Winter/Spring 2015 - Child Development Council

Winter/Spring 2015
TABLE OF CONTENTS
About Us .................................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Finding Us .................................................................................................................................................................................................. 3
Directions to the Ithaca Office ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 3
Directions to the Cortland Office ................................................................................................................................................................................. 3
Classes at a Glance ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 4
Office of Children and Family Services Required Topics ............................................................................................................................ 4
Class Descriptions ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 5
 1/14/2015 Learn and Share: Using the Die-cutter, Laminator and Bookbinder ...................................................................................................... 5
Early Childhood Reader’s Club ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 5
Cavity Free Kids Training .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 5
 3/11/2015 CACFP: Sharing Menu Ideas ................................................................................................................................................................... 6
3/24/2015 CCR&R Roundtable .................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
3/30, 4/2, 4/7, 4/9 Health & Safety Series ................................................................................................................................................................... 6
 3/12/2015 Drug Use & Manufacturing: How to Recognize It and What to Do ........................................................................................................ 6
 4/8/2015 You are a First Responder ........................................................................................................................................................................ 6
 5/13/2015 Infant Toddler Workshop ....................................................................................................................................................................... 7
4/11/2015 MAT Self-Study ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 7
4/14/2015 SACC Directors’ and Supervisors ............................................................................................................................................................... 7
5/14/2015 - SACC Directors’ and Supervisors ............................................................................................................................................................. 7
Toddler Literacy: What Counts and What Works ......................................................................................................................................................... 7
First Aid & CPR for Registered and Licensed Child Care Providers ............................................................................................................................... 8
Child Day Care Orientation ........................................................................................................................................................................ 8
SUNY Video Conferences ........................................................................................................................................................................... 8
Online Child Care Professional Education Center ...................................................................................................................................... 9
Other Local and Web-based Professional Development Opportunities .................................................................................................... 9
What is a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential? ..................................................................................................................... 10
The Child Development Council Can Help You Earn Your CDA ................................................................................................................................... 10
Letting Your Quality Shine ....................................................................................................................................................................... 11
QUALITYstarsNY ......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 11
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation .................................................................................................... 11
New York State Credentials: What Are They? ............................................................................................................................................................ 11
What is a Quality Improvement Grant? ................................................................................................................................................... 12
How Does Your Family Child Care Program Rate? ................................................................................................................................... 12
What is the Educational Incentive Program? ........................................................................................................................................... 13
Training Policies ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 13
 Child Development Council Training Discounts ................................................................................................................................... 13
Registration Form .................................................................................................................................................................................... 14
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ABOUT US
The Child Development Council is a merging of two strong Child Care Resource & Referral agencies in Tompkins and Cortland
Counties with over 70 years of combined experience. Our agency is committed to serving child care providers, parents, families, and
our community. Our staff in both the Ithaca and Cortland offices is available to answer your questions, provide information and
resources, and/or to visit your child care program if you are in need of assistance. You can find us on Facebook and/or check out our
website at www.childdevelopmentcouncil.org. We encourage you to contact us at 607-273-0259 (Ithaca Office) or 607-753-0106
(Cortland Office) or e-mail us at [email protected] for assistance.
FINDING US
The Child Development Council has two convenient locations serving Tompkins and Cortland Counties. A variety of classes are
offered in both locations. Choose the classes and locations that work for you.
DIRECTIONS TO THE ITHACA OFFICE
We are located at 609 West Clinton Street (Rt. 96B) in the Clinton West Plaza.
Directions from the South (NYS Rt. 13):
Take Rt. 13 North to West Clinton Street (Rt. 96B). Turn right onto West Clinton Street. The Child Development Council is on the
right. There is free parking in the rear of the plaza.
Directions from the North (NYS Rt. 13):
Take Rt. 13 South. Continue on Rt. 13 South as it becomes Fulton St. (it bends to the right at the 'Purity split") - then go straight (just
past Agway) across the intersection and you're on Clinton St. - the Council is on your right. There is free parking in the rear of the
plaza.
