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Jan 23, 2023

Dear Provider Letter: Updates about Comprehensive Background Checks. 

On December 8, 2022 OCFS issued a Dear Provider Letter in English and Spanish containing important information and updates about comprehensive background checks that could impact your child care program. You are encouraged to read it carefully and visit CCDBG Background Checks at OCFS (ny.gov) for additional information. You can also contact your licensing or registration representative for additional assistance.

Jan 18, 2023

January is National Bath Safety month. 

Each year thousands of people of all ages visit the emergency room due to bathroom-related slips and falls. You may not provide baths in your program but here is some important information you can share with families to make bath time safer.

Jan 13, 2023

Happy 2023! Is your New Year's resolution to get more training? 

If yes, visit the ECETP website to register for upcoming virtual classes on topics such as understanding allergies, children with special needs, developmentally appropriate practice, mental health and nutrition. All classes offer 1.5 training credit hours in OCFS approved training topics.

Jan 12, 2023

NEW for 2023: Income is no longer used as a factor to determine eligibility for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid (CPR/FA) training scholarships. 

Applicants only need to send proof of employment and SSN verification with their EIP Application. The maximum annual scholarship is $125 for classroom training or up to $95 for blended training that includes online training with an in-person skills testing component. These scholarships are in addition to the other maximum annual amounts.

Jan 10, 2023

Consumer Product Safety Commission announces Rock 'n Play Sleeper Recall. 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is reaching out again to warn against using Rock ‘n Play Sleepers. Since the initial recall in April 2019, at least 8 deaths have occurred. For additional information, visit CPSC.gov.

Safe sleep practices are outlined in the regulations.

Please share this information with families. Thank you.

Jan 10, 2023

La Comisión de Seguridad de Productos del Consumidor está advirtiéndonos otra vez contra el uso de Rock 'n Play Sleepers. 

Estimado proveedor de cuidado infantil, La Comisión de Seguridad de Productos del Consumidor está advirtiéndonos otra vez contra el uso de Rock 'n Play Sleepers. Desde el retiro inicial en abril de 2019, se han producido al menos 8 muertes. Para obtener información adicional, visite CPSC.gov.

Las prácticas de sueño seguro se describen en las regulaciones.

Por favor comparta esta información con las familias. Gracias.

Jan 09, 2023

CPSC Sippy Cup Recall. 

On December 7, 2022 the Office of Children and Family Services posted information regarding a CPSC sippy cup recall. You can find the information in English and Spanish on their website.

Jan 04, 2023

Register now for upcoming Virtual Classes on timely topics! 

Register now for upcoming Virtual Classes on timely topics such as the importance of understanding allergies, developmentally appropriate practice and inclusive child care, and more! Seats are still available for the January 11th class "Do You Know Why: The Importance of Understanding Allergies" from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, so register today to secure your spot!

Registration is currently open for all First Quarter Virtual Classes, so check out our catalogue and find the courses you need today!.

Jan 04, 2023

El curso eLearning, "¿Qué es el cuidado infantil legalmente exento?" se encuentra ahora disponible en español. 

Este curso totalmente narrado está dirigido a proveedores legalmente exentos inscritos y a las personas interesadas en convertirse en proveedores legalmente exentos inscritos. La capacitación aborda por qué el cuidado infantil legalmente exento inscrito podría ser la opción apropiada para familias o proveedores. Define los distintos tipos de cuidado infantil legalmente exento. Por último, ofrece a los participantes una descripción general de las regulaciones del estado de Nueva York que deben cumplir los proveedores legalmente exentos inscritos.

Este curso provee 1 hora de capacitación en los siguientes temas de capacitación de OCFS:

  • Desarrollo de un programa de cuidado infantil
  • Estatutos y regulaciones relacionados al cuidado infantil

Regístrese hoy.

Jan 04, 2023

The e-Learning course, "What Is Legally Exempt Child Care?," is now available in Spanish. 

This fully narrated course is targeted to enrolled legally exempt providers and people interested in becoming enrolled legally exempt providers. The training discusses why enrolled legally exempt child care might be the right option for families, or un-enrolled providers. It defines the different types of legally exempt child care. Finally, it gives participants an overview of the New York State regulations enrolled legally exempt providers must follow.

