 2021

On-Demand Training gives you 24/7 access to a selection of training topics. 

On-Demand Training topics include handout materials, activities, and directions for conducting On-Demand training sessions. Directors and/or qualified trainers in child day care centers and school-age child care programs can apply to become On-Demand Trainers. Learn more about On-Demand Training!

May 11, 2021

Attention Training Organizations: Approval for Virtual Training has been extended through 09/30/2021. 

OCFS will allow previously approved classroom training and newly approved virtual training (submitted through EIP Event Approval or Aspire Training Approval process) to be delivered using a virtual platform. In order for participants to receive training credits a written request to conduct trainer-led virtual training must be submitted to the Professional Development Program at Rockefeller College University at Albany (PDP), in consultation with OCFS, for review and approval. The training must be facilitated by a credentialed trainer. Complete and submit this survey to be considered for approval.

Apr 14, 2021

New Virtual Class Opportunity. 

Registration is now open for the newest virtual class "Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) Process" on Wednesday, April 28th. Join us for insight into special education services for children, with an emphasis on the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). We will also share information about communicating with families and your role as a child care provider working with children receiving special education services. Capacity is limited, so register today.

Mar 17, 2021

El Programa de Incentivos Educativos (EIP) 2021. Cuidado Infantil del Estado de Nueva York, Programa de Incentivos Educativos: Solicitud de beca y folleto informativo (2021).

Mar 15, 2021

Registration Now Open! NYSB5 Virtual Parent Leadership Conference. 

Attention Child Care Providers – Please share with parents of children in your programs!

Resilient Families: COVID and Beyond! - virtual conference will be offered over the course of 3 weeks, on Fridays and Saturdays: April 9th & 10th, April 23rd & 24th, May 7th & 8th.

Friday night sessions 6:30 - 8 PM are family fun nights! Saturday sessions 10 AM - 2 PM will include a variety of speakers and workshops geared just for parents!

Resources, information, and ideas for families will be shared! This event is FREE and open to families with children under six years of age. Follow this link for more information and to register for NYSB5 Virtual Parent Leadership Conference.

Feb 25, 2021

Attention Training Organizations: Approval for Virtual Training has been extended through 06/30/2021. 

OCFS will allow previously approved classroom training and newly approved virtual training (submitted through EIP Event Approval or Aspire Training Approval process) to be delivered using a virtual platform. In order for participants to receive training credits a written request to conduct trainer-led virtual training must be submitted to the Professional Development Program at Rockefeller College University at Albany (PDP), in consultation with OCFS, for review and approval. The training must be facilitated by a credentialed trainer. Complete and submit this survey to be considered for approval.

Jan 26, 2021

Looking for a new way to train your child care center or SACC program staff? 

On-Demand Training can help! On-Demand Training gives you 24/7 access to a selection of training topics. It also includes handout materials, activities, and directions for conducting On-Demand training sessions. Learn more about becoming an On-Demand Trainer!

Jan 11, 2021

The newest e-Learning course, "Supporting Language Development: Birth to 5," is available for training. 

This fully narrated course focuses on supporting young children, and their families, who are dual language learners. It also briefly discusses the significance of language revitalization in Tribal child care programs. The training describes strategies you can use to promote oral language development, engage with families, and bring children's cultures and home languages into your everyday programming.

This course will provide you with 2.5 hours of training in the following OCFS training topics:

  • Principles of childhood development, focusing on the developmental stages of the age groups for which the program provides care
  • Child care program development
  • Safety and security procedures

Register today.

Jan 04, 2021

The newest e-Learning course "Media Use and Safety with Children" is available for training. 

During this fully narrated course trainees will gain information on how to keep children safe and engage in good decision making in a cyber dominant world. It will also provide alternatives to technology to encourage children to turn off their screens and be more present in the world around them when they are outside child care program hours.

This course will provide 1.5 hours of training in the following OCFS training topics:

  • Principles of childhood development, focusing on the developmental stages of the age groups for which the program provides care
  • Child day care program development
  • Safety and security procedures

Register today.

Dec 02, 2020

Educational Incentive Program (EIP) 2021. 

The 2021 Educational Incentive Program (EIP) scholarship application and brochure are now available online. Apply online now for classes beginning in 2021!

Nov 02, 2020

The complete video of the October 21, 2020 "Supporting Children in Child Care During the COVID-19 Emergency" training is now available for viewing. 

This video features a candid conversation with author, speaker and trainer Barbara Kaiser about ways child care providers can support children and families as child care programs re-open or continue to provide care during the COVID-19 emergency.

No training credit will be issued for viewing this video.