DIRECTIONS TO THE CORTLAND OFFICE
We are located at 111 Port Watson Street, on the corner of Pendleton Street.
Directions from the South (I-81):
Take I-81 North and take Exit 10 (NYS Rt. 41, McGraw). Turn left onto NYS Rt. 41. Travel about 2 miles to Pomeroy Street. Turn left
onto Pendleton Street, and immediately turn left into our parking lot.
Directions from the South (NYS Rt. 13):
Take NYS Rt. 13 north into the City of Cortland. At Church St. intersection, get in right lane and continue straight ahead (Rt. 13 turns
left). Turn right onto Pendleton Street at the light and immediately turn left into our parking lot.
Directions from the North (I-81):
Take I-81 South and take Exit 11 (Cortland). At the bottom of the ramp, turn right and proceed to the second traffic light (stay in the
left lane). Go straight to the end of the street and turn right onto Port Watson Street. Turn left onto Pendleton Street at the light,
and immediately turn left into our parking lot.
After 5:00 the door may be locked. Please ring doorbell.
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CLASSES AT A GLANCE
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Identification, Diagnosis &
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Statutes & Regulations
Child Abuse & Maltreatment
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Nutrition & Health Needs of Children
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Child Abuse & Maltreatment
Identification and Prevention
Business Record
Maintenance & Management
Principles of Childhood Development
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OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES REQUIRED TOPICS
Providers are required by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to take a minimum of thirty (30) hours of
training during every 2 year period. Fifteen hours of such training must be received during the first six months of a new licensure,
registration or of new employment by a program. This training must address the following topics:
1. Principles of Early Childhood Development
2. Nutrition & Health Needs of Infants & Children
3. Child Day Care Program Development
4. Safety and Security Procedures
5. Business Record Maintenance and Management
6. Child Abuse & Maltreatment Identification & Prevention
7. Statutes & Regulations Pertaining to Child Day Care
8. Statutes & Regulations Pertaining to Child Abuse &
Maltreatment
9. Shaken Baby Syndrome
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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
WORKSHOPS MARKED WITH A “” QUALIFY FOR TRAINING DISCOUNTS . SEE PAGE 13 FOR MORE DETAILS .
 1/14/2015 LEARN AND SHARE: USING THE DIE-CUTTER, LAMINATOR AND BOOKBINDER
Cortland Office
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Anne Withers, CCRR Program Director - Cortland
To start you off, Anne Withers will demonstrate the tools in our Member’s Corner and give you ideas for projects. Then you will
be free to spend the rest of the time sharing ideas, experimenting and creating. Basic materials will be provided, but bring any
special materials, pictures, etc., that you would like to include in a project. Bring your ideas to share, and learn from each other.
Cost: $30
OCFS Topic: 3
CDA Topic: 2
EARLY CHILDHOOD READER’S CLUB
Cortland Office
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday
Facilitated by Anne Withers, CCRR Program Director - Cortland
Do you enjoy reading? Is there anything more enjoyable on a February evening than curling up with an interesting book or
article? How about braving the cold to join a group of like-minded peers, sharing a cup of tea or cocoa and some tasty snacks, and
discussing those articles!
Here’s a chance to learn more about your field and share ideas with fellow early childhood educators. Join the Early Childhood
Reader’s Club. I am setting aside the second and fourth Tuesdays for our Reader’s Club. Come to one, or come to all of them.
Preregistration, at least a week in advance, is required to ensure that you get your materials in time to read them.
We will be starting with a series of articles on the topic of Positive Behavior Strategies. These will be discussed on February 9th
and February 23rd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Future topics will be decided by the group.
Cost: $20 per meeting
Feb 10 and 24 OCFS Topics: 1, 3
CDA Topic: 8, 3
CEUs are available for this series for an additional cost. Talk to Anne if you are interested.
CAVITY FREE KIDS TRAINING
Oral health is a part of overall health. When children are not healthy, it affects their ability to develop, learn, and thrive. Poor oral
health can lead to:
 Pain
 Sleep deprivation
 Attention problems
 Poor Nutrition
 Delayed social development
 Missed school days
The good news is that tooth decay is almost entirely preventable.
