Technical Assistance – We are here to answer your questions, by phone, e-mail, or on-site (yours and ours!). Questions run the gamut from regulations to program development, so don’t be shy about asking! Call us at 607-273-0259 or email

Intensive Technical Assistance – Provided in hourly units this free service is optimal for making big changes to your education or program, yet individualized to your needs. ITA Application

Retention Grants – We have a limited number of quality improvement grants available for family and group family child care providers. The grants are available for up to $500 towards quality improvement including professional development, building and grounds, safety requirements and in educational materials that relate to curriculum development.

Eva Boman Cochran Professional Development Scholarships – Resources in this fund vary. Contact us for more information.

Child Care Emergency Scholarships – Our scholarship program is designed for parents, but it helps you too. We recognize that when a family has a financial crisis, sometimes the child care bill backs up. Don’t get caught in a bind, refer families early, before the bill gets too big.

Healthy Meals through Child and Adult Care Food Program (CAFCP) – If you are looking for information on healthy eating, feeding finicky eaters, or just need some financial support to offer a cornucopia of foods, contact the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Business Forms – You may download commonly used business forms, or contact our Child Care Specialist if you are looking for something new or unique to your program.

Professional Membership Applications – We keep applications to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Family Child Care Association of New York State (FCCANYS) on file. These resources offer a host of services for their members, including but not limited to accreditation, business insurance, and educational materials.

Child Care Center Accreditation

Family Child Care Accreditation

School Age Child Care (SACC) Accreditation

Quality Stars NY – QSNY is a voluntary quality rating system for early care and education programs. It is currently being piloted in 12 communities across the state. For more information, visit the website.

Zero to Three

Early Care and Learning Council

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 or call the Council at 273-0259 or 753-0106.


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. NAEYC Accreditation gives families the chance to make the Right Choice for Kids.

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Children’s Program Administrator Credential

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.

Infant Toddler Care & Education Credential

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.

Early Learning Trainer Credential

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.

Family Child Care Credential

This credential is designed to 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.

For more information about these credentials, please visit , or call (518) 867-3517.