General information questions regarding the video can be directed to ecetp@albany.edu

We hope you find the information in this video helpful to the important work you do with children and families every day.

Nov 02, 2020

El video completo del entrenamiento "Apoyando a los niños en el cuidado infantil durante la emergencia COVID-19" brindado el 22 de octubre de 2020 ahora esta disponible para verse. 

El video ofrece una conversación cándida con la autora, oradora y entrenadora Barbara Kaiser acerca de maneras en que los proveedores de cuidado infantil pueden apoyar a los niños y sus familias a la vez que los programas de cuidado infantil reabren o continúan proveyendo cuidado durante la emergencia del COVID-19.

No se dará crédito por ver este video grabado.

Las preguntas de información general acerca del video pueden dirigirse a: ecetp@albany.edu

Esperamos que encuentre que la información de este video sea de ayuda para el importante trabajo que usted hace para niños y familias cada día.

Oct 22, 2020

Attention Training Organizations: Approval for Virtual Training has been extended through 04/30/2021. 

OCFS will allow previously approved classroom training and newly approved virtual training (submitted through EIP Event Approval or Aspire Training Approval process) to be delivered using a virtual platform. In order for participants to receive training credits a written request to conduct trainer-led virtual training must be submitted to the Professional Development Program at Rockefeller College University at Albany (PDP), in consultation with OCFS, for review and approval. The training must be facilitated by a credentialed trainer. Complete and submit this survey to be considered for approval.

Oct 20, 2020

Good News for EIP Scholarship Applicants! 

Although the Educational Incentive Program (EIP) has depleted its funding for 2020, additional scholarship funds have been made available through the NYS B5 Project.

The Professional Development Program (PDP) is administering these scholarship funds on behalf of the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDGB5) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care.

Applicants who are eligible for an EIP scholarship will instead receive a B5 scholarship to be used in the same way as an EIP scholarship. All applicants should continue to apply as they normally do through EIP and PDP will award the B5 scholarships with no additional steps needed to be completed by applicants. To learn more about the NYS B5 projects, visit The Council on Children and Families.

Oct 16, 2020

Special live webinar training: "Supporting Children in Child Care During the COVID-19 Emergency". 

Please join us for this special live webinar training taken from your personal computer. Through a candid conversation with author, speaker and trainer, Barbara Kaiser, we will provide you with information on ways you can support children and families as childcare programs re-open or continue to provide care during the COVID-19 emergency.

This course will provide you with 1.5 hours of training.

Registration is now open but capacity is limited, so register today! Please note, you only need to register for ONE session.

Oct 16, 2020

Seminario web de capacitación especial en vivo: "Apoyando a los niños en el cuidado infantil durante la emergencia COVID-19". 

Únase a nosotros para este seminario web especial en vivo desde su computadora personal. A través de una conversación sincera con la autora, oradora y capacitadora, Barbara Kaiser, le proporcionaremos información sobre las formas en que puede apoyar a los niños y las familias a medida que los programas de cuidado infantil se reabren o continúan brindando atención durante la emergencia COVID-19.

Este curso le proporcionará 1.5 horas de formación.

Oct 01, 2020

On-Demand Trainers: 3 Trainings Now Available. 

  1. (NEW) Town Hall Meeting: Child Abuse and Maltreatment
  2. (NEW) Building Healthy Relationships with Effective Communication
  3. Foundations in Health and Safety

Log into the Training Portal today to start scheduling new training sessions!

Jul 30, 2020

Virtual Thursdays! - The Office of Early Learning at NYSED Presents: P-3 Summer Institute. 

The NYS Council on Children and Families, through it's federal NYSB5 Grant, is co-sponsoring with the New York State Education Department, Office of Early Learning the annual P-3 Summer Institute.

During the month of August, you'll be able to access webinars and videos covering the topics of equity and social justice, anti-bias education, and more. New material will be available on the website every Thursday during August. Visit NYSED for more details.

Jul 07, 2020

Interested in Becoming an On-Demand Trainer? 

Are you looking for new ways to train your staff? Do you need more flexibility with scheduling? On-Demand Training can help! This feature gives you 24/7 access to a selection of our previously recorded webcasts, including handout materials. Click the link above to learn more about On-Demand Training!

Jul 02, 2020

"Guidance and Best Practices for Child Care Programs Operating During the COVID-19 Emergency" is now available for viewing. 

This special training provides guidance and clarification on interim guidelines for child care programs operating during the COVID-19 emergency. Discussion around best practice recommendations will also be addressed. This recorded session is for informational purposes only. Training credit will not be issued.