Cavity Free Kids is oral health education for young children and their families. Cavity Free Kids is designed for Head Start, Early
Head Start, child care, preschool, home visiting, other early learning programs and for families to use at home. Cavity Free
Kids includes a rich collection of lessons, activities and resources that actively engage young children in fun-filled, play-based
learning and helps parents practice good oral health habits at home.
This training will introduce you to the Cavity Free Kids Curriculum. Each participant will receive a binder with the complete
curriculum. In addition, your program will receive a supply of toothbrushes for all of your children.
Cost: Free
OCFS Topic: 1, 2, 3
CDA Topics: 1, 2, 4, 8
Cortland Office
Susan Sopp, CFK Master Trainer
2/7/2015
3/14/2015
3/24 & 26
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
All are full at this time, but we will offer this again in the Fall. Call if you are interested.
Ithaca Office
Judy Kern, CFK Master Trainer
2/7/2015 (Full. It will be offered again in the Fall.)
If you would like cavity free kids training in Tompkins or Cortland County, contact Anne 753-0106 or
[email protected]
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 3/11/2015 CACFP: SHARING MENU IDEAS
Ithaca Office 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Judy Kern, CACFP Specialist
Bring your kid’s favorite recipes. We’ll share our successes and ‘leftovers’.
Free to CACFP Providers sponsored by the Council or $30 OCFS Topics: 2, 3, 5 CDA Topics: 1, 2
3/24/2015 CCR&R ROUNDTABLE
Ithaca Office 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Darcy Hermann Raponi, Director of Child Care Support Services, and staff
Living the First Year of New Child Care Regulations
What has been your experience? How is the transition going? What are parents’ reactions? Come
and share your experiences.
Cost: Free
OCFS Topics: 4, 5, 7
CDA Topics: 1, 5, 6
3/30, 4/2, 4/7, 4/9 HEALTH & SAFETY SERIES
Cortland Office 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Dixie Vaber, Child Care Specialist
Caring for children in family or group family child care is a big responsibility. The health and safety of children in care is the
highest priority for both the provider and for the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. This training is required to
ensure that new providers are prepared for the demands of the job. The training is presented in four sessions and covers
many topics including: Creating a Safe Environment, Developing Health Care Policies and Procedures, Planning for
Emergencies, Diaper Changing, Cleaning and Sanitizing, Food Safety, and Your Role as a Mandated Reporter. This competencybased curriculum requires the successful completion of written and demonstration tests. The series also serves as a good
refresher for experienced providers.
Cost: $235 for the series
Rebate is available for new providers. EIP is available for registered/licensed providers. Call for information.
OCFS Topics: 2,4,5,6,7,8,9
CDA Topics: 1,4,5,6
 3/12/2015 DRUG USE & MANUFACTURING : HOW TO RECOGNIZE IT AND WHAT TO DO
Cortland Office
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Deidre H. Plumley, B.S., Prevention Specialist, Cortland Prevention Resources: a division of Family Counseling Services
Be sure to attend this one-hour training on the timely topic of signs of drug use and manufacturing. Participants will go over
some of the personal as well as environmental signs of illicit use and manufacturing. Participants will also discuss what to do
to if manufacturing is suspected.
Cost: $15
OCFS Topic: 3
CDA Topic: 1
 4/8/2015 YOU ARE A FIRST RESPONDER
Cortland Office
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Kris Beard & Nancy Byrne from the Cortland County Child Advocacy Center, Maria Rook from Child Protective Service and
Margo Falise from Family Counseling Services
The Cortland County Child Advocacy Center (CAC) provides a safe, child-friendly setting where children, who are suspected of
being sexually or seriously physically abused, can be interviewed by specially trained forensic interviewers. The CAC’s facility
allows for the trained Law Enforcement, Child Protective Services, and/or the District Attorney’s Office to conduct one
interview, thus reducing further trauma to the children involved. The children and their non-offending caregivers are assessed
for any needed services (including counseling and medical evaluation) and referred out as it relates to their specific needs.