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

  • Child Day Care Program Development
  • Statutes and Regulations Pertaining to Child Day Care

Register today.

Jan 02, 2023

Target Weighted Blanket Recall. 

Product recall: On December 22, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Target has recalled children's Pillowfort Weighted Blankets due to an asphyxiation hazard. Consumers are urged to stop using the weighted blanket immediately and contact Target for a refund.

Dec 22, 2022

The Retroactive Absences Grant Opportunity deadline to apply has been extended to December 30, 2022. 

The grant, offered by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Division of Child Care Services (DCCS), provides payments for absences to child care providers that served at least one child in receipt of child care assistance for care provided on or after April 1, 2020 and prior to December 1, 2021. Contact your licensor, registrar or enrollment agency for more information.

Dec 20, 2022

Winter Safety. 

The winter season will soon be here. This should bring special safety considerations around holiday gatherings, decorating and heating to the top of your mind.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has lots of important information on getting ready for cold weather.

And make sure you are following the most current version of the New York State Child Day Care Regulations related to heating sources and detectors by visiting the OCFS website.

Dec 19, 2022

The eLearning course, "Child Care Requirements and Resources for Legally Exempt Providers" is now available in Spanish. 

This fully narrated course explains how to use the resources in the Enrollment Information Packet for Legally Exempt Providers (OCFS-7026) to promote children’s health and safety. It summarizes circumstances under which providers are required to contact families and enrollment agencies. The course also describes the different kinds of inspections that programs and providers may undergo, how to prepare for them, and what to expect during an inspection.

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

  • Safety and Security
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Business Records
  • Statutes and Regulations Pertaining to Child Day Care
  • Child Care Program Development

Register today.

Dec 19, 2022

El curso eLearning, "Requisitos y recursos de cuidado infantil para proveedores legalmente exentos" se encuentra ahora disponible en español. 

Este curso totalmente narrado explica cómo usar los recursos en el Paquete informativo de inscripción para proveedores de cuidado infantil legalmente exentos (OCFS-7026-S) para promover la salud y seguridad de los niños. Resume las circunstancias en las que los proveedores deben contactar a las familias y agencias de inscripción. El curso también describe los distintos tipos de inspecciones a las que los programas y proveedores pueden tener que someterse, cómo prepararse para ellas y qué esperar durante una inspección.

Este curso provee 1.5 horas de capacitación en los siguientes temas de capacitación de OCFS:

  • Seguridad y protección
  • Nutrición y salud
  • Mantenimiento de récords de negocio y gerencia
  • Estatutos y regulaciones relacionados al cuidado infantil
  • Desarrollo de un programa de cuidado infantil

Regístrese hoy.

Dec 19, 2022

Registration is now open for virtual classes in the first quarter of 2023! 

Sign up now for these interactive training opportunities on important topics such as understanding and responding to allergies, developmentally appropriate practice and supporting special needs and more! Capacity is limited, so register today to secure your seat. Registration for second-quarter classes will open on Monday, March 20, 2023.

Dec 16, 2022

Toys/Plastics Safety: When purchasing gifts for children, it's important to keep safety at the top of your mind. 

The holiday season is upon us – a time to give thanks and appreciation to those we care about. Sometimes those thanks come with a gift.

When purchasing gifts for children, it's important to keep safety at the top of your mind. Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website for information about ways to keep everyone safe during the holiday season.

It's also important to be aware of what the toys and materials are made of. Some plastics are known to contain toxic chemicals that can have a negative impact on our health. Check out this fact sheet on plastics from Eco-Healthy Child Care for more information.

Wishing you all the best for a safe and healthy 2022 holiday season.

Dec 13, 2022

Reminder... Cold Weather and Respiratory Illnesses. 

On November 14, 2022, the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) issued a Cold Weather and Respiratory Illnesses Dear Provider Letter. The letter contains important information on how to prevent and respond to illness in your child care program. We encourage you to read the letter, review regulations regarding health and infection control and your program's Health Care Plan and share this information with staff and families.

