NYS Training Requirements

Family Day Care Providers (FDC) & Group Family Day Care Providers/Assistants (GFDC):

Each provider is required to complete 30 hours of training, covering all ten topic areas, every two years. This means over the course of a typical four year registration period, a provider will complete at least 60 hours of training. During the first six months of being registered 15 of those training hours must be completed.

Other Training Requirements:

  • Health & Safety: Competencies for Becoming a Family or Group Family Day Care Provider: This 15 hour training course must be completed before a registration / license is issued. Learn more about Health & Safety Training.
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid: Each program must have at least one person on site certified in CPR/First Aid during all hours of operation Learn more about CPR & First Aid.
  • Medication Administration Training (MAT): Optional except for programs that choose to administer medications or as otherwise required. Learn more about MAT.

School Age Child Care Programs:

Directors of registered school age child care programs and each employee working an average of twenty (20) or more hours a week must complete a minimum of thirty (30) hours of training every two years. Fifteen hours must be completed during the first six months of the programs initial registration or during the person's first six months of employment.  This fifteen hours may apply towards the 30 hours of required training for the registration period. The minimum number of required training hours for staff working less than an average of twenty (20) hours will be pro-rated.

Small Day Care Centers:
Each provider and alternate provider must complete a minimum of thirty (30) hours of training every two years. Fifteen (15) hours of such training must be completed during the first six months of the program's first year of registration.

Day Care Centers:
Each person responsible for developing, directing and supervising the daily activity programs for children (director) and each employee must complete a minimum of thirty (30) hours of training every two years. Fifteen (15) hours of such training must be received during the first six months of the program's first year of licensure or during the person's first six months of employment by the program.

Mandated Reporter Training

The NYS Office of Children and Family Services offers FREE online Mandated Reporter Training in Child Abuse and Neglect/Maltreatment Identification. Register by visiting the Mandated Reporter Resource Center, selecting "Courses Offered" and clicking to register for "Self-Directed Online Training."  A certificate of attendance is sent online to persons completing the 2 hour course. For technical assistance or questions contact OCFS at (518) 435-1825.