This “First Responders” presentation from CAC outlines: mandated reporter guidelines, what to do and what not to do when a
child discloses, Cortland County statistics, and an overview of the Child Advocacy Center and Family Counseling Services.
Cost: $30
OCFS Topics: 5, 6, 8
CDA Topics: 1, 3, 7
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 5/13/2015 INFANT TODDLER WORKSHOP
Cortland Office
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Jolie Ludwig, Infant Toddler Specialist
The topic of this workshop by our new Infant Toddler Specialist, Jolie Ludwig, is yet to be
determined. Save the date and look forward to more information coming soon.
Cost: $30
OCFS Topics:
CDA Topics:
4/11/2015 MAT SELF-STUDY
Cortland Office
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Lisa Davis. RN
If you feel like you don’t have enough time to get away from your program to take the MAT
course, but you want to become approved to give medication, then the MAT Independent Study
course is for you!
You can study all of the training materials on your own and at your own pace. When you feel
you’re ready, you’ll only need to meet with a MAT trainer for a few hours to complete the testing.
When you pass, you will get 8 training hours and a MAT certificate.
The MAT Participant Study Guide will walk you through the steps to complete Part One. You can
print out the Study Guide from the website or follow it online. You must also watch all parts of the MAT Video and refer to the MAT
Participant Materials (Handouts). All materials can be found at: http://www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu/mat.shtm
**Testing will take place at the Child Development Council – Cortland Office.**
Plan on arriving 15 minutes early to get registered. Bring a photo ID along with the name, address, telephone #, and license # of your
program. Dress comfortably.
Cost: $80
OCFS Topics: 2,4,7
CDA Topics: 1,6
4/14/2015 SACC DIRECTORS’ AND SUPERVISORS
Ithaca Office 10:30 am to Noon
Molly McGriff, Child Care Specialist
Among other managerial topics, we will discuss preparations for changes needed to comply with new OCFS regulations to start June
1, 2015.
Cost: Free
OCFS Topics: 4, 5, 7
CDA Topics: 1, 5, 6
5/14/2015 - SACC DIRECTORS’ AND SUPERVISORS
Ithaca Office 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Molly McGriff, Child Care Specialist
Among other managerial topics, we will discuss preparations for changes needed to comply with new OCFS regulations to start June
1, 2015.
Cost: Free
OCFS Topics: 4, 5, 7
CDA Topics: 1, 5, 6
TODDLER LITERACY: WHAT COUNTS AND WHAT WORKS
(This is a Distance Learning Course. Learn on your own computer and at your own pace, with personalized teacher interaction.)
When it comes to literacy, toddlers are right in the prime time to develop the foundation for all future learning. In this course we
will look at what toddlers are like, how they learn and how we make decisions about our work with them. You‘ll learn literacy
concepts that really count and literacy practices that really work with toddlers.
Receive six hours of training credit.
For more information call 273-0259 for Tompkins or 753-0106 for Cortland.
Choose a 10 day date range:
1/16/1/21/2015, 2/20-3/2/2015, 3/20-3/30/2015, 4/17-4/27/2015, 5/15-5/25/2015, 6/19-6/29/2015
Cost: $60
OCFS Topics: 1, 3
CDA Topics: 8,2
WORKSHOPS MARKED WITH A “” QUALIFY FOR TRAINING DISCOUNTS . SEE PAGE 13 FOR MORE DETAILS .
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FIRST AID & CPR FOR REGISTERED AND LICENSED CHILD CARE PROVIDERS
The OCFS contract with the American Red Cross to provide First Aid/CPR training opportunities at no cost to
child day care providers ended in mid-November. The Red Cross will continue to participate as a training
organization affiliated with the Educational Incentive Program (EIP).
The National Safety Council (NSC) is the new training provider for First Aid/CPR and the NSC will provide First Aid/CPR training
opportunities at no cost to child day care providers effective December 1, 2014.
