NYS School Age Credential

The NYS School-Age Care Credential Preparatory Course is a 6-month program designed to support youth development professionals in obtaining the New York State School-Age Care (SAC) Credential. New classes for this course begin on September 17th and October 22nd, 2020.

The program caters to youth development professionals. Whether you are a Supervisor responsible for multiple sites, a Director running program out of a school/community center or a small business owner serving your community, the Credential Preparatory Course will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to operate effective programs and meet the educational requirements to serve as an After-School Director per the NYS OCFS Part 414 regulations.

The NYS SAC Credential Process

Once you have made the wise decision to move forward to earn your NYS SAC Credential, the first thing you should do is register at the bottom of this page.

You must then attend the in person Leadership and Management Part I & II courses which are held once per week for 8 weeks at our Manhattan NY training location. These trainings cover all topics required by the Office of Children and Family Services and the fee is included in your credential course cost. Do not Register for Leadership & Management. You will automatically be enrolled in the next upcoming Leadership and Management class (part I and part II) after the start date of your Credential course.

We strongly recommend that you attend the complimentary clinical dates to support you in completing your portfolios and resource file. You are welcome to come and work on your journals all-day long during clinical hours of 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. Instructions for preparing your portfolio and other documentation by Sonia Toledo, will take place from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at our training space.

Next, we provide you with an advisor who will review your portfolio and coach you on better ways to improve your program. Advisor visits begin upon 50% percent completion of the requisite written documentation for your portfolio.

The final step is submitting your completed portfolio to New York State Network for Youth Success who will send an Endorser to evaluate you at work in your program.

We are committed to supporting, motivating and giving you clear instructions to successfully complete this process.


1. Portfolio Development

Complimentary clinical session are available to support you in completing your portfolios and resource file are available to you monthly.

2. Advisor and Site Visits

Following 50% successful completion of the course, we provide you with an advisor at no additional cost. The advisor will then work intensively to support you as you prepare for your Endorser Visit.

3. Strengthen Your Knowledge Regarding the Core Competencies

With training based in the New York State School-Age Care Competency Standards, you can immediately apply what you've learned to your job.

4. Learn from the Best

Throughout the course of your time with us, you will learn from experienced specialists while also receiving regular support and feedback from veterans in the field.

5. Get a Professional Credential

Participants who have obtained their School Age Care Credential are recognized throughout the state of New York for providing high quality programming and services to children and families through the adherence to specific standards, training and evaluation.

Dignity of Children is amazing. They are an amazing support system. This great experience changed the way I see my job performance. Their training and coaching sessions with Sonia and her team was awesome. That was the best part of the Credentials; having one on one coaching and different pieces of training with former Credential candidates helped me bring different ideas into my program and also share the ideas I already incorporate in my program.

- Niurkalis Rosario

"I got so much out of the Credential process. The classes helped me to look at so many things differently including my program and my staff. I grew as a professional. For many people, the process helps to transform struggling programs. In my case, it was different because I was blessed to inherit a program that was already fantastic; however, with DOC's support, I was able to make meaningful improvements. If you are considering obtaining your credential and are wondering if you should, the answer is - Absolutely do it."

- Lisa Sapachino

Take the Credential now! With payment plans available, you do not want to miss out this opportunity!

Register for the NYS SAC Credential now!