A person planning to serve three (3) or more children for more than three (3) hours a day on a regular basis must obtain a registration certificate or license. To obtain this certificate or license, the applicant must show that the child care program meets requirements that the state has established to help ensure the health and safety of children in care.
Advantages of Becoming a Child Care Provider Work in your own home Set your own fees, hours, and choose your own clients Reimbursement for meals/ snacks served to children through the NYS dept. Of health CACFP Free referral service Pre-licensing information:
- ONLINE ORIENTATION
A potential provider must take an online orientation and choose the appropriate application for the type of care s/he wants to do. Go to: http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/techreq.asp; Child Care Council of Orange County, Inc. can provide assistance as needed.
- HEALTH AND SAFETY COMPETENCY TRAINING
If you have applied to become either a family or group family child care provider, you must pass a required 15 hour Health and Safety Course. The fee for this course is $275 and is held at the Council.
- CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR) and FIRST AID
All prospective providers must pass Infant, Child, Adult CPR and First Aid. The fee for this class is $85 and is held at the Child Care Council of Orange County Inc.
The Council may have funds available for certain items if you are applying for an initial group/family license/registration.
- REFERRAL SERVICE
Parents contact our service to receive free referrals to child care centers, family and group family providers and other care options. Once you are registered/licensed, you will be placed on our referral service free of charge.
- CHILD AND ADULT FOOD PROGRAM (CACFP)
Participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) allows you to receive reimbursement for meals and/or snacks served to the children in your care. Contact the Council for more information.
- PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCEThe Council provides:
- Triannual training calendar which includes workshops, events, and support groups
- Highlights newsletter – review of the Council’s events, recipes, curriculum ideas and more
- On-site technical assistance either by phone or to set up a visit to their program
Q & A:
Q- What is the difference between Family Child Care and Group Family Child Care?
A- Family Child Care and Group Family Child Care are provided in a residence.
Family Child Care (FCC) Providers are reviewed by the Child Care Council of Orange County. The FCC Provider is registered and can take up to eight children.
Group Family Child Care (GFCC) Providers are reviewed and licensed by the Spring Valley Regional Office. They may take up to 12 – 16 children. An assistant is required.
Q – How do I become a child care provider in the home?
A – Are you a warm and caring person who is at least 18 years of age or older?
Do you have at least two years’ experience working with children (family or otherwise)?
Do you live in the residence where you can provide care and does it have two exits? Will you agree to care for children regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin or handicapping condition? If the criteria listed above applies to you, please complete an online application at http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/techreq.asp.
Q- Do my own children count in my capacity?
A- You can care for two children besides your own children and do not have to be registered.
Once licensed/registered, the provider’s own child must be five years old and enrolled in kindergarten or above in order for them to no longer count in the provider’s day care capacity.
Q- Do i need a certain amount of space in my day care area?
A- NYS regulations do not specify a specific amount of space to be a fDC or GFDC provider. The residence must have 2 exits. There should be enough space for children to crawl, jump, walk, play, comfortably. School age programs) and child care centers have a requirement of thirty-five square feet per child indoors.
Q- Is there a cost to becoming a provider?
A- There is no cost to receive a registration or license. However, the prospective provider must meet the requirements of the regulations to become registered or licensed. Prospective providers must pass a health and safety competency course and be adult/child/infant CPR/FA certified.
Both courses are offered at the child care council in Goshen, call the council at (845) 294-4012 for the fees, dates and times for the classes.
Q- How long is the registration/license good for?
A- An initial registration/license is good for two years, then after the providers first renewal it good for four years. About six months before the registration/license expires, you’re mailed a renewal application. To maintain your registration/license you must take required trainings within the registration/license four year period. Certificates are given at all trainings, the provider is responsible for submitting them to their registrar/licensor with their renewal application.
Q-Is there financial help to become an in-home provider?
A-The council may have startup monies available as well. Contact (845) 294-4012 for more information
Get your own copy of the new regulations.
Go to: http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/legal/regulatory/final/
Or call the OCFS forms warehouse phone number at: (518) 473-0971
day care centers (DCC)—418-1.14
school age child care (SACC) —414.14
group family child care (GFDC)—416.14
family child care (FDC)—417.14
Legally exempt child care (le)—415.)
Contact us at our office Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm, (845)294-4012.
Q-What is Legally-exempt family child care?
A- 1. child care for one or two children provided outside the child’s own home in a residence by a caregiver who is at least 18 years of age, or who is less than 18 years of age and meets the requirements for the employment of minors as set forth in article 4 of the New York State Labor Law, and who is chosen and whose services are monitored by the child’s caretaker; or
2. child care for more than two children provided outside the child’s own home in a residence by a caregiver who is at least 18 years of age, or who is less than 18 years of age and meets the requirements for the employment of minors as set forth in article 4 of the New York State Labor Law, who provides such care for less than three hours per day and who is chosen and whose services are monitored by the child’s caretaker; or
3. child care provided by a relative within the third degree of consanguinity of the parent(s) or step-parent(s) of the child or children except where such relative is a person legally responsible for, or the caretaker relative of, such child or children. Relatives within the third degree of consanguinity of the parent(s) or step-parent(s) of the child include: the grandparents of the child; the great-grandparents of the child; the great-great-grandparents of the child; the aunts and uncles of the child, including the spouses of the aunts and uncles; the great-aunts and great-uncles of the child, including the spouses of the great-aunts and great-uncles; the siblings of the child; and the first cousins of the child, including the spouses of the first cousins.