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The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) requires that a total of 30 hours of training must be completed every licensing/registration period. Fifteen 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; and

9. Education and prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome.