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New York Child Care Training | Care Courses

National Childcare Credentials in New York

Use our courses toward a CDA Credential or for NAC and CDA renewal.

Click here for more information: National Child Care Credentials

Click here to learn how a CDA Credential can benefit you in New York.

New York Childcare Training Requirements

All Care Courses are accepted by New York State Office of Children and Family Services' (OCFS) continuing education training requirements for those who work in child day care centers, family day care homes, group family day care homes and small day care centers. This includes staff, directors, group teachers, assistant teachers, owners, providers, caregivers, assistants and substitutes.

Please note: Care Courses may not be used for the New York required 15-hour pre-service health and safety training. Our course Caring for Yourself and Achieving Your Goals is an approved distance learning course and counts towards NY state regulatory training requirements, but this course does not cover OCFS training topics. 

New York 30 Hours of Training Every Two Years in 10 Training Topics

Looking for 30 hours covering 9 or 10 training topics? The bundles below are accepted by New York State OCFS, grant 30 hours and cover all 10 New York training topics. Training topics are indicated on Care Courses certificates. Visit our courses by NY Training Topic page to see each course listed by training topic.

Questions? Have a SUNY EIP training award for free training? We're happy to help via phone or email: 1-800-685-7610 or

What are New York Training Topics?

The New York Office of Children and Family Services requires that child care staff complete a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every two years addressing the following ten topics:

  • Principles of childhood development, focusing on the development stages of the age groups for which the program provides care
  • Nutrition and health needs of infants and children
  • Child day care program development
  • Safety and security procedures
  • 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 information on the identification, diagnosis and prevention of shaken baby syndrome
  • Adverse childhood experiences, focused on understanding trauma and on nurturing resiliency

Visit our courses by NY Training Topic page to see each course listed by training topic. See our previous 30-hour training bundle page here

SUNY EIP Training Awards

All Care Courses, including CDA credential training, are eligible for funding through the SUNY EIP Educational Incentive Program. To apply online for an EIP award, click here: EIP APPLICATION. Already have an EIP award? Need assistance filling out the training portion of your application? Call us at 1-800-685-7610 or email us at for assistance!

New York Aspire Registry Training

All Care Courses are approved by the New York Aspire Registry. For Aspire Registry training credit, add your Aspire registry ID number to your Care Courses account.

Opening a child care facility in New York

For those of you interested in starting a day care or home-based child care facility in New York, please contact your state licensing agency using the contact information below. The licensing agency can give you advice on the requirements, rules and regulations of your state.

New York State Office of Children and Family Services

 Division of Childcare Services

 Phone: (518) 474-9454

 NY State Child Care Regulations and Policies

 NYC Child Care Licensing Information and Updates

What our New York students say

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"Hi, yes the material [Observing, Recording, and Assessing Children's Development] is excellent! I am enjoying the material and making application to the lessons for my School age Program and my two Group Family Day Cares. Thanks again for a wonderful course material and an instructor that makes learning fun, and real! Thanks again."

– Jamaica, New York
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"I am so pleased to have this service. The courses I ordered Toddlers in Child Care, Sun Safety, and Toilet Learning  arrived quickly and I was able to complete them at my convenience. The courses are informative and interesting. I mailed in my tests and got my results back within a few days. Thank you for your friendly and efficient service and product."

- Manorville, New York
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"A HUGE THANK YOU. The course Creating Schedules and Routines we used was great. After you have taken years of courses it tends to become boring. This course has many new - fresh - ideas for scheduling and planning your time with the children. But not only was the course interesting, the STAFF was so helpful... I am far from computer literate. Ben walked me through the registration process and got me all the way to the start of the course. AND, he never lost patience with me - very kind and thoughtful. Also the ladies who helped me be certain the coursework answers were received did a great job... INCREDIBLE.... Thank you so much everyone for helping me fill in the last piece needed to complete my license renewal. The next two years will include more courses on line thru Care Courses. It actually can save money as I don't need to hire a substitute while I leave to go to classes. Keep doing what you are doing - it works..."

- Rochester, New York
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"This was a very good class [Safe Baby, Safe Child] to take and I wish everyone could see the video."

- New York, New York
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"I am so impressed and relieved that there is this service. I found the courses I needed and even added one just because it looked interesting and I felt I needed a refresher course in that area."

- New York, New York