Professional Development/Training

Helping childcare providers increase their professional skills and knowledge

All Registered and Licensed Child Care Providers in New York State are required to obtain ongoing professional development and training hours.

All child care providers, program Directors, and staff must complete a minimum of 30 hours of training every two years.  Fifteen hours of this 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.  This initial 15 hours applies towards the total 30 hour minimum requirement for each license period.  Training must address one or more of the following 9 topics:

  •   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;
  •   nutrition and health needs of children;
  •   child day care program development;
  •   safety and security procedures, including communication between parents and staff;
  •   business record maintenance and management;
  •   child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention;
  •   statutes and regulations pertaining to child day care;
  •   statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment;
  •   education and prevention of shaken baby syndrome.

The CCR&R offers the following types of training to meet these criteria:

  •   Evening training
  •   On-line training
  •   On-site training
  •   Videoconferences
  •   Saturday Seminar
  •   Health and Safety training

To request a specific training topic or category not offered in our upcoming training calendar, fill out this form and fax or mail to a trainer today.

Program Details

Training Resources

Training Calendar

A Training Calendar is distributed semi-annually to all child care providers in Broome, Chenango, and Tioga Counties.  The calendar contains a list of all trainings offered at our Johnson City, Norwich, and Owego offices, as well as the approved on-line trainings and information on registering for a training.

Check out the July through December 2018 Training Calendar. 

To register for trainings/professional development opportunities that Family Enrichment Network CCR&R offers, call Crystal at (607) 723-8313 ext. 825 or email crozelle@familyenrichment.org.

To apply for a Family Enrichment Network Scholarship, complete the FEN Scholarship Application.

Onsite Training

On-site training is available for child care centers and school-age child care programs.

Starting in January 2017, all child care centers in Broome, Chenango, and Tioga Counties are eligible for 1 free onsite training per year.  Please fill out the application and return to a CCR&R trainer for more information.  

Our trainers can tailor on-site trainings to meet the program's needs.  Programs can have all their staff hear the same information at the same time.  Please call or email a trainer to discuss or request an on-site training.

Online Training

In New York State, online training courses to be used to meet OCFS required professional development/training hours must be approved by SUNY Professional Development Program as an OCFS-approved distance learning course and qualify for EIP funding. 

Family Enrichment Network collaborates for online training courses through our national organization, Child Care Aware of America and Smart Horizons.  Click here for the opportunies through Child Care Aware of America.  These opportunities are not eligible for the FEN scholarship.

OCFS offers free online training opportunities through SUNY PDP.  You can find these opportunities here.

All previously approved Family Enrichment Network online training courses are no longer approved effective January 2017.  These courses need to go through the SUNY PDP new online training approval process.  We expect to have approved courses by the end of 2017.  Keep checking back for updates.

Chenango Fall Conference

We are planning the 2018 Fall Conference.   For information contact Julie in the Norwich office at (607) 373-3555.  

Health and Safety Training for Directors

OCFS requires new center and school age program directors to take a new 15-hour Health and Safety Training for Directors.   

Broome, Chenango, and Tioga County programs may be eligible for a scholarship to cover the cost of the training. To apply for a scholarship/grant for this training, fill out the application and send to Crystal at crozelle@familyenrichment.org.  

Check out the training calendar for the next class dates or call Crystal at (607) 723-8313 ext. 825 with questions.

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Resources for Providers

The Office of Children and Family Services

The OCFS website contains a key resource list and information for child care providers.

http://ocfs.state.ny.us/main/childcare/infoforproviders.asp


Webcast (formlery Videoconferences)

The Professional Development Program of Rockefeller College, SUNY, offers free webcasts for child care professionals. For more information on the dates, topics, and to register, visit their website.

http://www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu/signup.shtm


Education Incentive Program (EIP)

EIP is a scholarship program funded by OCFS for child care providers to assist in paying for the training and professional development necessary to provide quality child care to children and to meet the regulation requirements.

http://www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu/apply.shtm


VOICE/CSEA

The family child care union in New York State offers support and assistance for family child care providers, including training scholarships.  

http://voicecsea.org/

Health and Safety Training

OCFS requires health and safety training for all modalities of child care in New York State.  To take the 5 hour online training, visit:  www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu/elearn_catalog.shtm

or call a trainer today for other options.

 

Training Registration

To register for trainings/professional development opportunities that Family Enrichment Network CCR&R offers, call Crystal at (607) 723-8313 ext. 825 or email crozelle@familyenrichment.org.

To apply for a Family Enrichment Network Scholarship, complete the FEN Scholarship Application.

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Credentialing

A CDA credential is a nationally-recognized credential awarded to qualified caregivers who work with children from birth to age five.  You can earn a CDA with an emphasis in center-based preschool, center-based infant-toddler or family child care.

For more information on the CDA process, please visit the Council For Professional Recognition.

To apply for the classes starting September 2018, Fill out and return the Application for 2018-2019.

Here is schedule for the 2018-2019 classes.   

Call Ann Shear at (607) 687-6721 or email ashear@familyenrichment.org with questions.

Starting on October 1, 2017, all new directors for centers, SACC programs, and some legally exempt group program directors are required to take a 15-hour Director Health and Safety course.  

Directors are responsible for hiring, training, and maintaining staff who provide a healthy and safe environment for children. This course will help directors look at policies and procedures that reinforce high-quality health and safety practices. Directors will receive in-depth  information on the Child Care Development Block Grant training requirements and will be encouraged to examine their policies in order to make positive changes that promote best practice care.

Presenter: Leslie Vermaat

Date: October 2, 4, and 9, 2018

Time: 8am– 1pm each day

Cost: $250.  Grants may be available for directors in Broome, Chenango, and Tioga Counties. 

Contact Crystal at (607) 723-8313 ext. 825 to register and for more information.

 

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