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.
|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
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
Web site: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/dc/dc.html
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