Visit the OCFS website for the the November 14, 2022, Cold Weather and Respiratory Illnesses Dear Provider letter and resources about RSV.

Dec 12, 2022

Nueva oportunidad de clase virtual! (Registration is open for a new virtual class!) "Apoyos para niños con necesidades especiales mediante el cuidado infantil inclusivo" 

Nueva oportunidad de clase virtual! Ya están abiertas las inscripciones para la clase virtual más nueva, "Apoyos para niños con necesidades especiales mediante el cuidado infantil inclusivo". Acompáñenos para explorar maneras en las que usted puede colaborar y apoyar a los niños con necesidades especiales mediante la inclusión en su programa. Aprenderá las definiciones, leyes, regulaciones y sistemas que existen para ayudar a los niños con necesidades especiales y a sus familias. Aprenderá las definiciones, leyes, regulaciones y sistemas que existen para ayudar a los niños con necesidades especiales y a sus familias.

Dec 02, 2022

EIP is now accepting applications for the 2023 scholarship year. 

We are pleased to announce some exciting changes with the start of the 2023 scholarship year. The income chart levels have increased to allow more providers the ability to participate, the annual scholarship caps for both college and credential training have increased to $2,500, and income is no longer an eligibility factor for CRP/FA scholarships. Training must begin and end in 2023 to be considered for a scholarship.

The 2022 scholarship year is now closed, and we are no longer accepting applications.

Dec 02, 2022

Free Developmental Screening Virtual Event – December 9, 2023 

The NYS Council on Child and Families is sponsoring this virtual event on December 9th, from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. This event is open to anyone working with or caring for children prenatal to five years old, including parents, caregivers, and early childhood teachers. All are encouraged to participate.

This is a great opportunity to receive updates on current initiatives in NYS to strengthen developmental screening and how to achieve equity in screening.

Register for the 2022 New York State Developmental Screening Convening.

Oct 31, 2022

The last day to submit an EIP application for the 2022 scholarship year will be Thursday, December 1, 2022. 

All application-supporting documentation must be received by 12/30/2022. No awards for 2022 training will be issued after 12/30/2022.

EIP will begin accepting applications for the 2023 scholarship year on Friday, December 2, 2022.

Oct 31, 2022

New Virtual Class Opportunity: Registration is now open for the newest virtual class "Supporting Children with Special Needs through Inclusive Child Care" on Monday, November 21st. 

Additional sessions in English and Spanish will be offered in December.

Join us to explore ways you can work with and support children with special needs through inclusion in your program. You will learn definitions, laws, regulations and systems in place to help children with special needs and their families.

Capacity is limited so register today.

Oct 20, 2022

New Virtual Class Opportunity: Registration is now open for "Do You Know Why? The Importance of Understanding Allergies" being offered on Tuesday, November 15th. 

Join us to learn more about allergies and anaphylaxis, Elijah's Law and the "why" behind the regulations. We will share information about communication and initiatives involving allergies as well as good strategies and techniques you can implement in your program to keep all children safe.

Capacity is limited so register today.

Oct 20, 2022

NYSDOH Flu Education Amendment – Please Post! 

It's time to post information about the flu and the benefits of flu vaccination. For information regarding posting requirements and to locate flyers in multi-languages, visit Flu (Influenza) Information for Child-Care Providers and Schools (health.ny.gov).

Sep 20, 2022

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 and school-age child care programs can apply to become On-Demand Trainers. Learn more about On-Demand Training!

Aug 23, 2022

Additional offerings of "Town Hall Meeting: Child Abuse and Maltreatment" virtual class have just been added! 

Three more sessions have been added, including daytime classes in October and November. Register today to secure your seat!

Aug 15, 2022

The new eLearning "Identifying and Responding to Anaphylaxis" is now available in English and Spanish. 

We're pleased to announce the availability of two new eLearnings. The "Identifying and Responding to Anaphylaxis: Elijah’s Law" course has been updated in both English and Spanish. The new versions are titled "Identifying and Responding to Anaphylaxis" and "Identificando y Respondiendo a la Anafilaxia". These courses have been revised to reflect the expansion of OCFS's non-patient-specific epinephrine-auto injector initiative. You can read more about it in the Dear Provider Letter here. Licensed and registered programs may now receive 3 epinephrine auto-injector packs (2 injectors, 1 training device in each pack). These packs are available in the following doses: infant/toddler, child, and older child/teen/adult.