Jul 01, 2020

On-Demand Trainers: 3 Trainings Now Available. 

  • Supporting Children and Families through Good Eating Practices (NEW)
  • Addressing Challenging Behavior: The Pyramid Model in Action
  • Foundations in Health and Safety.

Log into the Training Portal today to start scheduling new training sessions!

Jun 30, 2020

New sessions added! Special live webinar training: "Guidance and Best Practices for Child Care Programs Operating During the COVID-19 Emergency" 

Please join us for this special training. We will provide guidance and clarification on interim guidelines for child care programs operating during the COVID-19 emergency. We’ll also discuss best practice recommendations you can put into practice in your programs. You can register now for one of our 3 additional live sessions. They’ll be taking place on Wednesday, July 1st (1-2:30 PM) and Wednesday, July 1st (6:30-8 PM).

This course will provide you with 1.5 hours of training.

Registration is now open but capacity is limited, so register today! Please note, you only need to register for ONE session. If you are interested in congregate viewing of this training, email the ECETP mailbox for information.

Jun 26, 2020

The Department of Health INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR CHILD CARE AND DAY CAMP PROGRAMS DURING THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY has been updated. 

The Department of Health INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR CHILD CARE AND DAY CAMP PROGRAMS DURING THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY has been updated to read:

  • "Responsible Parties must limit groups to 15 or fewer children/campers, excluding employees/staff, in a specific area (e.g. room) at any given time.
  • Responsible Parties must ensure that different stable groups of up to 15 children/campers have no or minimal contact with one another or utilize common spaces at the same time, to the greatest extent possible".

An important note: child care programs are still required to follow the staff/child ratios and maximum group sizes as set forth in regulation.

If you have any questions, please consult your regulator.

May 27, 2020

Updated- Attention Training Organizations: Virtual Training Survey 

Due to the inability to deliver in-person training during the COVID-19 emergency, OCFS will allow previously approved classroom training and newly approved virtual training (submitted through EIP Event Approval or Aspire Training Approval process) to be delivered using a virtual platform. Training must be facilitated by a credentialed trainer, and a written request to conduct trainer-led virtual training must be submitted to the Professional Development Program at Rockefeller College University at Albany (PDP), in consultation with OCFS, for review and approval.

In order for training participants to receive training credit, virtual training must be approved through this process and posted to the PDP Early Childhood Education and Training Program website and/or Aspire event calendar prior to delivery. A survey and shared mailbox have been developed to assist with evaluating virtual training proposals. Proposed training events must be scheduled to occur prior to September 30, 2020 to be eligible. The committee will evaluate proposals expeditiously and track approved virtual trainings. This accommodation will provide a viable option to child care programs seeking to continue to fulfill training requirements while classroom trainings are unavailable.

May 19, 2020

"United in Hope: Caring for Children and Child Care Providers" is now available for viewing. 

You can watch this special informational session sharing Center for Disease Control (CDC), NYS Department of Health and Office of Children and Family Services guidance, best practices, and perhaps most importantly, hope. Please note training credit is no longer available for this session. For more video resources, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

May 06, 2020

Training Update and Upcoming Courses. 

Due to an overwhelming interest, "United in Hope: Caring for Children and Child Care Providers" on Thursday, May 7, 2020 and Tuesday, May 12, 2020 has reached maximum registration capacity. For more training opportunities during this time, please visit "Find Trainings" to register for other upcoming courses.

May 05, 2020

Another session of "United in Hope: Caring for Children and Child Care Providers" now scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2020! 

Due to overwhelming interest, we have added another session of "United in Hope: Caring for Children and Child Care Providers" on Tuesday, May 12, 2020!

This training will highlight how child care providers are essential to supporting children and families, each day and during difficult times. Registration is now open but seats are limited, so register today and secure your spot!

Apr 30, 2020

The newest e-Learning course, "What to Expect When Inspected," is available for training. 

During this fully narrated course, trainees will gain information on the role of regulators and how they assist child day care programs with coming into and maintaining regulatory compliance through inspections and technical assistance. The training will also share tips for preparing for inspections and partnering with regulators.

This course will provide you with 1.5 hours of training in the following OCFS training topics:

  • Statutes and regulations pertaining to child day care
  • Business record maintenance and management

Register today!

Apr 27, 2020

Special webcast on May 7, 2020 from 6:45pm – 9:15pm. 

Please join us for a special webcast on May 7, 2020 from 6:45pm – 9:15pm, "United in Hope: Caring for Children and Child Care Providers" to help promote hope and resilience for programs and families across New York. We'll share advice from experts on helping children cope with this pandemic, as well as messages of hope for families and providers.

