Are you look­ing for a schol­ar­ship for your New York child­care train­ing? Do you need free child­care train­ing or dis­count­ed train­ing? Are you won­der­ing, “how do I use a New York EIP award to pay for training?”

Educational Incentive Program (EIP)

If you are a New York child care provider and would like to use an Edu­ca­tion­al Incen­tive Pro­gram (EIP) award to pay for Care Cours­es, you’re in luck!  All Care Cours­es are eli­gi­ble for fund­ing through the State Uni­ver­si­ty of New York (SUNY) EIP pro­gram. You can use this fund­ing for our CDA train­ing sets, CDA renew­al sets, and our NY 30-hours in 10 top­ic area train­ing.

In order to use the SUNY EIP award to pay for NY child care train­ing with Care Cours­es, you must first apply for the award.  For more infor­ma­tion about apply­ing for the award, give us a call at 1–800-685‑7610 or go to the SUNY Uni­ver­si­ty of Albany’s Pro­fes­sion­al Devel­op­ment Pro­gram web­site.

Getting Started

To start the process, decide which Care Cours­es you want to com­plete. Then cre­ate your per­son­al Care Cours­es account.

Once you have cre­at­ed your Care Cours­es account, log in or cre­ate an Ear­ly Child­hood Edu­ca­tion and Train­ing Pro­gram (ECETP) account. Then, com­plete your online EIP APPLICATION. Please call us at 1–800-685‑7610 if you are using a paper appli­ca­tion. When apply­ing for a CDA train­ing set, make sure to spec­i­fy which CDA set­ting you want your train­ing in: Preschool Cen­ter-Based, Infant/Toddler Cen­ter-Based, or Fam­i­ly Home. 

Once you’ve applied online, wait for EIP to process­es your appli­ca­tion. You will then receive an email noti­fy­ing you of your award or if addi­tion­al doc­u­men­ta­tion is required. Click on the link in the email from SUNY to accept the terms and con­di­tions and elec­tron­i­cal­ly sign your EIP award. Look­ing for your award sta­tus? You can check the sta­tus of your appli­ca­tion using the EIP award sta­tus search here.

There are two ways you can use the EIP award to pay for child care train­ing with Care Cours­es. You may use the award when plac­ing the order ini­tial­ly or for reim­burse­ment after you’ve placed your order. Below is an expla­na­tion of each method:

How can I place my Care Courses order using my SUNY EIP award?

If you want to order NY child care train­ing with Care Cours­es using your EIP award, you have to receive your award first.  Once you’ve applied for and are grant­ed the award, you can place your order. How? Fol­low these sim­ple steps:

  1. Dig­i­tal­ly sign the EIP award sent to you by SUNY using the link in the approval email.
  2. Log into or cre­ate your Care Cours­es account and make sure your con­tact infor­ma­tion is up to date and the email address in your Care Cours­es account match­es the email address you used to apply for your EIP award. You can update your email address under the My Infor­ma­tion area of your Care Cours­es account.
  3. Email Care Cours­es at to indi­cate which course for­mat you want (online cours­es or Course­Book cours­es with online sub­mis­sion). Indi­cate what cours­es you have applied for using your EIP award and the date you signed the award in the email.
  4. Once we receive the signed online award, we will review and accept award. We will con­tact you if addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion is need­ed. We will then process the order for your course(s) and either send you the Course­Books or the enroll­ment codes for the online cours­es (whichev­er for­mat you indi­cat­ed in your email to us).

Ques­tions? Email us at or give us a call at 1–800-685‑7610!

Use EIP awards to pay for Care Courses

I need to place my order now but I still want to apply for the EIP award to pay for the Care Courses training, how can I receive reimbursement?

If you’ve already placed an order or need to place an order ASAP and still want to use the EIP award for reim­burse­ment, Care Cours­es can help! 

Once you’ve applied for and are grant­ed the award:

  1. Order your Care Cours­es online or by giv­ing us a call at 1–800-685‑7610. Write down your order number
  2. Email Care Cours­es at indi­cat­ing that you are sub­mit­ting an EIP award to Care Cours­es for reim­burse­ment. Include the Care Cours­es order num­ber for the cours­es that you received the award for.
  3. Dig­i­tal­ly sign the online EIP award sent to you by SUNY
  4. Once we receive the online EIP award and your email, Care Cours­es will process a refund for the order you orig­i­nal placed up to the val­ue of the EIP award.

All Care Cours­es are eli­gi­ble for fund­ing through SUNY’s Edu­ca­tion­al Incen­tive Pro­gram (aka EIP awards).

How do I fill out the EIP application form for Care Courses?

Review the ques­tions in the online EIP appli­ca­tion. Make sure to read the entire application.

Here are a few tips for com­plet­ing the appli­ca­tion for Care Courses:

  • The deliv­ery type is “Dis­tance Learning/Online Training”
  • The train­ing type is “Training/Conference/Workshop”
  • The train­ing start date is an esti­mate of when you will begin your train­ing. We rec­om­mend about three weeks after the date you com­plete your application.
  • The train­ing end date is the last cal­en­dar date of that year.

SUNY requires all cours­es paid for through EIP to be com­plet­ed in the same cal­en­dar year that the award was grant­ed. EIP schol­ar­ship appli­ca­tions must be received by Decem­ber 1st of a cal­en­dar year to be con­sid­ered for train­ing in that cal­en­dar year.

Can I use my EIP award for my Child Development Associate (CDA) training and assessment fee?

Yes, EIP awards can be used to pay for NY con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion train­ing, CDA cre­den­tial train­ing, the CDA assess­ment fee, CDA renew­al train­ing and the CDA renew­al fee. EIP awards can­not be used to pay for the CDA Council’s com­pe­ten­cy stan­dards book.

Interested in Learning More About the CDA?

Check out our blog What Can You Do With A CDA? to learn more!

Care Courses Support

Please let us know how we can answer your NY EIP ques­tions and be of addi­tion­al assis­tance! Call us: 1–800-685‑7610, Mon­day through Fri­day, 9–5 ET, or email us days, evenings, and week­ends: We’re here to help!

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