The Child Development Council has scheduled these courses:
Julie Clark will teach a Free Pediatric and Adult CPR, First Aid & AED course at the Child Development Council, 609 West Clinton
Street, Ithaca on Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9:00 to 4:00 or Saturday, March 21, 9:00 to 4:00.
Lisa Marcella will teach a Free Pediatric and Adult CPR, First Aid & AED course at the Child Development Council, 111 Port Watson
Street, Cortland on Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:30 to 4:30.
All materials will be provided and attendees must provide their license or registration number (use registration form to register).
Attendees must pre-register – no walk-ins.
CHILD DAY CARE ORIENTATION
Do you want to start a child care program in your home?
The Office of Children and Family Services provides support for people and organizations that are interested in starting child day
care programs in their communities. As a general rule, any child day care program planning to serve three or more children for more
than three hours a day on a regular basis must obtain a license or registration. To obtain this document, the applicant must show
that the child day care program meets requirements that the state has established to help promote the health and safety of children
in care.
In order to obtain an application to apply for a child care program license or registration you will first need to take the Child Day
Care Orientation. This orientation will walk you through the information you need to know to determine if you are interested and
able to start a child care program in New York State. It outlines the necessary requirements for opening a child care program,
highlighting the child care regulations, space requirements, information about proper ratios and staffing and resources for support.
This orientation will also introduce you to the important rules and regulations you need to know in order to run your business. And
you’ll find out some information about how to best care for children in your program.
The Child Day Care Orientation is available online at http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/becomeaprovider.asp
You can attend the Child Day Care Orientation at the Child Development Council in Cortland, 111 Port Watson Street,
on Thursday, January 29th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Free! Please call 607-753-0106 and ask for Anne or Dixie to register.
In Tompkins County, call 607-273-0259 to schedule a free appointment to use our computer to view the 90 minute
internet video. Available Monday through Friday.
SUNY VIDEO CONFERENCES
SUNY Video Conferences are held at both Council offices.
Video Conferences are from 6:45 to 9:15
At Ithaca Office the doors are locked at 7:15 pm. No entry will be allowed after that time.
At Cortland Office the doors are always locked after 5:00 pm. To enter training please ring doorbell.
THE VIDEO CONFERENCE DATES FOR 2015 ARE:
4/30/2015
5/21/2015
6/18/2015
9/3/2015
10/22/2015
11/19/2015
For more information check the website: www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu
To register for Video Conferences: Send your name, address, phone number, the dates and titles of sessions you’d like to attend and
Site #619 (Tompkins/Ithaca) or Site #621 (Cortland) to: Early Childhood Education and Training Program, 22 Corporate Woods Blvd.,
8
3rd floor, Albany, NY 12211. Fax to (518) 443-5941 or register on-line at www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu Note: All registrations must be
made through SUNY Albany. To confirm your registration, call 1-888-399-0549.
ONLINE CHILD CARE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION CENTER
The Child Development Council, in partnership with Child Care Aware of America, is pleased to offer the
Child Care Aware Training Academy. Online courses are designed to help early childhood professionals
complete annual training requirements and acquire required training hours for those seeking a Child
Development Associate (CDA) credentials, CDA credential renewal or in-service training.
These online courses provide a variety of engaging topics designed specifically
for the early childhood professional.
Courses are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Please click this link to learn more: www.smarthorizons.org/Naccrra/CDCN
OTHER LOCAL AND WEB-BASED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
As you make your professional development plans, be sure to consider all of the learning opportunities in our education-rich
location. Here are a few opportunities to consider.
CORTLAND ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN
Check their Facebook page for upcoming training opportunities!
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & TRAINING PROGRAM E-LEARNING CLASSES
Visit the online Child Care Resource Center at: http://ecetp.pdp.albany.edu/elearn.shtm
Funding for this site is sponsored by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, funded by the Federal Child
Care and Development Fund and administered by the Professional Development Program, Rockefeller College, University at Albany.
YOU ARE INVITED TO
THE MEMBER’S CORNER OPEN HOUSE!