Registration is now open but capacity is limited, so register today!

Apr 06, 2020

The newest e-Learning course, "Introduction to the New York State Child Day Care Regulations," is available for training. 

During this fully narrated course, trainees will gain information on the documents establishing the standards for operating licensed/registered, or regulated child day care, including the New York State Child Day Care Regulations.

This course will provide you with 1 hour of training in the following OCFS training topics:

  • Statutes and regulations pertaining to child day care
  • Business record maintenance and management

Register for the new e-Learning course today!

Apr 06, 2020

Live Webinar: April 9, 2020 at 2 p.m. - Child Care Providers and Federal Assistance: Small Business Administration Loans and Loan Forgiveness. 

OCFS, in conjunction with the Civil Service Employees Association, will be hosting a live webinar on "Child Care Providers and Federal Assistance: Small Business Administration Loans and Loan Forgiveness" on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 2 p.m.

Featuring Tom Copeland, a leading expert on the business of child care.

An additional date/time has been added: Wednesday, April 8 at 7 P.M.

Apr 05, 2020

Live Webinar: April 8, 2020 at 7 p.m. - Child Care Providers and Federal Assistance: Small Business Administration Loans and Loan Forgiveness. 

OCFS, in conjunction with the Civil Service Employees Association, will be hosting a live webinar on "Child Care Providers and Federal Assistance: Small Business Administration Loans and Loan Forgiveness" on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Featuring Tom Copeland, a leading expert on the business of child care.

An additional date/time has been added: Thursday, April 9 at 2 P.M.

Apr 02, 2020

Interested in Becoming an On-Demand Trainer? Are you looking for new ways to train your staff? Do you need more flexibility with scheduling? On-Demand training can help! This feature gives you 24/7 access to a selection of our previously recorded webcasts, including handout materials. Click the link above to learn more about On-Demand Training!

Apr 01, 2020

On-Demand Trainers: 4 Trainings Now Available. 

  • Educating for Sustainability (NEW)
  • Child Abuse and Maltreatment with a Focus on Understanding Brain Injury and Prevention
  • Addressing Challenging Behavior: An Overview of the Pyramid Model
  • Foundations in Health and Safety

Log into the Training Portal today to start scheduling new training sessions!

Mar 24, 2020

COVID-19 Information for Child Care Providers and Programs. Get the latest updates from a trusted source. The New York State Office and Children and Family Services has updated information on COVID-19 specifically for the Child Care community.

Mar 18, 2020

New e-Learning course available. The newest e-Learning course "Anti-Bias Education in Early Childhood" is available for training.

During this fully narrated course trainees will gain information on how to examine or re-examine their childcare program to identify opportunities for creating change in regard to anti-bias materials, activities and curriculum.

This course will provide you with 1.5 hours of training in the following OCFS training topics:

  • Principles of childhood development focusing on the developmental stages of the age groups for which the program provides care
  • Child day care program development

Register today.

Mar 13, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information on Novel Coronavirus New York’s healthcare system is the best in the world, and our agencies are prioritizing testing, containment tracking and quarantine protocols to keep New Yorkers safe during this period.

Feb 19, 2020

Register now for 2020 Webcast Training at a training site near you!  Webcasts are sponsored by the Office of Children and Family Services and are provided at no cost to you. Titles include: Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Preschool and School-Age Years, Trauma Informed Care, and Town Hall Meeting: Your Role in Supporting Challenging Behaviors. Read more about our 2020 webcast topics.

Feb 11, 2020

Register today for 2020 Virtual Classes! 2020 Virtual classes are already filling up, so be sure to register for your "seat" today! These 1.5-hour evening and weekend classes can be taken on a desktop, tablet or even a cell phone, right from the comfort of your own home. Just login to your ECETP account to register for classes and access your registered trainings and materials.

Feb 07, 2020

OCFS Dear Provider Letter Regarding Coronavirus. You can read the Dear Provider letter and other important information for providers at the attached link.

Jan 30, 2020

On-Demand Trainers: Plan Ahead in 2020! Get a head start on planning your staff training! All 2020 On-Demand Trainings are now available for scheduling in the Training Portal. This year's offerings feature new topics including safety, sustainability, and a new Town Hall Meeting. Click the link above to start scheduling your On-Demand Trainings today!

Jan 30, 2020

Interested in Becoming an On-Demand Trainer? Are you looking for new ways to train your staff? Do you need more flexibility with scheduling? On-Demand training can help! This feature gives you 24/7 access to a selection of our previously recorded webcasts, including handout materials. Visit the link above to learn more about On-Demand Training!

