Credential Preparation Programs

Credential Preparation Programs are available for family child care providers, child care center teachers and after school caregivers. Preparatory programs are designed for those who want to improve program skills and confi dence in working with children in order to advance professionally. Courses are available to professionals working in all 6 counties served by the Council.


The Child Development Associate is a nationally recognized credential.  The Council's Preparatory Program is a unique combination of training and mentoring.  This dual approach supports the CDA candidate in successfully completing their credential while focusing on quality improvement within their program. Find out more about the Child Development Associate (CDA) by visiting the Council for Professional Recognition website.


The NYS School-Age Care Credential has been developed to promote quality services to children and families by providing specific standards, training, and evaluation of school-age staff members and providers. It is an opportunity for adults working with school-age children to gain professional recognition for demonstrating competence in their on-the-job skills. The Council’s School-Age Educators conduct SAC Credential Preparation Classes and serve as advisors. The Council serves as the state-wide coordinator of the School-Age Credential. Please contact Lynn Siebert at regarding renewal, endorsement, preparatory course work, or final assessments. Find out more about the School-Age Care Credential (SAC) by visiting the AfterSchool Works NY website.


Continuing Education Units (CEU) for CDA Renewal

Most Child Care Council workshops award continuing Education Units (CEU) that qualify towards the renewal of the Child Development Associate. CEU's are listed in the workshop description in our training catalog, the Compass and in the workshop descriptions listed in the on-line registration form. CEU's may also be earned by taking college courses. Click here for a list of local colleges offering early childhood courses.

>>Find out more about CDA Renewal by visiting the website


Contact the Capital District Child Care Council with any questions by calling 518.426.7181, or emailing Lynn Siebert.

Register for Workshops

The Compass (training catalog)

Annual Conference

Infant Toddler

On-Site Training and Consultation

Credential Preparation Programs


E-Learning & Distance Learning

Get Ready for QUALITYStarsNY

Health and Safety Training

Medication Administration Training

Financial Assistance

Directors' Club



Program Dates & Applications

Child Development Associate:

Contact Tina Turriglio

>>Download application (PDF)

>>Apply online


School-Age Credential

Contact Erin Broderick-Roberts

>>Download Application (PDF)

>>Apply online