Professional Development Programs

At the Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country, we know that all children deserve the very best early childhood education. That’s why we educate and support the development of a qualified workforce of early childhood providers through recruitment, training opportunities, technical assistance, credentialing, and coaching. CCCCNC recognizes that child care providers’ confidence and competence is directly related to quality supports based in developmentally appropriate practices and field research.

Our Professional Development Trainings Include:

  • Health and Safety
  • SUNY ECETP Live Webcast Video Conferences
  • Medication Administration Training (MAT)
  • CPR, First Aid and AED
  • Child Development Associate (CDA)
  • Introduction to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • And much more!

Education Incentive Program (EIP) funding, or other grants or scholarships may be available to you! Please contact Alder Rose Blanchard at (518) 561-4999 to discuss your options.

Our trainings align with the 9 NYS OCFS Training Topics, as well as the 8 CDA Content Areas and the 7 Core Body of Knowledge Areas.

NYS OCFS Training Topics
  1. Principles of Early Childhood Development, Focusing on the Developmental Stages of the Age Groups for Which the Program Provides Care
  2. Nutrition and Health Needs of Infants and Children
  3. Child Day Care Program Development
  4. Safety and Security Procedures
  5. Business Record Maintenance and Management
  6. Child Abuse and Maltreatment Identification and Prevention
  7. Statutes and Regulations Pertaining to Child Day Care
  8. Statutes and Regulations Pertaining to Child Abuse and Maltreatment
  9. Education and Information on the Identification, Diagnosis and Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome

    10.  Adverse Childhood Experiences, focused on understanding trauma and nurturing resiliency.

CDA Content Areas
  1. Planning a safe, healthy learning environment
  2. Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development
  3. Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development
  4. Strategies to establish productive relationships with families
  5. Strategies to manage an effective program operation
  6. Maintaining a commitment to professionalism
  7. Observing and recording children’s behavior
  8. Principles of child development and learning
Core Body of Knowledge (CBK) Areas
  1. Child Growth and Development
  2. Family and Community Relationships
  3. Observation and Assessment
  4. Environment and Curriculum
  5. Health, Safety and Nutrition
  6. Professionalism and Leadership
  7. Administration and Management

Professional Development Training

We offer training to all licensed and registered child care providers/programs, as well as parents and caregivers, across the region. All trainings we offer satisfy the training topics of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (NYS OCFS), which child care professionals are required to meet by New York State regulation.

We often collaborate with other agencies in the area to offer a wide variety of training in Plattsburgh, Malone, and Saranac Lake. Participants receive a certificate at the conclusion of each training, which will list the NYS OCFS training topics covered, the CDA content areas, and the Core Body of Knowledge areas.

Health and Safety

  • Mandated for new family child care providers, this 15 hour course is offered in Plattsburgh as 2 Saturday sessions
  • $225 fee, which may be covered with start-up grant funds
  • To register, contact Chris Danussi at JCEO (518) 561-6310 or

CPR, First Aid and AED

  • Upon completion of this class, participants will have a 2 year certification card from the National Safety Council
  • $125.00 per person, class size is limited to 15
  • To register, contact Kelley at (518) 566-3464 or

Medication Administration Training (MAT)

  • Required training before you can administer medication in your child care program, this 8 hour skills-based training includes a video component as well as hands-on demonstration
  • $240 per person (will receive rebate once you successfully complete the class)
  • Contact Laura Jennings, RN at for more information
  • Participants must also register online with SUNY: CLICK HERE
  • Kelley can help you navigate the ECETP portal! Call (518) 561-3464.

Child Development Associate (CDA) Preparatory Program

  • Take your professional development to the next step with this nationally recognized professional credential for individuals working in the early childhood field
  • 120 training hours, 2 semesters; may be eligible for college credit
  • Course fee $1800. You may be eligible for scholarship funding
  • For registration information, contact Alder Rose Blanchard at (518) 561-4999 or

SUNY ECETP Video Conferences

  • Live webcast video conferences on a variety of topics allow you to learn from experts while networking and sharing your experience. On-site co-trainers guide discussion and help you apply your knowledge and skills
  • Broadcast from 6:45pm to 9:15pm on select dates, in Plattsburgh and Malone
  • Free of charge
  • Information and registration available: CLICK HERE

Other Ongoing Professional Development

  • We regularly offer a variety of training opportunities that will meet one or more NYS OCFS training topics
  • Fees vary; you may be eligible for scholarship funding (see below), including EIP or other grants, to cover the cost. We are happy to help you apply!
  • Most training offered on evenings or Saturdays. Our Annual August Training Week is filled with FREE trainings in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings! Seats will be limited - offered on a first come, first registered basis!

See our current calendar for information including dates on all upcoming trainings!

See All Training and Events

Technical Assistance

The Child Care Council (CCCCNC) is your resource for developing and maintaining the high quality child care program that you wish to have. We offer on-site consultation and technical assistance on a one-on-one basis to licensed and registered child care providers in Clinton and Franklin Counties. We are happy to assist your caregiver or program in the use of an environmental rating scale to develop a quality improvement plan, and to help resolve program issues.

Some examples of areas for potential technical assistance may include:

  • Program planning for all ages
  • Working with children with special needs
  • Toileting concerns
  • Biting behaviors
  • Outdoor play
  • Creative messy play
  • And many more - tell us what you need!

Please call us with any questions or requests:

In Clinton County: Alder Rose Blanchard

Email HereCall: (518) 561-4999

In Franklin County: Patsy Ellison

Email HereCall: (518) 481-7281

Scholarship and Grant Funding

Scholarship and grant funding to participate in professional development training may be available through several sources. We can help with your application! Please contact Ann Fraser at (518) 561-4999 or and she will be happy to discuss options with you.

Education Incentive Program (EIP):

Funded by NYS OCFS. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist child care providers with payment for professional development training and the education they need to provide quality child care. For more information or to apply...

Website LinkCall: (800) 295-9616


A union for family and group family child care programs, offers program materials, grant opportunities and tuition assistance. See for more information.

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Small Grants for Small Children:

Facilitated by the Adirondack Foundation. Supports training, travel, quality equipment and other needs.

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