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Trainer Credentials

The New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC) has developed a trainer approval process that verifies the education and qualifications of trainers who provide professional development to early learning providers in the state. Approved trainers have had their qualifications verified by NYSAEYC through Aspire.

Approved Trainer Types

ASPIRE-Registered Trainers

ASPIRE-Registered Trainers have an active ASPIRE profile and have registered with ASPIRE as a trainer. ASPIRE has verified their education, but they do not necessarily meet a specific level of education. They may or may not have experience working directly with children and families. They may or may not have experience providing professional development to early childhood professionals.

Verified Trainers

Verified Trainers have an active ASPIRE profile and have registered with ASPIRE as a trainer. ASPIRE has verified their education, but they do not necessarily meet a specific level of education. They may or may not have experience working directly with children and families. They may or may not have experience providing professional development to early childhood professionals. ASPIRE has verified that these trainers have at least one (1) endorsement to provide a specific curriculum or have been trained to reliability on at least one (1) assessment tool. Verified trainers must complete an approved train-the-trainer course, receive a certificate or letter verifying that they hold a valid, current endorsement, and submit that documentation to ASPIRE for verification.

Credentialed Trainers

Credentialed Trainers have been awarded the New York State Early Learning Trainer Credential by the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC). Their experience and education have been verified to be specific to early childhood education and/or school-age care. Credentialed trainers have active ASPIRE Professional Profiles and they very often also possess additional endorsements to deliver specific curricula and/or use specific assessment tools. There are three (3) levels of Credentialed Trainers. The levels are based largely on education level and coursework related to early childhood education. All Credentialed Trainers have a minimum of an Associate's degree, experience working in early childhood education, and experience delivering professional development.

Content Specialist Trainers

Content Specialist Trainers have education and experience in a field other than early childhood education, but offer non-credit bearing group training in their area of expertise to early childhood professionals in areas such as fine/performing arts, social work, law, business and accounting, health and nutrition, and safety and security. They have an active ASPIRE profile, have registered with ASPIRE as a trainer, and have been issued the Content Specialist endorsement by the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC). ASPIRE has verified their education, but they do not necessarily meet a specific level of education. They may or may not have experience working directly with children and families, but they do have experience delivering professional development to early childhood professionals.

Aspire

Early childhood trainers, coaches and consultants are encouraged to join ASPIRE, New York State's workforce registry and statewide training calendar for early childhood and school-age professionals.