Professional Development

Professional growth is an important part of being a child care provider.  Growing as a professional gives you the tools you need to:

  • Manage your business
  • Stay current with child development theory
  • Respond to the unique needs of children and their families

Training:
Training is required in order to keep a license or registration to provide child care in New York State.  A total of 30 hours of training must be completed every two years.  The training you choose should help you provide high-quality child care.  Click here to see the required training topic areas.

Where can you find training?
Many organizations offer training.  Consider some of the following:

Record Keeping:
It is important to keep track of all your completed trainings.  Proof of completion of each training course must be available to show your registrar or licensor. You can use this form to keep a written record.

Child Development Associate (CDA) credential:
The CDA is a widely recognized credential in early childhood education. The Council for Professional Recognition awards the CDA Credential.  Visit the Council for Professional Development to learn more about:

  • How to earn a CDA
  • Costs & Scholarships
  • Training
  • Download an application

Accreditation:
Accreditation means that a program has met high quality child care standards. 
The process includes:

  • Working with a accrediting organization
  • Reviewing the program for strengths and weaknesses
  • Being evaluated by a professional child care expert

Visit the websites listed below to learn more:

Professional Early Childhood Organization Links

www.naeyc.org     
Website for the National Association for the Education of Young Children

www.nafcc.org  
Website for National Association for Family Child Care

www.nysaeyc.org
Website for New York State Association for the Education of Young Children

www.fccanys.org
Website for Family Child Care Association of New York State

www.naccrra.org
Website for Child Care Aware of America

www.earlychildhoodnyc.org
Website for New York City Early Childhood Professional Development Institute

www.afterschoolworksny.org
Website for AfterSchoolWorks!NY

www.qualitystarsny.org
Website for QualitystarsNY

www.cdacouncil.org/
Visit the Council for Professional Development's website to find information on how to obtain or renew a Child Development Associate.

www.nhsa.org/
Website for National Head Start Association

www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu/
Website of Early Childhood Education and Training Program of the Professional Development Program at Rockefeller College University of Albany State University of New York. This website has information on trainings including video conferences, the Educational Incentive Program (EIP) which has grant money to help pay for furthering child care providers’ education, and to learn how to obtain Medication Administration Training (MAT).  This site also has a link to the NYS OCFS approved distance learning classes.

www.sln.suny.edu
Website for SUNY Learning Network for online college courses and degrees

For more information:
Contact a day care specialist,
Monday-Friday from 8AM to 4PM
at 607-746-1620
Toll free at 877-746-2279
Fax: 607-746-1648
Email: daycare@delawareopportunities.org

Or come to our office at:
Delaware Opportunities Inc
35430 State Highway 10
Hamden, NY 13782