CORTLAND OFFICE -111 PORT WATSON ST., CORTLAND
SATURDAY, MARCH 21ST AND SATURDAY JUNE 13TH
10:00 AM TO 1:00 PM
Members can use the die-cutters, laminator, bookbinder, etc. and borrow books and toys.
We’ll have plans and materials for a special “Make & Take” project.
Not a Member?
Get a one-day introductory membership for one dollar! (applicable towards a full membership)
Try out all the equipment, and browse our books and toys.
Laminating and bookbinding supplies are available free of charge.
Some paper is available for die-cuts,
but if you have something special in mind, bring your own paper .
STOP BY FOR A FEW MINUTES OR ALL THREE HOURS.
REFRESHMENTS SERVED .
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CDA Formal
Training
WHAT IS A CHILD DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE (CDA)
CREDENTIAL?
Become someone special in a child’s life as they master skills, develop friendships, become
more independent, and begin to discover new ways of thinking and understanding
themselves, and the world around them.
It all begins with a CDA credential.
120 Hours of Early
Childhood Coursework
The Child Development Associate® (CDA) is the most widely recognized credential in early
childhood education and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement.
The CDA credential is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care
professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I have to do to be eligible for a CDA Credential?
- Have a high school diploma or be a junior or senior in a high school career / technical
program in early education.
- Have 480 hours of experience working with young children.
- Have 120 clock hours of formal training.
- Collect specific documentation that shows evidence of practice working with young
children.
What do I have to do to complete the CDA assessment?
- Meet eligibility and training requirements.
- Complete the documentation collection: Professional Portfolio, Family Questionnaires.
- Take CDA Exam at a local Pearson Vue test center and meet with a CDA Professional
Development Specialist to complete a Verification Visit.
Visit: http://www.cdacouncil.org/the-cda-credential/how-to-earn-a-cda.
THE CHILD DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL CAN HELP YOU EARN YOUR CDA
Prior to applying for the CDA Credential Assessment, each candidate is required to
complete 120 hours of formal child care education in eight different categories. Our CDA
Instructional Course is designed for potential candidates to complete their 120 hours of
course work, assist with the development of competency papers, and create a
professional resource file. Classes meet on
“The work was hard, but I got a lot of
Monday evenings from 6:00-9:00 pm at the
help from the instructor and the
Cortland Office. This is a 10 month course, and a
other students. It was worth it,
new course will start in January 2015. If you are
knowing what a difference it can
interested in the next CDA Instructional Course,
make for children.” Cindy Hayes, CDA
please
let us know as soon as possible.
Instructional Course graduate and
proud recipient of a CDA Credential
Cost: $1,400
You may also earn coursework credit by taking individual classes offered by the Council.
Check the class schedule to see which classes apply.
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You must complete 120 hours of
formal early childhood education
training, covering the growth and
development of children, with no
fewer than 10 training hours in each
of the following subject areas:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Planning a safe and healthy
learning environment.
Advancing children's physical and
intellectual development.
Supporting children's social and
emotional development.
Building productive relationships
with families.
Managing an effective program
operation.
Maintaining a commitment to
professionalism.
Observing and recording
children's behavior.
Understanding principles of child
development and learning.
While formal education hours can be
for credit or noncredit, they must be
earned through an agency or
organization with expertise in early
childhood teacher preparation. The
agency or organization must verify
your education in the form of an
official transcript, certificate, or
letter. You need to submit these
documents with your application.
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QUALITYSTARSNY
QUALITYstarsNY is coming to NYS! QUALITYstarsNY is a voluntary quality rating and improvement
system that is designed to increase quality in early learning throughout the state. For more
information visit www.qualitystarsny.org or call the Council at 273-0259 or 753-0106.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN (NAEYC)
ACCREDITATION
NAEYC Accreditation of programs for young children represents the mark of quality in early childhood
education. NAEYC Accreditation began in 1985 with the goal of providing an accrediting system that
would raise the level of early childhood programs. Today, over 6,500 programs are NAEYC Accredited.
