New York

What is Aspire?

The New York Works for Children (NYWFC) is New York’s professional development system for early childhood and school age professionals. One of the key services that NYWFC provides is the Aspire Registry.This registry allows childcare providers in the state of New York to increase the number of high-quality early childhood education programs and services, track professional progress, and develop a skilled early childhood workforce.

Aspire offers professional development and quality improvement tools in one centralized website in order to support members of the early childhood and education workforce of New York. Once your application is processed through NYWFC, you will have access to the Aspire system. On Aspire, a wide variety of childcare training listings are provided. Aspire manages all of your trainings and keep the records all in one place. The system allows you to locate training by a specific trainer or by specific keywords. AIR Child Care Training Solutions has multiple courses listed on the Aspire registry.

New York Childcare Training Tools

While there are many great tools available to childcare professionals, here’s two that we’ve found to be very useful.

‘Search For Training’ tab in Aspire allows users to search for trainings and trainers. Users can look through the training calendar or the course catalog to find trainings interesting to them. Users can also search by location, date, event ID, or subject if they know a specific area that they are interested in. If a user is interested in a particular trainer, they can search using the Trainer Directory. Users can narrow the search by selecting expertise areas, language, competencies, and so much more.

Saved Events allows users to find events they are interested in and save them in a specific area. If you walk away from the computer, see one that’s interesting but do not need hours currently, or want to keep looking, the Saved Events tool can become very handy.

 

How many hours of professional development training are required in New York?

According to the New York Office of Children and Family Services, early childhood professionals are required to complete a minimum of thirty (30) hours of professional development training every two (2) years.