Jan 22, 2020

El Programa de Incentivo Educativo (EIP) 2020. Cuidado Infantil del Estado de Nueva York, Programa de Incentivo Educativo: Solicitud de becas y folleto informativo (2020).

Jan 13, 2020

On-Demand Trainers: 3 Trainings Now Available. The trainings are "Town Hall Meeting: Examining the Business Side of Child Care", "Safety throughout the Year" and "Foundations in Health and Safety". Log into the Training Portal today to start scheduling new training sessions!

Jan 09, 2020

Register now for Virtual Classroom offerings in 2020! Registration for all 2020 Virtual Classroom offerings is now open! New topics include program safety, nutrition and child abuse and maltreatment, in addition to several of 2019's popular topics. These 1.5-hour evening and weekend classes are available right from your home or office on a desktop, tablet or even a cell phone. All you need is a computer or device, Internet access, and your ECETP account. Availability for each class is limited, so register today!

Dec 12, 2019

Virtual Classroom offerings in 2019! Don't miss out! Register now for the final two Virtual Classroom offerings of 2019: "Moving and Grooving in your Child Care Program" on Wednesday, 12/18, and "Addressing Challenging Behavior: The Pyramid Model in Action" on Monday, 12/30. These free 1.5-hour evening and weekend Virtual Classes are available right from your home or office on a desktop, tablet or even a cell phone. All you need is a computer, Internet access, and your ECETP account. Availability is limited, so register today!

Dec 03, 2019

Educational Incentive Program (EIP) 2020. The 2020 Educational Incentive Program (EIP) scholarship application and brochure are now available online. Apply online now for classes beginning in 2020!

Nov 22, 2019

Licensed/Registered Child Day Care Regulations Update 2019. On September 25, 2019, the Office of Children and Family Services implemented new regulations for licensed and registered child care programs. The types of programs, or modalities include: Child Day Care Centers, Family Day Care Homes, Group Family Day Care Homes, School- Age Child Care and Small Day Care Centers. Although this presentation isn't a complete guide to the NYS Day Care Regulations, it does identify the sections of the regulations that have changed or have been added. This presentation will also tell you the type of program or modality the regulation affects.

Nov 20, 2019

On-Demand Trainings Available! Are you and your staff looking for new training opportunities to finish the year? Check out these trainings available to On-Demand trainers: (1) Addressing Challenging Behavior: The Pyramid Model in Action, (2) More Than Just "Use Your Words": Promoting Positive Communication with Children, (3) Nutrition: Obesity Prevention, Picky Eaters and Food Allergy Management, and (4) Foundations in Health and Safety. If you'd like to become an On-Demand Trainer, visit the On-Demand Training page for more information. If you are already an On-Demand trainer, log into the Training Portal today to start scheduling new training sessions!

Nov 19, 2019

Virtual Classroom offerings in November! Sign up now for 2 upcoming classes: "Moving and Grooving in your Child Care Program" on 11/19 and "Addressing Challenging Behavior: The Pyramid Model in Action" on 11/30. These free 1.5-hour evening and weekend Virtual Classes are available right from your home or office on a desktop, tablet or even a cell phone. All you need is a computer, Internet access, and your ECETP account! These classes are a great way to brush up on your skills and earn necessary training hours when it's convenient for you. Sessions fill up quickly, so check our website for other 2019 Virtual Classes class offerings and register today!

Nov 01, 2019

Time is running out! Register at one of the locations in NYS to participate in the November 6, 2019 webcast "Town Hall Meeting: Child Abuse and Maltreatment". As a Mandated Reporter you are required, by law, to report cases of suspected child abuse or maltreatment to the Statewide Central Register. Knowing when to make that call can be a difficult decision, and certainty about what happens next may make it seem more intimidating. During this unique training, staff from the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Child Protective Services (CPS) and the Statewide Central Register (SCR), will analyze case studies and highlight red flags with professionals from the child care community. At your site, you'll dissect the case studies and discuss your findings with your group. Then all participants around the state will tune in to hear what the experts have to say about the case studies and what you can do to avoid similar risky situations. This training will cover the OCFS training topic areas of statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment; child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention and safety and security procedures. The webcast is going to be packed with valuable information that will help fulfill your responsibilities as a Mandated Reporter of child abuse and maltreatment. You're not going to want to miss out, so register today!

