Distance Learning SACC Prep Course Syllabi

Distance Learning SACC Prep Course Policies

Course Description

The School Age Care Credential Course is an in-depth study of competency standards that reflect best practices in after-school programs.  This course is specifically designed for individuals currently employed in school age child care programs, who serve children ages 5 to 13 years old.  Competency standards demonstrating the ability to nurture children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth will be explored. Major topics include maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment, child development, challenging behaviors, observing and recording, working with families, curriculum development, operational program management, communication, and professionalism. Current theories and trends of working with and educating school age children will be investigated by SACC Candidates.  Part 1 covers skill areas 1-7, and Part 2 covers skill areas 8-14.  

Required Text

Enrollment in the SAC Credential Course
Individuals enrolling in this course must be 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma or GED, and must be currently working/volunteering in a NYS OCFS Licensed/Registered program.

Method of Instruction
Asynchronous Distance Learning via Google Classroom

To successfully complete this course, I agree to the following:

Enrollment in the SAC Credential Course

  • I attest that I am 18 or older.
  • I attest that I have a high school diploma or GED.
  • I am currently working/volunteering in a NYS OCFS Licensed/Registered Program.

Regarding Coursework

  • Complete and meet Learning Objectives in Orientation Module prior to the beginning of the semester
  • Complete the course within the semester dates outlined in the syllabus
  • Complete all learning activities (including Add videos) in each Skill Area module within the two-week deadline.
  • (I expect to) Spend 5-7 hours per week completing the required work which will include:
    • Discover – Reading and/or watching new content
    • Engage – Discussions: Post 1 response; reply to two classmates
    • Reflect – Complete 3 Portfolio entries
    • Apply – Complete the required resource file entries
    • Occasional quizzes, Creation of 1 short-term Professional Development Goal to immediately use learning, and other assignments
  • Keep copies of my own work
  • NOTE: Coursework will be good for two years.  If the student does not complete their endorsement in that timeframe they will need to retake the course.

Regarding the SAC Credential Process


I will take the responsibility to secure – and pay as necessary – my own SAC Credential Advisor – from the approved Advisor list.  If you have someone in mind to be your advisor, who is not on the advisor list, they should apply here.  Advisor qualifications can be found in Chapter 1 of the Manual.


  • On completion of my second semester, I understand that I must pay the $1000 fee prior to my endorsement recording/debrief.  This can be paid via check, credit card, or EIP voucher. This is non refundable.
  • To be assessed, my Policies/Procedures Form, plus $1000 and all other required materials must be received NO LATER THAN May 1 (for spring visit) and NOVEMBER 1 for a visit before the end of the year.
  • To earn and maintain my SAC Credential, I am required join the Network for Youth Success. I can find membership information at: http://networkforyouthsuccess.org/membership/

Regarding Training Hour Credit

Fall 2023 (updated 8.4.23)

  • Each assignment is labeled in Google classroom as a discussion, journal entry, resource file, goal, holistic, or submit.
  • Points are assigned for each assignment based on this rubric.
  • Each skill area is worth either 5 or 6 training hours. (This will be noted at the beginning of each skill area in Google Classroom)
  • Note: Assignments must be turned in on time to receive full training credit.
  • Training hours are awarded in the following OCFS Training Requirement areas: Child Development, Nutrition and Health, Program Development, Safety and security, ACEs,  Statutes and regulations pertaining to child day care
  • No training hour credit is awarded for the Orientation Module as it fits no OCFS Training Requirements.
  • A make-up week at the end of each semester term will be offered at the trainers discretion. Only up to THREE make-up learning activities will be accepted.
  • Students must earn at least 75% of the offered training hours in order to move on.
  • A student earning less than 28 of the 37.5 hours (Fall 2023), will be required to take the course over.
  • A student earning less than 24.75 of the 33 hours (Spring 2023), will be required to take the course over.
  • A student earning less than 21 of the 28 hours (Fall 2022), will be required to take the course over.

Regarding Payment and Finances

  • Course Tuition is $940 per semester, payable by check, credit card and/or EIP voucher to The Network for Youth Success NO LATER THAN THE COURSE START DATE.
  • Course Tuition (minus the deposit) may be transferred up to two weeks prior to the course start date. Refunds for tuition will not be granted.
  • A $200 non-refundable, non-transferable, deposit is due prior to the start date to hold your spot for each semester.
  • I am responsible to pay the entire tuition fee regardless of the amount of financial assistance I may receive from EIP.
  • I understand that I am responsible for reimbursement to EIP for any Skill Area in which I complete less than 100% of the required learning activities (within the designated timeframe).
  • Course transcripts will be provided – noting completed activities and training hour credit earned AFTER all outstanding fees have been paid.
  • Requests for duplicate transcripts can be made here.
  • A $25.00 fee will be charged for all returned payments.

Regarding Withdrawals

  • Withdrawals must be submitted to erin@networkforyouthsuccess.org on or BEFORE the drop date.
    The drop date is listed on the course schedule on the syllabus.
  • Withdrawals after this date will result in full tuition charges and EIP being notified.
  • A lapse of 15 consecutive days between course logins without submitting an assignment is considered a withdrawal. Refunds will not be given.

Regarding Shared Information

I understand that my instructor, advisor, and/or the Network for Youth Success may contact my program supervisor and/or EIP and/or my program’s licensor/registrar regarding my participation in this course.

Academic Integrity

Candidates are expected to be honest in every aspect of their academic work. All work presented as a candidate’s own, must be the product of his or her own efforts. Plagiarism or any other submission of another’s work as one’s own is unacceptable.


Any issues can be sent via email to Erin@NetworkForYouthSuccess.Org or Sara@NetworkForYouthSuccess.Org.