NAEYC accredited programs invest in early childhood education because they believe in the benefits to children and families. Early
childhood experiences—from birth to age 8—have an enormous impact on children’s lifelong learning and positively contribute to
their health and development. Early childhood education programs with the mark of quality benefit children with greater readiness
for and success in school.
It is for this reason that parents and families are seeking out NAEYC-accredited programs. Parents choosing an early childhood
education program can be overwhelmed by trying to find the highest-quality program for their child. NAEYC Accreditation is the
mark of quality that families are looking for.
W HERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT NAEYC A CCREDITATION ?
For more information visit: http://www.naeyc.org/accreditation
NEW YORK STATE CREDENTIALS: WHAT ARE THEY?
C HILDREN ’ S P ROGRAM A DMINISTRATOR C REDENTIAL
The Children’s Program Administrator Credential of New York State is designed to provide for and be recognized as a standard by
which to measure program management, fiscal management, and leadership abilities of early childhood and school-age program
administrators.
I NFANT T ODDLER C ARE & E DUCATION C REDENTIAL
For this credential, you need specific coursework in infant toddler development and professional practice. This includes twelve (12)
credits from a nationally accredited college in early childhood coursework that covers the standards of the New York State Infant
Toddler Care & Education competencies.
E ARLY L EARNING T RAINER C REDENTIAL
If you have an Associate’s degree or above and have a specific expertise that you would like to share with other child care providers,
you might apply for this new credential.
F AMILY C HILD C ARE C REDENTIAL
This credential is designed to recognize those practitioners who demonstrate teir competence, knowledge and professional practice
in the areas of professional family child care, child development, healthy home learning environments and business practices.
W HERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE CREDENTIALS ?
For more information about these credentials, please visit www.nysaeyc.org , or call (518) 867-3517.
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WHAT IS A QUALITY IMPROVEMENT GRANT?
You love your job caring for children, so sometimes you look at your program and say, “I wish
we could improve our outdoor play area.” or “I wonder how we could introduce books to our
toddlers?” or “do we have enough materials to encourage small motor development?”
The knowledgeable staff at the Child Development Council can help you see your program
through new eyes. Together you can brainstorm ideas to make your program even better. Then,
through a grant from NYS OCFS, the Council can help you make your dream a reality.
A Quality Improvement Grant is more than a hand-out. With the help of the Council you can
plan improvements to your program that will help your children grow and make your job more
rewarding.
To find out if you are eligible, call the Council.
HOW DOES YOUR FAMILY CHILD CARE PROGRAM RATE?
Are you interested in improving your program? Are you not certain where to start? Do you know your program’s strengths and
weaknesses? The Council is now able to do an assessment on any home-based child care program using the Family Child Care
Environmental Rating Scale (FCCERS). The FCCERS is both reliable and valid which makes it appropriate to use for research and
program evaluation, as well as program improvement efforts. New York State has field-tested Quality Stars, and FCCERS was one of
the tools used in the pilot project.
The FCCERS is very detailed and specific and takes into consideration the limitations of Family Child Care; that being a single provider
(or provider and an assistant) caring for multiple children of varying ages from birth up to age twelve. The FCCERS tool measures 38
items which are organized into seven categories: Space and Furnishings, Personal Care Routines, Listening and Talking, Activities,
Interaction, Program Structure and Parent & Provider.
An assessment of your program is done over a 3 hour period of time. Certain items in the tool must be observed within the first
three hours in order to give the program credit for them. The thinking behind this is that if these items are not seen within that time
frame, then they are not happening often enough throughout the day to meet the requirement. Observers must score the program
on what they see during the observation NOT on what they have seen in the past or on what the provider plans to do in the future.
The goal is for the observation to be an accurate snapshot of the child care that is observed.
So why should you have your FDC or GFDC program assessed? An assessment will be able to show you the strengths of your
program and the areas where improvement is needed. If improvement is needed and items are needed to foster that improvement,
quality improvement grants are available to assist you. In many ways having an outside observer come in to assess your program can
offer valuable insights about your program. The goal of the assessment is to build upon your program’s strengths so that you can
offer the best possible program to children in your care.
