Daycare License Requirements for New York

    Worker requirements

    Must have an AA in early childhood education, child development, or another child-related area; or CDA credential and 2 years experience related to caring for children; or high school diploma or equivalent and 3 years experience. Additionally, if caring for a group of children under the age of 3 years, must have 1 year experience and/or training specifically in Infant and Toddler care.

    Provider / Child Ratio

    Age Range Ratio For Center-based Care
    6 wks. – 1½ year(1:4)
    1½ year – 3 years(1:4) or (1:5)
    3 years(1:6) or (1:7)
    4 years(1:7) or (1:8)
    5 years(1:8) or (1:9)
    6 – 10 years(1:10)
    10 – 12 years(1:15)

     

    Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
    6 wks. – 12 years(1:6)For Family Child Care:[no more than 2 children under the age of 2 years; no more than 5 children if any child present is under age 2; up to two additional school age children may be cared for with Department approval following an on-site visit]For Group Family Child Care:[no more than 4 children under the age of 2 years; no more than 6 children under the age of 3 years; no more than 10 children if any child present is under age 2; up to two additional school-age children may be cared for with Department approval following an on-site visit]

     

    New York State Department of Family Assistance
    Office of Children and Family Services
    Bureau of Early Childhood Services
    52 Washington Street, Room 338, North Building
    Rensselaer, NY 12144
    Phone: 518-474-9454
    Fax: 518-474-9617
    Web site: http://www.dfa.state.ny.us

     

    For callers from the 5 boroughs of New York City: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island

    New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Bureau of Day Care
    2 Lafayette Street, 22nd Floor
    New York, NY 10007
    Phone: 212-676-2444
    Fax: 212-676-2424
    Web site: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/dc/dc.html

     

    Regulation family day care home

    http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/becs/regs/416_GFDC_regs.asp

    Regulation day care centers

    http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/becs/regs/418-1_CDCC_regs.asp

    New York Child Care Associations:

    Family Child Care Association of New York State – FCCANYS

    Jewish Child Care Association – JCCA

    New York State Association for the Education of Young Children – NYSAEYC

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