Division of Child Care Services

Seeking Training, Professional Development, or other Supports?

Like every professional, the child care provider must continue to strengthen his/her skills. In fact, ongoing training and professional development is a requirement for maintaining a license or registration to provide child care in New York State.

Click on the links below to see a summary of the training requirements for each type of child care.

How and where you meet your child care training requirements is up to you. However, here are some resources that you might want to consider:

EarlyChildhood.org

EarlyChildhood.org has been developed by the NYS Council on Children and Families' Head Start Collaboration Project to support professional development and improve the quality of early childhood and school-age programs. It is designed to provide a one-stop source of information for those exploring careers in early childhood and school-age programs as well as those already working in the field and looking to advance in their careers. It also contains information that supports the efforts of program directors and others to improve the quality of their programs.

Video Teleconferences

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the State University of New York sponsor a monthly video teleconference series that is expressly designed for child day care providers. This national award winning video teleconference training series is free of charge with 95 local downlink sites across the state. For a calendar of upcoming videoteleconferences, listing of downlink sites where you can participate in the training, and instructions on how to register, consult our Satellite Schedule.

Educational Incentive Program

You may also be eligible for a scholarship through the Educational Incentive Program. If you are income eligible, you might be able to receive a scholarship toward the cost of receiving the following types of education and training activities:

  1. Credit bearing college courses
  2. Non-credit bearing courses , workshops and conferences
  3. Credit or non-credit bearing courses leading to a credential or certificate
  4. Credential or certificate fees

To find out if you are eligible, or to apply, call: 1-800-295-9616 or visit the Educational Incenctive Program website.

Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCRR)

Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCRR) also provide support to existing child care providers. They maintain a local calendar of upcoming training and professional development activities, and provide training directly. If you would like to contact a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency in your area, use our Agency Directories to locate the one closest to you. This directory will provide you with the address information for the CCRR as well as the Regional Offices, and the Local Departments of Social Services.

Training Requirements for Registered Family Day Care Providers

Each registered family day care provider is required to complete at least 15 hours of training during the first six months of registration and at least 30 hours of training during each registration period. This training must include each of the following topics:

  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;
  8. statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment; and
  9. education and information on the identification, diagnosis and prevention of shaken baby syndrome

Anyone wishing to become a Registered Family Day Care provider must complete competency - based training pertaining to protecting the health and safety of children before the registration will be issued. This health and safety training time can be applied toward the 15 hours of training that the provider is required to complete during the first six months of registration. Our regulations page has additional information about regulations for Family Day Care Providers.

Training Requirements for Group Family Day Care Providers and their Assistants:

Each licensed group family day care provider, assistant and alternate assistant must complete a minimum of fifteen (15) hours of training during the first six months of licensure and thirty (30) hours of training must be completed every two years. This training must address the following topics:

  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;
  8. statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment; and
  9. education and information on the identification, diagnosis and prevention of shaken baby syndrome

Anyone wishing to become a Licensed Group Family Day Care provider must complete competency - based training pertaining to protecting the health and safety of children before the license will be issued. This health and safety training time can be applied towards the 15 hours of training that the provider is required to complete during the first six months of licensure. Our regulations page has additional information about regulations for Group Family Day Care Providers.

Training for Staff of School Age Child Care Programs

Directors of registered school age child care programs and each employee working an average of twenty (20) or more hours a week must complete a minimum of thirty (30) hours of training every two years. Fifteen hours must be completed during the first six months of the programs initial registration or during the person's first six months of employment . This fifteen hours may apply towards the 30 hours of required training for the registration period. The minimum number of required training hours for staff working less than an average of twenty (20) hours will be pro rated. This training must include the following topics:

  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;
  8. statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment; and
  9. education and information on the identification, diagnosis and prevention of shaken baby syndrome

Our regulations page has additional information about regulations for School Age Child Care Providers.

Training Requirements for Registered Small Day Care Centers

Each provider and alternate provider must complete a minimum of thirty (30) hours of training every two years. Fifteen (15) hours of such training must be completed during the first six months of the program's first year of registration. Training must address the following topics:

  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;
  8. statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment; and
  9. education and information on the identification, diagnosis and prevention of shaken baby syndrome

Our regulations page has additional information about regulations for Small Day Care Centers and regulations for School Age Child Care programs.

Day Care Centers

Each person responsible for developing, directing and supervising the daily activity programs for children (director) and each employee must complete a minimum of thirty (30) hours of training every two years. Fifteen (15) hours of such training must be received during the first six months of the program's first year of licensure or during the person's first six months of employment by the program. Training must address the following topics:

  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;
  8. statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment; and
  9. education and information on the identification, diagnosis and prevention of shaken baby syndrome

Mandated Reporter Training

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services now offers FREE 24/7 online Mandated Reporter Training in Child Abuse and Neglect/Maltreatment Identification. You can register anytime by visiting www.nysmandatedreporter.org, selecting "Courses Offered" and then clicking to register for "Self-Directed Online Training." This 2-hour web-based training is fully narrated and interactive and features learning exercises customized for the Child Care profession. As you complete each 10-15 minute section, the application saves your progress and allows you up to 30 days to complete the entire course. A certificate of attendance is sent online to persons completing the course. You will receive a credit for 2 hours of training on this topic. For technical help registering, contact Kate Relyea at 518-435-1825 or katelynr@bsc-cdhs.org.

Our regulations page has additional information about regulations for Day Care Centers.

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  • Child Care, Foster Care and Adoption:
    1-800-345-KIDS (5437)
  • Child Care Complaint Line:
    1-800-732-5207
    1-646-632-6101 NYC
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