University at Albany

New York State Child Care Workforce Development Evaluation

CHSR evaluated three major initiatives designed by the The University at Albany, SUNY’s Professional Development Program (PDP) offered through New York’s Office of Children and Family ServicesDivision of Child Care Services.

PDP oversees programs designed to promote a highly qualified child care workforce in New York State. Staff work with child care providers across the state from diverse service modalities such as day care centers, family day care, and school-age childcare. Among the major initiatives offered by PDP through New York’s Office of Children and Family Services – Division of Child Care Services are:

  • Educational Incentive Program (EIP) - The EIP is a scholarship program which helps providers pay for high quality training and the education they need to provide quality care to children. Child care providers are required to be trained and to provide care for children in a program regulated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services or the New York City Department of Health.
  • Videoconferencing (VC) - Videoconference training provides an opportunity to learn from experts and other child care providers while networking and sharing experience with other professionals. Trainings consist of live broadcasts, discussions with expert panelists, activities, and handouts. Co-trainers guide discussions to help participants apply knowledge and skills.
  • E-Learning - Launched in 2010, this project allows providers to take 1-2 hour training courses online at any time. Examples of course offerings include Keeping Children Safe, Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome, and Mandated Reporter Online Training.

Evaluation & Research

Major evaluation responsibilities for each of the training programs described above included summarizing participation, and designing and developing surveys to assess provider and trainer needs. A baseline study of inter-rater reliability among child care regulators was conducted. Pairs of regulators performed simultaneous inspections with a single provider; scoring decisions were compared for percent agreement, and measurement validation analysis was conducted.

Contact: Rose Greene