The courses have been expanded to include information on the availability of the new doses and how to get them. As a result, they now provide 1.5 hours of training in the following OCFS training topics:

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

You can find the English and Spanish courses in our eLearning catalog. These courses are also available as On-Demand Trainings. Check out the On-Demand section of our website for more information.

Aug 15, 2022

El nuevo curso eLearning "Identificando y Respondiendo a la Anafilaxia" se encuentra ahora disponible en inglés y español. 

Nos place anunciar la disponibilidad de dos nuevos cursos de eLearning. El curso "Identificando y Respondiendo a la Anafilaxia: Ley de Elijah" ha sido actualizado al inglés y al español. Las nuevas versiones se titulan "Identifying and Responding to Anaphylaxis" e "Identificando y Respondiendo a la Anafilaxia". Estos cursos han sido revisados para reflejar la expansión de la iniciativa del autoinyector de epinefrina no específico al paciente de OCFS. Usted puede leer más sobre esto en la carta de Estimado Proveedor aquí. Programas licenciados y registrados ahora pueden recibir hasta 3 paquetes de autoinyectores de epinefrina (2 inyectores, 1 aparato de entrenamiento en cada paquete). Estos paquetes se encuentran disponibles en las siguientes dosis: infante/niño pequeño, niño, y niño mayor/adolescente/adulto.

Los cursos se han expandido para incluir información acerca de la disponibilidad de las nuevas dosis y cómo conseguirlas. Como resultado, ahora proveen 1.5 horas de capacitación en los siguientes temas de capacitación de OCFS:

  • Principios del Desarrollo Infantil
  • Nutrición y Salud
  • Seguridad y Procedimientos de Seguridad
  • Mantenimiento de Récords de Negocio y Gerencia

Usted puede encontrar los cursos en inglés y español en nuestro catálogo de eLearning. Estos cursos también se encuentran disponibles como capacitaciones En-Demanda. Visite la sección de En-Demanda de nuestra página electrónica para más información.

Aug 10, 2022

NYSB5 Parent/Primary Care Giver Survey. 

Attention Child Care Providers, Parents and Guardians: Please take a few moments to complete the NYS Birth through Five (NYSB5) Parent/Primary Care Giver Survey. The New York State Council on Children and Families and the Center for Human Services Research need your input about your child’s early care and education. Please share this link with parents and caregivers in your network. A $5 gift card will be sent by email to all who participate in the survey!

Jun 28, 2022

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 and school-age child care programs can apply to become On-Demand Trainers. Learn more about On-Demand Training!.

Jun 21, 2022

CPSC and Fisher-Price Warn Consumers About 13 Deaths in Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler and Newborn-to-Toddler Rockers: Advise Rockers Should Never Be Used for Sleep. 

The safest place for babies to sleep is alone, on their backs, in a standard crib or bassinette on a firm mattress. Per regulations, children may not sleep or nap in car seats, baby swings, strollers, infant seats or bouncy seats (416.7, 417.7, 418-1.7, 418-2.7). Check the DCCS website to review safe sleep regulations for your type of care. You can also visit OCFS's Safe Sleep webpage for more information.

Jun 15, 2022

Are you interested in implementing the Pyramid Model in your program? 

Sign up for this preparation series: "Roadmap to NYS Pyramid Model Implementation". An overview of the Pyramid Model, how it complements other NYS initiatives, and what's involved in becoming an implementing program will be covered.

View the registration flyer for more information and to register online.

Jun 10, 2022

What is Anaphylaxis? Do You and Your Staff Know What to Do? 

Reach out to your regulator to obtain copies of the poster entitled, "What is Anaphylaxis?". The posters will serve as a visual reminder to staff in the classroom. Visit the OCFS website for a paper size version of the poster.

Jun 01, 2022

Best Practices in Child Care Health Consultation Webinar: June 16, 2022 at 2:00 PM. 

