SUNY Jefferson

Professional Growth & Technology

Jefferson offers a variety of workshops for professional growth and career training. The College also works with area employers and development organizations to build customized training opportunities for workforce initiatives.

Program details and registration information


The Home-Based Child Care Training program provides participants with the knowledge, skills, and support to become in-home childcare providers. Lewis County, Jefferson County, the Community Action Planning Council (CAPC), Jefferson Community College (JCC), and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have collaborated to design and launch this innovative program. The program is provided at no cost to participants through the generous sponsorship of Lewis and Jefferson Counties.

Your child care provider career starts at Jefferson

The Home-Based Child Care Training program is designed to prepare you to become a home-based child care provider. At the conclusion of the program, participants are expected to have gained NYSOCFS approval to operate a home-based child care program and will have earned a Certificate of Completion from JCC. This certificate signifies competencies in early childhood education and small business management.


Let us help you start your own home-based child care business!

  • Become a Home-Based Child Care Provider within four months
  • Free training (Health & Safety, Red Cross, Small Business Workshops, & Family Policy Handbook workshop)
  • Child care Stipend available to help you attend workshops and one-on-one meetings
  • Earn 3 College Credits at JCC by taking Introduction to Early Childhood
  • Program Coordinator assigned to provide individual mentorship through the program
  • SBDC Advisor assigned for one-on-one business counseling
  • CAPC Regulator assigned to provide guidance on NYSOCFS approval
  • Access free supplies to help you start your new business
  • Access to a Child Care Providers closed Facebook group

Training Program Kickoff Meeting

Attend a kick-off meeting where you’ll receive information on program partners, program team members, program details, syllabus, and schedule.

Note: The OCFS application that is required to apply for a childcare program license includes a background check.

Program requirements for Home-Based Child Care Training

Business Requirements (16 non-credit hours) Non-Credit Hours
SBDC Module 1: Introduction to Entrepreneurship  2
SBDC Module 2: Small Businesses Accounting  2
SBDC Module 3: Risk Management 2
SBDC Module 4: Marketing 2
SBDC Module 5: Self-Care  2
JCC Family Policy Handbook Workshop – Part I  3
JCC Family Policy Handbook Workshop – Part II  3
Health and Safety Requirements (20 non-credit hours) Non-Credit Hours
CAPC Health & Safety Training 15
Red Cross First Aid & CPR Training  5
Health and Safety Requirements (3 credit hours)   Credit Hours
ECD - 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education 3

Total Non-Credit hours 26
Total Credit hours 3


Cost: Grant funding coverages full cost of program. Funding available to residents of Jefferson County or Lewis County.

Step 1: Complete Interest Form. Pre-registration deadline is March 7, 2022.
Step 2: Complete the NYS Division of Child Care Services Child Day Care Orientation (2-hour online course).
Orientation Link:
Step 3: Request an OCFS Application upon completing the NYS Division of Child Care Services Child Day Care Orientation
Step 4: Attend Program Kick-Off Meeting to finalize admissions

Information Session Schedule

Thursday January 13, 2022, 10:00am-11:00am, JCC Watertown Campus, Building E, Room 117, or via Zoom Meeting

Tuesday January 25, 2022, 6:30pm-7:30pm, JCC Watertown Campus, Building E, Room 117, or via Zoom Meeting

Saturday February 5, 2022, 10:00am-11:00am, Lewis County Education Center, Lowville, NY, Room 1, or via Zoom Meeting

Program Kick-Off Meeting

March 8, 2022, 6:00pm. (Attendance required to confirm program admission)


Cohort II is scheduled for March 2022 – December 2022.

  • Total program participant time commitment is approximately 30 hours, or 1-5 hours per week including independent work over the course of 6 months.
  • Non-credit and credit training schedule TBA.
  • Training is available virtually and in person at the Lewis County Education Center and JCC Campus.

Interested? Complete the interest form to get started!

April 21, 2022, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. – Lowville, NY, Lewis County Education Center

All participants must provide proof of vaccination.

A notary public of the common law is a public officer constituted by law to serve the public in non-contentious matters usually concerned with general financial transactions, estates, deeds, powers-of-attorney, and foreign and international business.

Prepare to be a Notary Public:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the authority, duties and responsibilities of the Notary Public Office.
  • Topics include avoiding conflicts of interest, maintaining professional ethics, charging proper fees, handling special situations, when to defer to an attorney, and minimizing legal liability.
  • An 80 question practice exam is included.

Lowville Class:
Thursday April 21, 2022, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $60

Register by April 13, 2022 online or by requesting an application at or at Jefferson, Extended Learning Center, building E.

April 16, 2022 – Watertown, NY, JCC Campus

All participants must provide proof and status of Covid-19 vaccination.

The ServSafe Certification is ideal for individuals who wish to prepare to take the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Exam. This one day 8-hour course will prepare your restaurant operation to meet state managed training requirements for foodservice personnel. This workshop will empower employees with the knowledge and skills they need to prepare and serve foods safely. 

  • Gain necessary skills and knowledge to prepare foods safely
  • Tuition covers the cost of the ServSafe Essentials 7th Edition textbook, exam, and proctoring of the exam during the course.
  • The ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification exam is take during the final 90-minutes of the course.
  • Sign up early as enrollment is limited.
  • Instructor Shaunna Arnold, Certified ServSafe Instructor through the National Restaurant Association, and Coordinator – Hospitality and Tourism Program, JCC

Watertown Class:
Saturday, April 16, 2022, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $275

Funding is available through The Workplace for qualified individuals. Call 315-782-9252 for more information.

Register online or by requesting an application at or at Jefferson, Extended Learning Center, building E.


Contact Us

Workforce Development & Business Division
(315) 786-2233