Oct 21, 2019

Virtual Classroom training is now available! These free 1.5 hour evening and weekend Virtual Classes are available right from your home or office on a desktop, tablet or even a cell phone. Topics for 2019 include "Addressing Challenging Behavior: The Pyramid Model in Action", "Identifying and Helping Children Who have Experienced Trauma" and "Moving and Grooving in your Child Care Program." All you need is a computer, Internet access, and your ECETP account! These classes are a great way to brush up on your skills and earn necessary training hours when it's convenient for you. Sessions fill up quickly, so register today!

Oct 07, 2019

On-Demand Training Opportunity (Child Day Care Centers / School-Age Child Care Programs). Are you looking for new ways to train your staff? Do you need more flexibility with scheduling? Our On-Demand Training can help! This feature gives you 24/7 access to a selection of our previously recorded webcasts, including handout materials and directions for conducting the training and on-site activities. You're eligible to be an approved On-Demand Trainer if you're a director and/or qualified trainer in a child day care center or school-age child care program. Once you're approved, choose a topic and schedule a time that works best for you and your staff. If you'd like to become an On-Demand Trainer, visit the On-Demand Training page for more information.

Oct 03, 2019

On-Demand Trainers: 3 New Trainings Are Now Available. The three new trainings are: (1) Addressing Challenging Behavior: The Pyramid Model in Action, (2) More Than Just "Use Your Words": Promoting Positive Communication with Children, and (3) Nutrition: Obesity Prevention, Picky Eaters and Food Allergy Management. Log into the Training Portal today to start scheduling new training sessions!

Sep 19, 2019

Register today! Seats are filling up at locations all over the state to participate in the November 6, 2019 webcast "Town Hall Meeting: Child Abuse and Maltreatment." As a Mandated Reporter you are required, by law, to report cases of suspected child abuse or maltreatment to the Statewide Central Register. Knowing when to make that call can be a difficult decision, and certainty about what happens next may make it seem more intimidating. During this unique training, staff from the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Child Protective Services (CPS) and the Statewide Central Register (SCR), will analyze case studies and highlight red flags with professionals from the child care community. At your site, you'll dissect the case studies and discuss your findings with your group. Then all participants around the state will tune in to hear what the experts have to say about the case studies and what you can do to avoid similar risky situations. This training will cover the OCFS training topic areas of statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment; child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention and safety and security procedures. The webcast is going to be packed with valuable information that will help fulfill your responsibilities as a Mandated Reporter of child abuse and maltreatment. You're not going to want to miss out, so register today!

Sep 04, 2019

Seats are still available for Pyramid Model training. Register NOW for this NO-COST training opportunity! PDP sponsored Pyramid Model training is available at NO-COST for New York State childcare providers. To find an offering near you, visit the attached link.

Aug 12, 2019

Looking for FREE training that meets OCFS training requirements and conveniently fits into your busy schedule? Virtual Class webinars offer focused live interactive training exclusively for NYS-regulated child day care providers, with small class sizes for more individual attention. These webinars are offered evenings and weekends to help you make a big impact on your program with just a 90-minute time commitment—all you need is a computer, Internet access, and an ECETP account! Register today.

Jul 22, 2019

New e-Learning course available: "Implicit Bias in Early Childhood". The newest e-Learning course "Implicit Bias in Early Childhood" is available for training. During this fully narrated course you will learn information pertaining to how implicit, or unrecognized, biases can influence the children, families and staff in your childcare program. Learning points of the training are enhanced throughout using video clips and interactive exercises. This course will provide you with 1.5 hours of training in the following OCFS training topics: Principles of childhood development focusing on the developmental stages of the age groups for which the program provides care, and Child day care program development. Register today.

Jul 18, 2019

Did you know? Your e-Learning training can be automatically uploaded to your Aspire account. Your e-Learning training can be automatically uploaded to your Aspire account. This can now be done without the need to make and mail copies of your certificates, etc. You only need to add your Aspire member number to your ECETP account profile. Aspire will do all the work of recording the hours and topics completed. This will not only make it easier to track your progress but also provides a great Professional development record for yourself. Visit the NY training Registry (ASPIRE) website to learn more and get started.

Jul 18, 2019

Register today for the Wednesday, November 6th Webcast, Town Hall Meeting: Child Abuse and Maltreatment.  

Jun 26, 2019

Register today for the Tuesday July 16th Webcast, Safety throughout the Year. New webcast training sites are now available. Herkimer, NY - Herkimer Community College, New York, NY - ACS: Children's Center, and Bridgehampton, NY - The Children's Museum of the East End.

Jun 14, 2019

Free informational Webinar! The New York Center for Child Development (NYCCD) and the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) in collaboration with CTAC, is providing a free informational Webinar, the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood. The Webinar will review the specialized diagnostic classification system for infancy and early childhood, as well as approaches to diagnosis. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the manual and CEUs will be offered. Register for this free Webinar on June 27th!