This webinar highlights how child care health consultants (CCHCs) can best influence children's health and well-being. There are many variations in the types of work CCHC does, strategies for funding CCHCs, and ways to coordinate the CCHC workforce.

You may watch the full CCHC webinar series on demand.

May 16, 2022

Infant Formula Shortages 

On May 12, 2022, Governor Hochul announced resources for New York families amid nationwide infant formula shortages. Please visit the OCFS website for details or go to the Governor's site for more information. Please share this information with impacted families!

Mar 28, 2022

Do you know: you cannot see, smell, or taste lead in water? 

Testing is the only way to know if lead is present. The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is proud to be implementing the Lead Testing in Drinking Water Program, at no cost, for licensed and registered child care facilities. Please visit the OCFS webpage for more information and to learn all the details about this program.

Mar 28, 2022

Sabe usted que: ¿no puede ver, oler o probar el plomo en el agua? 

Haciendo una prueba es la única forma de saber si hay plomo presente. La Oficina de Servicios para Niños y Familias (OCFS, por sus siglas en inglés) se enorgullece de implementar el Programa de Pruebas de Plomo en el Agua Potable, sin costo alguno, para centros de cuidado infantil autorizados y registrados. Visite la página web de la OCFS para obtener más información y conocer todos los detalles sobre este programa.

Mar 28, 2022

The eLearning "Identifying and Responding to Anaphylaxis: Elijah’s Law" is now available in Spanish. 

This valuable training will help you prepare for preventing and responding to allergic reactions in children.

The course provides 1 hour of training in the following OCFS training topics:

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

Please note, this course is also available as an On-Demand Training. Check out the On-Demand section of our website for more information.

Mar 28, 2022

El eLearning "Identificando y respondiendo a la anafilaxia: la Ley de Elijah" se encuentra ahora disponible en español. 

Este valioso entrenamiento le ayudará a prepararse para prevenir y responder a reacciones alérgicas en los niños

El curso provee 1 hora de entrenamiento en los siguientes temas de entrenamiento de OCFS:

  • principios de desarrollo de la niñez
  • procedimientos de seguridad y protección
  • mantenimiento y manejo de los registros de la empresa

Por favor note, este curso también se encuentra disponible en entrenamiento bajo demanda (On-Demand). Verifique nuestra sección de Bajo Demanda en la página web para más información.

Mar 15, 2022

Approval for virtual training has been extended through 12/31/2022. 

Approval for virtual training has been extended through 12/31/2022. You must have prior approval to deliver virtual training. Please review and complete this Questionnaire to be considered for approval.

Mar 03, 2022

For Licensed, Registered, or Legally Exempt Group Providers... 

Effective March 2, 2022, masks are no longer required in child care programs. Children and staff may continue to wear a mask if they prefer to do so.

Efectivo marzo 2, 2022, las máscaras no serán requeridas en los programas de cuidado infantil. El personal y los niños pueden continuar usando una máscara si así lo prefieren.

Jan 28, 2022

Directors and Trainers: have you started your 2022 planning? 

Are you looking for in-service training opportunities? On-Demand Training gives you 24/7 access to 21 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!

Jan 20, 2022

The newest eLearning course, "Child Care Requirements and Resources for Legally Exempt Providers" is available for training. 

This fully narrated course explains how to use the resources in the Enrollment Information Packet for Legally Exempt Providers (OCFS-7026) to promote children's health and safety. It summarizes circumstances under which providers are required to contact families and enrollment agencies. The course also describes the different kinds of inspections that programs and providers may undergo, how to prepare for them, and what to expect during an inspection.

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

  • Safety and Security
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Business Records
  • Statutes and Regulations Pertaining to Child Day Care
  • Child Care Program

Register today.

Jan 19, 2022

Part 415 Child Care Services (child care subsidy, legally exempt providers) is now available in Spanish. 

Check out OCFS's Child Care Regulations and Policies page to review Part 415 in Spanish. It’s available as a PDF or downloadable Word document.

Jan 19, 2022

Parte 415 Servicios de Cuidado Infantil (cuidado infantil subsidiado, proveedores legalmente exentos) ya está disponible en español. 

