Training Requirements 

The NYS Child Day Care Regulations have specific training requirements for child care providers. Providers and employees must take a minimum of 30 hours of training every two years. Each of the following topic areas must be addressed:  

(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; and  
(8)  statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment.  
(9)  education & prevention of shaken baby syndrome (school-age program staff are not required to take training in this topic area)  

Additional Requirements
•  Before becoming registered or licensed, family and group family child care providers must complete training approved by the NYS Office of Children & Family Services pertaining to the health and safety of children and must demonstrate basic competency with regard to health and safety standards. This refers to Health and Safety: Competencies for Becoming a Family or Group Family Day Care Provider [hyperlink to page 3.4.b Health & Safety Training].
•  Each provider, assistant, alternate assistant, alternate provider, director or employee of a registered or licensed child care program must complete a minimum of fifteen (15) hours of training during the first six months of registration/licensure or during the person's first six months of employment by the program.
•  Training requirements also apply to any volunteer who has the potential for regular and substantial contact with children in a day care program.    

Training Details by Program Type 
For specific details regarding each type of child care program visit the NYS Office of Children and Family Services website and read the training section of the regulations. These links will take you to the regulations.  

Family Day Care Regulations   

Group Family Day Care Regulations   

Day Care Center Regulations   

School-Age Child Care Regulations     

Policy Statements 
Policy statements are written to further clarify and provide guidelines regarding regulations.  The following policy statements have been issued about training requirements:
04-3Substitute Caregivers and Prorating Training Hours This policy statement addresses substitute, alternates, and part time employees and the requirements for training.  

08-2Child Day Care Training Requirements This policy statement outline specific training requirements for Family Day Care, Group Family Day Care, Day Care Center and School Age Child Care directors and employees. It also addresses who is eligible to train providers.  

02-2Distance Learning This policy statements reviews the criteria that distance learning must meet in order to count toward a providers training hours.  

If you have questions about regulations contact Katy Pinkerton at (315) 393-6474 Ext. 17

If you have questions about training requirements contact Connie Neuroth at (315) 393-6474 Ext. 11