If you are interested in an assessment using FCCERS or if you have any questions about an assessment and potential
grants give us a call. In Cortland, contact Dixie at 753-0106 or email [email protected] In Tompkins,
contact Barb at 273-0259 or email [email protected] .
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WHAT IS THE EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVE PROGRAM?
The Educational Incentive Program (EIP) is a scholarship program which helps providers pay for training and educational activities
with the intent to build provider knowledge, skills and competencies and improve the quality of childcare. To be eligible for EIP, child
care providers must be required to take training and must be caring for children in a program regulated by the New York State Office
of Children and Family Services (NYS OCFS) or the New York City Department of Health (NYC DOH).
W HAT DOES EIP COVER ?
EIP scholarships fund non-credit bearing training, college tuition and mandatory college fees, training and assessment fees
associated with certain credential or certificate programs. All courses taken as part of an early childhood or related degree program
are eligible for scholarship. Training or course work must clearly reflect one or more of the subject areas that are required by the
New York State Office of Children and Family Services’ regulations.
Scholarships will be granted for eligible non-credit bearing courses, conferences and workshops including non-credit distance
learning if training is provided by a New York State Early Learning Trainer Credential (NYSELTC) endorsed trainer.
W HAT DOESN ’ T EIP COVER ?
Child care providers may apply for multiple trainings per year until they reach their award maximum. However, EIP cannot pay for
the same training more than once in a single year. Books, elective student fees, room, board and training materials are not eligible
for scholarships. Test fees and examination preparation courses are not eligible. Applicants are responsible for any tuition and costs
not covered by EIP. Scholarship applications for training taken with trainers not listed as Credentialed, Verified, or Content Specialist
will be denied.
H OW DO I QUALIFY FOR EIP?
Scholarship amounts are determined using your household size and income as reported on your most recent IRS Form 1040. Your
household adjusted gross income must fall within the income chart. If you reside upstate, you may be eligible to access up to $1,850
per EIP year.
W HERE CAN I APPLY ?
You can apply online or download a brochure/application from the SUNY PDP website: HTTP://WWW.ECETP.PDP.ALBANY.EDU/EIP.SHTM
TRAINING POLICIES
Early registration is highly recommended for all workshops. Registration is not complete until a registration form and payment are
received. If the Council cancels a workshop due to low attendance, bad weather or some other unforeseen circumstance, we will
make every effort to contact those who have been registered for the class and credit will be provided for use towards another
workshop. We ask that all participants arrive on time, participate in the workshops, stay for the duration, keep cell phones off,
respect trainer and other participants, and provide feedback. Our goal is to provide quality educational opportunities that
encourage open dialogue, increase knowledge for participants, and provide an enjoyable learning environment for all.
 CHILD DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL TRAINING DISCOUNTS
CHILD DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL TRAINING WORKSHOPS MARKED WITH A “” QUALIFY FOR THE FOLLOWING DISCOUNTS :
 M EMBERSHIP D ISCOUNT
A current Child Development Council membership qualifies you for a $5 member’s discount.
 E ARLY B IRD D ISCOUNT
Registration and payment received one week or more before training date can qualify for a $5 Early Bird Discount.
B EING BOTH A M EMBER AND AN E ARLY B IRD GIVES YOU A $10 DISCOUNT PER TRAINING !
Please mail to:
Child Development Council
111 Port Watson St.
Cortland, NY 13045
or
609 West Clinton Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
YES, I WANT TO BE A MEMBER OF THE CHILD DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL FOR 2015.
(Membership year runs April through March. Join in January and get first quarter free)
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My Membership Certificate shows my professionalism.
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I will use the training discount to get great training at a reasonable price.
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I want to use the resources in the Member’s Corner to enhance my program.
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I will use discounts in local stores (coming soon).
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I want to make a difference in the lives of children and families in Cortland and Tompkins County.
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Child Development Council Early Childhood Training Program is partially funded by United Way
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