Vea la página de OCFS Regulaciones y Pólizas para revisar la Parte 415 en español. Se encuentra disponible en formato PDF o documento descargable en Word.

Si su enlace no se encuentra automáticamente traducido al español, siga las siguientes instrucciones para traducir la página de OCFS al español: una vez en la página, deslice en la pantalla hasta que vea una opción de color púrpura a su mano izquierda que lee "Translate this page", seleccione la opción, seleccione "Select Language" y finalmente seleccione "Spanish" de la lista de opciones.

Jan 03, 2022

MAT Scholarship Progran Beginning January 2, 2022. 

The MAT Rebate Program will be become the MAT Scholarship Program beginning January 2022! All child care providers and employees in New York State working in family day care, group family day care, school-age child care, day care centers, small day care centers or legally exempt providers are eligible. Read more information about the MAT Scholarship.

Dec 31, 2021

El Programa de Incentivos Educativos (EIP) 2022.  Programa de Incentivo Educativo, Solicitud de becas y folleto informativo (PDF)

Cuidado Infantil del Estado de Nueva York, Programa de Incentivos Educativos: Solicitud de beca y folleto informativo (2022).

Dec 20, 2021

Registration is now open for all 2022 Virtual Class offerings! 

These interactive trainings on a variety of early education topics offer you a chance to interact with other providers to share ideas and best practices. Class size is limited, so be sure to register for Virtual Class training and secure your seat today!

Dec 17, 2021

Have you taken the "Identifying and Responding to Anaphylaxis: Elijah's Law" e-Learning yet? 

This valuable training will you help prepare for preventing and responding to allergic reactions in children.

The course provides 1 hour of training in the following OCFS training topics:

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

Please note, this course is also available as an On-Demand Training. Check out the On-Demand section of our website for more information.

Dec 17, 2021

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

On-Demand Training gives you 24/7 access to 21 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.

You can also apply to deliver On-Demand Training virtually through 6/30/22. Our 21 On-Demand courses are now available for scheduling from today until 9/30/22. Learn more about On-Demand Training!

Dec 03, 2021

Attention Training Organizations: Approval for Virtual Training has been extended through 06/30/2022. 

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.

Dec 02, 2021

EIP is now accepting applications for the 2022 scholarship year. 

We are pleased to announce an upgraded application system with the start of the 2022 scholarship year. The new features remove nearly 100% of paper-based communications. Applicants will upload application supporting documents during the application submission process. Applications and awards will be signed electronically, and notifications regarding status changes and reminder emails will be automatically sent. Training must begin and end in 2022 to be considered for a scholarship.

The 2021 scholarship year is now closed, and we are no longer accepting applications.

Nov 30, 2021

Today is the LAST DAY to apply for a Child Care Stabilization Grant! 

Check out OCFS's Child Care Stabilization Grant web page for information on eligibility and how to apply.

OCFS is holding its final informational session today, Nov. 30th, at 1pm. You can find details on the session, in English and Spanish, in this flyer.

Nov 30, 2021

The ECETP web site and Training Portal site will be temporarily unavailable on December 2nd from 5am-8am. 

We thank you in advance for your patience while we conduct important maintenance.

Nov 29, 2021

Tomorrow is the LAST DAY to apply for a Child Care Stabilization Grant. 

Check out OCFS's Child Care Stabilization Grant web page for information on eligibility and how to apply.

OCFS is also holding informational sessions today, Nov. 29th, and tomorrow, Nov. 30th. You can find details on these informational sessions, in English and Spanish, in this flyer.

Nov 26, 2021

November 30th is the LAST DAY to apply for Child Care Stabilization Grants. 

You can use Child Care Stabilization Grant money to pay for food, food services, and equipment and materials for mealtimes! Check out this Child Stabilization Grant PDF for more information. Questions? Visit the OCFS Child Care Stabilization Grant page.

Nov 26, 2021

El 30 de noviembre es el ÚLTIMO DÍA para solicitar la Subvención de Estabilidad de Cuidado Infantil. 

