The Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam develops three training calendars per year in the Fall, Spring and Summer. These training calendars provide multiple opportunities for the child care provider to accomplish their training requirements.

We have recently added Distance Learning classes to our schedule. You now have the choice of several trainings that you can take in the comfort of your own home. You choose the date and time. See our training calendar for more information.

Day care center or school age child care programs preferring a more individualized approach to training can arrange to have the trainings brought directly to the program. For more information about on-site trainings, email or call our Training Coordinator at (845) 473-4141 ext. 228

Would you like help improving your program?

Technical Assistance is available to all caregivers and professionals who work in the child care field. Call the Council for more information.

If you would like to request a training topic please send your suggestions to Wendy Cooper, Training Coordinator, at

Training Requirements

The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) requires that licensed and registered providers must complete a total of 30 hours of training every two years. Fifteen (15) hours of such training must be received during the first six months of licensure, registration or employment by a program.

Training must address the following topics:

  1. Principles of childhood development, including the appropriate supervision of children, meeting the needs of children enrolled in the program with physical or emotional challenges and behavior management and discipline.
  2. Nutrition and health needs of children.
  3. Child care program development.
  4. Safety and security procedures, including communication between parents and staff.
  5. Business record maintenance and management.
  6. Child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention.
  7. Statutes and regulations pertaining to child care.
  8. Statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment.
  9. Education and prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Health and Safety Training

A fifteen hour Health and Safety Training is required for all initial applicants of Family and Group Family Day Care. For information on the next available training, please call (845) 473-4141, ext 216.

Registration and Payment

Advance registration and prepayment are required to enroll in training classes and receive a certificate. Registrations can be taken over the telephone with use of a credit card. Register early! Most classes have limited enrollment.

We reserve the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment.

All workshops will be held at the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, 301 Manchester Road, Suite 201A, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, unless otherwise noted.

The Council reserves the right to refuse late arrivals and/or to adjust training certificates to reflect late arrival.

We also reserve the right to require appropriate participation in all trainings.

Credits, Refunds, & Cancellations

No credits or refunds will be issued without 48 hours notice. If classes are cancelled by the Council due to low enrollment, refunds will be given.


Workshops are not appropriate environments for children of any age. The presence of children, including babies, is very distracting. We do not provide child care on-site, nor can we allow children to be unsupervised outside the training room.
Please do not bring children with you.