Credentials & Accreditation

Credentials and Accreditation are indicators of high quality standards. Credentials are based on the individual meeting these quality standards. Accreditation indicates the program has achieved these higher standards.


NYS School Age Child Care Credential
The Council's coursework is for those interested in working toward a School Age Child Care Credential.
Fee - $2000
Who is eligible?
Candidate must be working with school age children in center-based, school-based, or family/group family child care
Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
(call Linda at or 845)294-4012 x222 if you need a payment plan or are using EIP).

Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)
Who is eligible?
Be 18 years of age or older
Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
Have 480 hours of experience working with children within the past five years*
Have 120 hours of formal education and training within the past five years

  • $2000 – 120 hour course and one observation
  • $400 – one observation and Practicum (4 classes and portfolio review)
  • $200 - one observation and review of portfolio
  • $125 – one observation for those who have completed 120 hours of formal education
  • $40 - additional observation