¡Puede utilizar los fondos de la Subvención de Estabilización de Cuidado Infantil para pagar alimentos y servicios alimentarios, y equipos y materiales para las comidas! Mire este PDF de la Subvención de Estabilización de Cuidado Infantil para obtener más información. ¿Preguntas? Visite el sitio web del Centro de ayuda de estabilización.

Nov 24, 2021

Do you need to make physical changes to your program because of COVID-19? 

You can use Child Care Stabilization grant money to pay for things like upgrading playgrounds, installing touch-free faucets, and replacing carpet with linoleum. Check out this Child Care Stabilization Grant video for more information. Questions? Visit the OCFS Child Care Stabilization Grant page.

Nov 24, 2021

¿Necesita realizar cambios físicos a su programa debido a COVID-19? 

Puede utilizar los fondos de la Subvención de Estabilización de Cuidado Infantil para pagar cosas como mejorar las áreas de juegos, instalar llaves sin contacto y reemplazar las alfombras con linóleo. Mire este video de la Subvención de Estabilización de Cuidado Infantil para obtener más información. ¿Preguntas? Visite el sitio web del Centro de ayuda de estabilización.

Nov 23, 2021

Are you or your staff interested in getting a COVID-19 booster? 

You can use Child Care Stabilization Grant money to pay for support for getting the COVID-19 vaccine. This can include appointments, paid sick leave, and transportation costs. Watch these Child Care Stabilization Grant videos for more information:

Remember, the last day to apply for a Child Care Stabilization Grant is Nov. 30th!

Nov 22, 2021

November 30th is the LAST DAY to apply for Child Care Stabilization Grants. 

OCFS is holding an informational session today, Nov. 22nd at 2pm. They’ll be holding more sessions next week. Check out this flyer for more information in English and Spanish.

Nov 19, 2021

Nov 19, 2021

Nov 18, 2021

Nov 17, 2021

Did you know the Child Care Stabilization Grant can help you pay for childhood mental health supports as well as mental health consultations for staff? 

You can use Child Care Stabilization grant money to pay for Infant Toddler and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultations, as well as other types of mental health supports for your staff (training & development, stress management, and program materials and supplies). Don’t delay! Check out this this Child Care Stabilization Grant PDF for more information!

Nov 17, 2021

¿Sabía que puede utilizar los fondos de la Subvención de Estabilización de Cuidado Infantil para pagar apoyos para la salud mental infantil y consultas de salud mental para el personal? 

Puede utilizar los fondos de la Subvención de Estabilización de Cuidado Infantil para pagar consultas de salud mental para bebés y niños pequeños, y otros tipos de apoyo de salud mental para el personal (entrenamiento, manejo del estrés, y suministros y materiales del programa). ¡No se demore! Mire este PDF de la Subvención de Estabilización de Cuidado Infantil para obtener más información.

Nov 16, 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 a 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 multiple 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!

Nov 03, 2021

Do you serve three- and four-year-old children? Do they get bussed to your program... or not? 

Your participation in a brief survey on Transportation for three- and four-year-olds to Early Childhood sites is needed! All answers will be confidential. This survey was created to learn more about the availability of transportation for this age group to early child care sites, particularly those located in rural areas, and to identify what barriers may exist to transporting them. Please help us learn more by forwarding this important information.

Oct 28, 2021

Attention Parents and Caregivers in NYS who have children who are newborn to 5 years old: You may be eligible to receive a $25 Target Gift Card for your participation! 

The NYSB5 team at the Council on Children and Families are working with their partners at the Center for Human Services Research and setting up virtual focus groups to hear from NYS parents and caregivers about their experiences with child care and early childhood programs and services. They would like you to spread the word with your networks and community members. Find the zoom link, meeting number, and your region at the Council of Children and Families NYSB5 page.

Oct 28, 2021

Has COVID-19 affected your ability to pay business-related expenses? 

Did you know you can use Child Care Stabilization Grant money to pay for things like utilities, rent or mortgage payments, and even late fees from past business expenses? Watch this Child Care Stabilization Grant video for more information. Questions? Visit the OCFS Child Care Stabilization Grant page.

Oct 28, 2021

¿COVID-19 ha afectado su capacidad para pagar los gastos relacionados con el negocio? 

