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Coach

For individuals with expert, specialized adult-learning knowledge and skills who want to provide one-on-one, relationship-based assistance to leaders or teachers.

Eligibility:

  1. Career Ladder 6 with 15 credits in early childhood education or a related field
  2. Five years of leadership experience (to coach leaders)
  3. CPAC credential or Early Childhood leadership degree (to coach leaders)

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Content Specialist

For individuals that have attained a level of expertise in a field that is unrelated to Early Care and Learning but is vital to managing a quality early care and learning Program.

Eligibility:

  1. An Associate’s Degree or higher degree in a related field
  2. Minimally 3 years of work experience in the content area
  3. Minimally 1 year of adult training experience
  4. Professional certification may be required – for example, an accountant who wishes to
    train business tax law should have a CPA.

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Professional Development Specialist

For individuals providing non-credit bearing, in-person group professional development on general early childhood and/or school-age content.

Eligibility:

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For early childhood and school-age program administrators. Recognizes competence in program management, fiscal management, and leadership.

Eligibility:

  1. One year working at assistant director or director level
  2. 18 college-level credits in early childhood education
  3. 18 college-level credits in program administration (covering all six competency areas)
  4. 24 or more additional college-level credits

Note: Only classes passed with a C or higher accepted.

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For family child care providers. Recognizes competence in professional family child care, child development, healthy home learning environments, and business practices.

Eligibility:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age
  2. Have two years’ experience as an owner or employee of a NYS Office of Children and Family Services regulated Family or Group Family Day Care in good standing.
  3. 12 college-level credits in early childhood education OR 9 college-level credits in early childhood education and 45 hours of documented community-based training

NOTE: 3 of the 12 credits or the 45 hours of community-based training must have been completed within the past five years

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For infant and toddler providers. Recognizes those practitioners who display a specialized knowledge of infant and toddler development.

Eligibility:

  1. 12 credits from a nationally accredited college in early childhood coursework that covers the standards of the New York State Infant Toddler Competencies
    AND
  2. One year caring for infants and/or toddlers in NYS licensed center, family child care home or formal program serving infants and/or toddlers
    OR
    Two semesters of supervised fieldwork course with infants and toddlers and six months work experience in the above
    OR
    Floater or substitute with 480 hours of documented experience

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