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Promoting Professional Development and High Quality Early Childhood and School-Age Programmes
 Council on Children and Families
 Deborah Benson, Executive Director

The links below contain information on programs that have been established to improve the competencies of people working with children and their families including:


Infant/Toddler Care and Education Credential

Competencies, Guidelines and Candidacy

A manual that outlines the process and requirements for completing and obtaining the Infant/Toddler Care and Education Credential.

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Children's Program Administrator Credential

Competencies, Guidelines and Candidacy

A manual that outlines the process and requirements for completing and obtaining the Children's Program Administrator Credential.

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NYS Early Learning Trainer Credential;

Competencies, Guidelines and Candidacy

Visit the NYS Professional Development Approval System to:

  • Learn more about the NYS Early Learning Trainer Credential
  • Join the Trainer Registry. Create a public training profile to advertise your training services on the NYS Early Learning Training Source.

Family Child Care Credential

Competencies, Guidelines and Candidacy

The New York State Family Child Care Credential is designed to formally recognize those practitioners who demonstrate their competence, knowledge and professional practice in the areas of professional family child care, child development, healthy home learning environments and business practices.


Family Development Credential

Guidlines and Canadidacy

A description of Cornell University’s nationally recognized program that perpares frontline workers with skills necessary to provided empowerment-based assistance to families that they might set and obtain goals of healthy self-reliance.

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School-Age Care Credential

Introduction, Eligibility and Competency Standards

An overview and manual that provide information on the credential, eligibility, and competency standards.