¿Sabía que puede utilizar los fondos de la Subvención de Estabilización de Cuidado Infantil para pagar cosas como servicios públicos, alquiler o pago de cualquier obligación hipotecaria e incluso cargos por mora de su negocio? Mire este video de la Subvención de Estabilización de Cuidado Infantil para obtener más información. ¿Preguntas? Visite el sitio web del Centro de ayuda de estabilización.

Oct 26, 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!

Oct 20, 2021

Do you need to make physical changes to your program because of COVID-19? 

You can use Child Care Stabilization grant money to pay for things like upgrading playgrounds, installing touch-free faucets, and replacing carpet with linoleum. Check out this Child Care Stabilization Grant video for more information. Questions? Visit the OCFS Child Care Stabilization Grant page.

Oct 20, 2021

¿Necesita realizar cambios físicos a su programa debido a COVID-19? 

Puede utilizar los fondos de la Subvención de Estabilización de Cuidado Infantil para pagar cosas como mejorar las áreas de juegos, instalar llaves sin contacto y reemplazar las alfombras con linóleo. Mire este video de la Subvención de Estabilización de Cuidado Infantil para obtener más información. ¿Preguntas? Visite el sitio web del Centro de ayuda de estabilización.

Oct 12, 2021

The newest e-Learning course, "What Is Legally Exempt Child Care?," is available for training. 

This fully narrated course is targeted to enrolled legally exempt providers and people interested in becoming enrolled legally exempt providers. The training discusses why enrolled legally exempt child care might be the right option for families, or un-enrolled providers. It defines the different types of legally exempt child care. Finally, it gives participants an overview of the New York State regulations enrolled legally exempt providers must follow.

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

  • Child Day Care Program Development
  • Statutes and Regulations Pertaining to Child Day Care

Register for the newest e-Learning course, "What Is Legally Exempt Child Care?" today!

Oct 12, 2021

Oct 04, 2021

Explore Early Childhood Career Pathways and Opportunities. 

Eight Regional Early Childhood Career Development Centers conveniently located across NYS offer comprehensive career advisement and development services at no cost to all current and aspiring early childhood professionals. Take advantage of these free services to plan your professional development activities and enhance your career. Visit the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute for more information or to explore the Job Board.

Sep 30, 2021

October is Eat Better, Eat Together Month. 

You can use Child Care Stabilization grant money to pay for food, food services, and equipment and materials for mealtimes! Check out this Child Stabilization Grant PDF for more information. Questions? Visit the OCFS Child Care Stabilization Grant page.

Sep 30, 2021

Octubre es el Mes de comer mejor juntos. 

¡Puede utilizar los fondos de la Subvención de Estabilización de Cuidado Infantil para pagar alimentos y servicios alimentarios, y equipos y materiales para las comidas! Mire este PDF de la Subvención de Estabilización de Cuidado Infantil para obtener más información. ¿Preguntas? Visite el sitio web del Centro de ayuda de estabilización.

Sep 27, 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!

Sep 27, 2021

Good News for EIP Scholarship Applicants! 

Although the Educational Incentive Program (EIP) has depleted its funding for 2021, 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.

Sep 23, 2021

¿Necesita ayuda para obtener equipo de protección personal, como máscaras, para su programa?  Child Stabilization Grant video on YouTube.

¡Puede usar los fondos de la Subvención de Estabilización de Cuidado Infantil para pagar estos suministros! Mire este video de la Subvención de Estabilización de Cuidado Infantil para obtener más información. ¿Preguntas? Visite el sitio web del Centro de ayuda de estabilización.

Sep 23, 2021

Need help getting personal protective equipment, like masks, for your program?  Child Stabilization Grant video on YouTube.

You can use Child Care Stabilization grant money to purchase these supplies! Watch this Child Stabilization Grant video for more information. Questions? Visit the OCFS Child Care Stabilization Grant page.

Sep 20, 2021

Want to make improvements to your program? Would you like to provide training for your staff? 

The Child Care Stabilization Grant is here to help in these areas and so much more! Read this FAQ: "How can I use this grant money?", for a quick overview.

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).