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Child Care Training

The Southern Adirondack Child Care Network offers a range of training opportunities and programs with the goal of helping child care providers develop and/or improve child care practices through professional development, training, and technical assistance. Educational opportunities are open to:

  • Family & Group Family Child Care Providers
  • Day Care Center Staff
  • School-Age Child Care Program Staff
  • other organizations/staff that work with children

Training Calendar

Our newsletter is printed quarterly and includes a list of trainings on topics that meet the 9 NYSOCFS training guidelines.  To view training calendar click here.

Training Requirements

The New York State Child Day Care Regulations require providers to obtain appropriate training to maintain their license or registration.

The NYS Child Day Care Regulations have specific training requirements for child care providers. Providers and employees must take a minimum of 30 hours of training every two years. Each of the following topic areas must be addressed:

  1. Principles of childhood development, including the appropriate supervision of children, meeting the needs of children enrolled in the program with physical or emotional challenges and behavior management and discipline;
  2. Nutrition and health needs of children;
  3. Child day care program development;
  4. Safety and security procedures, including communication between parents and staff;
  5. Business record maintenance and management;
  6. Child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention;
  7. Statutes and regulations pertaining to child day care; and
  8. Statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment.
  9. Education & prevention of shaken baby syndrome (school-age program staff are not required to take training in this topic area)

Additional Training Requirements

  • Before becoming registered or licensed, family and group family child care providers must complete training approved by the NYS Office of Children & Family Services pertaining to the health and safety of children and must demonstrate basic competency with regard to health and safety standards. This refers to Health and Safety: Competencies for Becoming a Family or Group Family Day Care Provider
  • Each provider, assistant, alternate assistant, alternate provider, director or employee of a registered or licensed child care program must complete a minimum of fifteen (15) hours of training during the first six months of registration/licensure or during the person’s first six months of employment by the program.
  • Training requirements also apply to any volunteer who has the potential for regular and substantial contact with children in a day care program.

Training Details by Program Type

For specific details regarding each type of child care program visit the NYS Office of Children and Family Services website and read the training section of the regulations. These links will take you to the regulations.

View training registration, payment and refund policy
View our calendar of upcoming events and training opportunities.

Financial assistance to help pay for training may be available from the Educational Incentive Program (EIP).  For more information check out their website:  http://www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu.

The Child Care Network provides training and professional development workshops and conferences for providers, and networking and recognition opportunities, including:

  • Early Childhood Conference – Save the Date!  The 2017 Conference will be Friday and Saturday, November 3 & 4.  
  • Spring Guest Lecture Series – The 2017 Spring Guest Lecture Series will run on Tuesday evenings from March 7 – April 11; 6:30-9:00 pm.  Attend the whole series or choose individual workshops that best meet your needs.  You can register on line and pay be credit card on the event registration page.  2017 Spring Lecture Series Brochure.
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) training programClick here (PDF) for an overview of this National Credentialing Program that focuses on the skills of early care and education professionals. A Child Development Associate is a person who completes the training program and the assessment process, and has been awarded the CDA Credential. Persons with CDA Credentials have demonstrated the ability to meet the specific needs of children, work with parents and other adults, and promote and nurture children’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth in a child development program. The 2016 2017 is already in progress. The next class will begin in September 2017. Please contact Sue Kowaleski (798-7972) for more information.
  • New York State Health and Safety Training Programs – A 15-hour competency-based course that is required for anyone wishing to open a family or group family child care program. The cost for the program is $250, which is reimbursable for those required to attend, after receipt of day care license or registration from New York State Office of Children and Family Services. The next class will be held Thursday, July 13, Friday, July 14, Wednesday, July 19 and Friday, July 21, 2017.  Health and Safety Enrollment Flyer July 2017.   New:  Register on line and pay by credit card. http://www.saccn.org/registration/ . Please contact us for additional information or with questions at 798-7972 or via email suek@saccn.org or coninep@saccn.org.
  • Child Care Center Director and Staff Training: A 15 hour series designed to assist child care center staff in meeting their annual training requirements and improve the quality of care provided to children.  Topics covered include: health and safety, program develoment, guidance and discipline, nutrition, child abuse and neglect identification and prevention, observation and assessment and other topics developed to meet the New York State training guidelines.
  • Monthly Training: Monthly training provided to family child care providers, child care center staff and school age program staff on a variety of topics that assists in meeting the New York State training requirements, prepares staff and programs for Quality StarsNY and helps to improve the quality of care provided to children.
  • SUNY Sponsored Videoconferences – The Child Care Network is the local facilitation site for SUNY Videoconferences. Classes are held at the Washington County Municipal Center, Building B. 2012 information will be posted as soon as it is available. Classes fill up quickly, so early online registration is recommended, as soon as opportunities are posted at http://www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu/videoconferencing.shtm.
  • Medication Administration Training – A skill-based eight-hour training program required by the Office of Children and Family Services. Successful completion is the first step towards being authorized to administer medications, other than over the counter topical ointments. Learn more.