Jun 07, 2019

Register now for the July 16th Webcast! Join us on July 16, 2019 for our webcast "Safety throughout the Year." You'll learn the components of safe child care programs including emergency planning and communication. You will also learn about seasonal safety tasks and how to address topics such as animals in programs, environmental concerns and much more. It's going to be packed with information that you're not going to want to miss, so register today!

May 07, 2019

CDC's Milestones Tracker app. The CDC has developed the Milestone Tracker app, now available for free download. Using the handy illustrated checklists, you can track child milestones from age 2 months to 5 years. This app also includes tips and activities, photos and videos to help identify milestones, appointment reminders, and milestone summaries.

Apr 24, 2019

No-cost, OCFS-sponsored training: Safety throughout the Year webcast. Tuesday, July 16, 2019 from 6:45 to 9:15 PM: Safety throughout the Year webcast. Register now and choose a location near you to attend this important training.

Mar 14, 2019

Register now for the April 11th Webcast! Register now for the April 11th webcast: Supporting Children and Families through Good Eating Practices.

Mar 13, 2019

No-Cost PDP-Sponsored Pyramid Model Classroom Training Available in 2019. PDP will be sponsoring no-cost Pyramid Model classroom training beginning in April 2019. Deliveries of the Pyramid Model Preschool Modules 1-3 and the Pyramid Model Infant and Toddler Modules 1-3 will be offered at various locations throughout New York State throughout the year. In order to be eligible, you must first create an ECETP account by clicking the "Log In" button in the top right corner of the homepage. You may search and register for available PDP Pyramid Model training on the ECETP Homepage by selecting "Find"; then "Find Trainings" on the toolbar at the top of the page or by clicking on the "Find Trainings" button in the middle of the homepage. Once on the training calendar site, select the PDP Pyramid Model checkbox under "Program" to find available trainings. Additional training deliveries will be added to the site throughout 2019, so check back often to see new classes and locations.

Mar 11, 2019

Register now for 2019 Webcast Trainings at a location near you! Webcasts are sponsored by the Office of Children and Family Services and are provided at no cost to you, so be sure to create an account/register through your ECETP account today. An ECETP account gives you faster access to your training certificates and streamlines the overall registration process. Visit the attached link for a schedule of webcast trainings and to register online.

Jan 31, 2019

IMPORTANT new information is available regarding EIP Scholarships for CDA Assessment and Renewal Fees. Please read!  

Jan 18, 2019

El Programa de Incentivo Educativo (EIP) 2019. Cuidado Infantil del Estado de Nueva York, Programa de Incentivo Educativo: Solicitud de becas y folleto informativo (2019).

Dec 17, 2018

OCFS has launched the Facility Application and Management System (FAMS). FAMS is a secure process that will first be available to all new Day Care Center (DCC) and School-Age Child Care (SACC) applicants to complete and submit their initial application for a child care license or registration online. Check out this video to learn more.

Dec 10, 2018

New Online Course: Prevention and Identification of Brain Injuries, Including Abusive Head Trauma (AHT). The newest e-Learning course "Prevention and Identification of Brain Injuries, Including Abusive Head Trauma (AHT)" is available for training. During this fully narrated course you will learn information pertaining to common causes of brain injuries in children as well as brain injury prevention tips that can be used in childcare programs and shared with families. Learning points of the training are enhanced throughout using video clips and interactive exercises. This course will provide you with 2 hours of training in the following OCFS training topics: Principles of childhood development, focusing on the developmental stages of the age groups for which the program provides care, Safety and security procedures, Education and information on the identification, diagnosis and prevention of shaken baby syndrome, Statutes and regulations pertaining to child day care, Statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment, and Child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention.

Dec 03, 2018

Educational Incentive Program (EIP) 2019. The Information Booklet and scholarship applications for the 2019 Educational Incentive Program are now available online. You can also apply online right on our website.

Nov 01, 2018

EIP scholarship application deadline. EIP applications for training taken in 2018 must be submitted by Saturday, December 1, 2018 to be considered for a scholarship. Applications for 2018 training will not be accepted after that date. We will begin accepting applications for 2019 scholarships on Monday, December 3, 2018.

Sep 24, 2018

NYS Pyramid Model Program-Wide Implementation Application for Cohort 3 – Due October 1!  

