The CDA & SAC credential preparation programs are available for family child care providers, child care center teachers and after-school staff. Preparatory programs are designed for those who want to improve program skills and confidence in working with children in order to advance professionally and earn a credential. 

School-age Credential Preparatory Program (SAC)

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 the Child Care Council at 518-426-7181 regarding renewal, endorsement, preparatory course work, or final assessments. Find out more about the School-Age Care Credential (SAC) by visiting the Network for Youth Success website 


Child Development Associate Preparatory Program (CDA)

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. 


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 hours are listed in the training descriptions for every workshop we offer. Find the schedule of trainings here. 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