On Line Training Options:

To learn more about OCFS approved on-line training options click here.

To register for the free OCFS on-line courses listed below please visit the Professional Development Program (PDP) website.

Below is a sampling of OCFS on-line courses.

Free Online Course: Transportation
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the Early Childhood Education and Training program are offering a free two-hour web based course transporting children in a child care setting. This course fulfills OCFS training requirements.

Free Online Course: Prevention of Lead Poisoning and Other Dangers to Children
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the Early Childhood Education and Training program are offering a free 1 and a half hour web based course on Prevention of Lead Poisoning and Other Dangers to Children. This course fulfills OCFS training requirements.

Free Online Course: Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Promoting Safe Sleeping
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the Early Childhood Education and Training program are offering a free one-hour web based course on Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Promoting Safe Sleeping. This course fulfills OCFS training requirements.

Free Online Course: Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the Early Childhood Education and Training program are offering a free one-hour web based course on Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome. This course fulfills OCFS training requirements on the education, diagnosis and prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome and principles of childhood development during developmental stages.

Free Online Course: Managing Challenging Behavior: Birth to 18 Months
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the Early Childhood Education and Training program are offering a free one and a half hour web based course on Managing Challenging Behavior: Birth to 18 Months. This course fulfills OCFS training requirements on the principles of childhood development, focusing on the developmental stages of the age groups for which the program provides care.

Free Online Course: Managing Challenging Behavior: 18 to 36 Months
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the Early Childhood Education and Training program are offering a free one-hour web based course on managing childhood behavior: 18 to 36 months. This course fulfills OCFS training requirements.

To obtain more information about training and professional development opportunities, please contact us:

Sue Kowaleski, Coordinator
Phone: 518-798-7972, ext 205 or toll-free 800-807-3224 or 518-746-2349 (Fort Edward office)
Email suek@saccn.org

Pam Conine, Early Childhood Specialist
Phone: 518-798-7972, ext 206 or toll-free 800-807-3224
Email coninep@saccn.org

Or, click here for an online inquiry form.

Upcoming Classes & Events

Math: More and Less than Numbers – Rescheduled Dates

Come learn the basics of children’s understanding of math according to the ages. Play with some fun math toys, materials and ideas. Take home fun activity ideas to do with children of all ages.

Health and Safety Training: Competencies for Becoming a Family or Group Family Child Care Provider

A 15 hour training program, required for becoming a registered or licensed child care provider, is being offered by the Southern Adirondack Child Care Network. Learn how to enhance the quality of your new program and run a business that keeps children healthy and safe from potentially harmful situations in early childhood settings.

Health and Safety Training: Competencies for Becoming a Family or Group Family Child Care Provider

A 15 hour training program, required for becoming a registered or licensed child care provider, is being offered by the Southern Adirondack Child Care Network. Learn how to enhance the quality of your new program and run a business that keeps children healthy and safe from potentially harmful situations in early childhood settings.  Health and Safety Enrollment Flyer April 2017 .  You can now register and pay on line with a credit card. http://www.saccn.org/registration/ . When: Tuesday, April 4; Thursday, April 6; Tuesday, April 11 and Thursday April 13, 2017 Time: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm April 4, 6 and 13; 10-2:30 April 11

2017 Spring Guest Lecture Series

Registration is open for the 2017 Spring Lecture Series. The series of workshops will be held Tuesday evenings, March 7 – April 11 from 6:30-9:00 pm.