Professional Development

Research shows that the quality of a child care program is directly related to the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the adults who work there. No matter what qualifications and experience you have, ongoing personal and professional development is critical. Being a lifelong learner is part of every good professional development plan. Our professional development education and training opportunities are designed for adults who work with young children on a daily basis.


Professional Development Requirements

New York State Office of Children and Family Services regulations (414.14; 416.14; 417.14; 418.14 and 418-2.14) require each person responsible for developing, directing and supervising the daily activity programs for children (director), and each employee, to complete a minimum of thirty (30) hours of training every two years. Fifteen (15) hours of training must be received during the person's first six (6) months of the program's first year of registration/licensing, OR during the first six (6) months of employment by the program. This initial 15 hours apply towards the total 30 hour minimum requirement for each registration/licensing period. Such training requirements shall also apply to any volunteer in such a day care program who has the potential for regular and substantial contact with children. 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

9. Education and information on the identification, diagnosis, and prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

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