Sep 18, 2018

Register today! Seats are filling up at locations all over the state to participate in the October 25, 2018 webcast "Town Hall Meeting: Examining the Business Side of Child Care." The everyday actions and decisions of all individuals employed in a child care program (not just the director or owner/operator) can have a significant impact on its success as a business. During this unique training, attorney and child care business expert Tom Copeland, and OCFS regulations expert Mark DeCicco, analyze case studies and highlight regulatory red flags with professionals from the child care community. At your site, you'll dissect the case studies and discuss your findings with your group. Then all participants around the state will tune in to hear what the experts Mr. Copeland and Mr. DeCicco have to say about the case studies and what you can do to avoid similar risky situations. The webcast is going to be packed with valuable information that will help fulfill the business maintenance responsibilities of your program. You're not going to want to miss out, so register today!

Jun 06, 2018

Fax services restored. Fax services for ECETP and EIP are now up and running.

Apr 30, 2018

Educating for Sustainability. Join us on June 7, 2018 for our webcast "Educating for Sustainability." You'll discover why there is a growing recognition for educating for sustainability and STEAM curriculum in early childhood. You will also find out how you can use sustainability as a lens to envision your entire program from how decisions are made, to curriculum content, to configuring your play spaces and connecting with families. It's going to be packed with information that you're not going to want to miss, so register today!

Mar 06, 2018

Building Healthy Relationships with Effective Communication. Join us on April 12, 2018 for our webcast "Building Healthy Relationships with Effective Communication." You'll learn how to use strong, professional communication skills to create a welcoming atmosphere, resolve conflicts and communicate sensitive information. You will also gain knowledge of the ins and outs of using social networking as a way to communicate in the early childhood field, as well as tips on how to cultivate a stronger relationship with your licensor or registrar. It's going to be packed with information that you're not going to want to miss, so register today!

Mar 06, 2018

EIP Scholarships for coaching are available for child care providers. Professional development hours obtained through coaching are eligible to be used towards the 30 hour regulatory training requirements. Child care providers interested in applying for coaching can get more information by visiting the attached link.

Feb 26, 2018

The 2018 Early Childhood Webcast training schedule is now available.  

Feb 21, 2018

Need training in business, program development or another OCFS topic area? Join us for our 2018 Webcasts! Titles include "Building Healthy Relationships with Effective Communication," "Educating for Sustainability" and "Town Hall Meeting - Examining the Business Side of Child Care." More information can be found on our website. Register today online!

Feb 12, 2018

El Programa de Incentivo Educativo (EIP) 2018. Cuidado Infantil del Estado de Nueva York, El Programa de Incentivo Educativo: 2018 Solicitud de becas y folleto informativo.

Dec 04, 2017

Educational Incentive Program (EIP) 2018. The Information Booklet and scholarship applications for the 2018 Educational Incentive Program are now available online. You can also apply online right on our website.

Nov 27, 2017

Interested in Becoming an On-Demand Trainer? Are you looking for new ways to train your staff? Do you need more flexibility with scheduling? Our On-Demand training can help! This feature gives you 24/7 access to a selection of our previously recorded webcasts, including handout materials. You are eligible to be an approved On-Demand Trainer if you're a Child Day Care Center Director or Director of a School-Age Child Care program. Once you're approved, simply pick a topic and schedule a training time that works best for you and your staff. Visit the On-Demand Web Based Training page for more information.

Nov 27, 2017

Current On-Demand Trainers: 2 New Trainings Are Available. Two new trainings are available. The new titles are "Addressing Challenging Behavior: The Pyramid Model in Action" and "Identifying and Helping Children Who Have Experienced Trauma".

Sep 15, 2017

Special Webcast: Focus on the New York State Child Day Care Regulations. Join us on October 26, 2017 for our videoconference titled "Special Webcast: Focus on the New York State Child Day Care Regulations." You'll get up-to-date information regarding the child day care regulations, including in-depth looks at specific policies, regulations, and training requirements. A discussion on statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment will also take place.* It's going to be packed with information that you’re not going to want to miss, so register today! *Additional Training Topic Areas added: (4) Safety and security procedures, (8) Statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment.

Sep 14, 2017

9 月30日截止日期提醒。 聯邦兒童照護與發展分類津貼 (federal Child Care and Development Block Grant, CCDBG) 要求特定的授權、註冊與法律豁免的兒童照護員工、看護人員與志工於 2017年9 月30日前完成健康與安全訓練。5 小時的 OCFS 健康與安全基金會線上學習將滿足所有必要的健康與安全主題。此訓練不收費,請立即報名並完成訓練!

Aug 25, 2017

EIP Scholarships for Coaching are now available for child care providers. 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. Information for Child care providers who are interested in applying for EIP Coaching scholarships can be found at the link above.