The Credential Experience as Opportunity

I spend my days training after-school program directors and line staff. One of the trainings I am
most excited to lead is Dignity of Children’s New York State School-Age Care (SAC) Credential
Preparatory Course.

This course holds special meaning for me because I went through this training myself. As a
former after-school director, I had worked in the field for 12 years when I was suddenly required
to obtain the SAC credential or else lose my job.

I wrote about this experience in the spring 2018 issue of the Afterschool Matters journal (URL
Link: In this article I share how, while I was initially daunted by the training, the
experience was one of the best things to happen in my career.

If you have considered getting your NYS SAC credential and have ever wrestled with the pros
and cons of doing so, I invite you to read this article.

Feel free to reach me directly if you have questions. I know the challenges and rewards of the
credentialing process, and I’m here to support you.


By Tinnycua Williams, Master Trainer of Dignity of Children


At Dignity of Children, we hold the health and safety of all in the highest regard. With that said, we are now transitioning all of our programming to an online platform while the world navigates through the current COVID-19 pandemic.

While kids are at home, we remind parents that it is important to keep your children stimulated on an emotional, physical and cognitive basis. Over the coming days and weeks, we will be posting mindful activities on our social media pages to help kids continue to learn while also being able to express their feelings. Remember to create a daily routine for your children that will help them remain excited and engaged!

Additionally, we want to encourage educators and afterschool staff members to take advantage of our online programs for professional development. For questions about DOC programming, call us at (646) 639-7711.

Please remember to take care of yourselves, wash your hands, be safe and stay healthy!

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