Child Care

Taking your first step is an amazing start in the Child Care microcredential where you will gain knowledge on the development and needs of children ages infancy to five years old.  First, you will study the history, theories and philosophies that form the foundation of early childhood care and education. Then, through development of skills ensuring the well-being of a young child, you will focus on health, safety and nutrition to support a healthy lifestyle. Finally, you will explore the core competencies of the infant-toddler caregiver and the caregiver and family relationship. You will also gain an understanding of state policies and regulations as established by the NYS Office for Children and Family Services. This microcredential is intended for anyone interested in working in the early childcare field, including participants in the St. Lawrence County Child Care Training Program. The child care microcredential does not count for CDA credit.

What You'll Learn

  • Gain an understanding of developmental milestones of children ages infancy – five.
  • Gain knowledge of principles of child development, including physical, psychosocial, cognitive, and language skills.
  • Gain an understanding of high-quality early care and education, developmentally appropriate practices, and intentional and purposeful classroom planning and teaching.
  • Gain knowledge of state policies and regulations as established by the NYS Office for Children and Family Services for state-licensed family home-based and group childcare.


  • Current students
  • Outside professionals
  • SLC Family Child Care Training Program Participants
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  • Online
  • Classroom

Time to Complete

  • Months

This program qualifies for the new Part-Time TAP for Non-Degree Programs. Learn more about eligibility.

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