Become A Provider
This PowerPoint will provide a brief overview of the process of opening a Family Day Care in your home.
This PowerPoint provides you with a brief overview of opening a SACC program.
This document provides a more in-depth explanation of which programs need to be licensed/registered, as well as answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Ready to take the first step in opening your program? Click here to be directed to the OCFS Child Day Care Orientation. You will select your modality of care at the conclusion of the orientation.
Every child in care who is not yet school aged needs a napping agreement, even if the child does not nap/rest.
Stay up-to-date with the most current letters from the Office of Children and Family Services.
Every child under 18 months of age needs a feeding agreement
Children attending day care and pre-K through 12th grade in New York State must receive all required doses of vaccines on the recommended schedule in order to attend or remain in school. This is true unless they have a valid medical exemption to immunization. A medical exemption is allowed when a child has a medical condition that prevents them from receiving a vaccine.
Resources and Information
Day Care Regulations
OCFS has updated Day Care Regulations for the following modalities: Day Care Centers, Group Family Day Care, Family Day Care, Small Day Care, and School Age Child Care
Each modality has its own set of regulations:
Child Day Care Definitions, Enforcement and Hearings —Part 413
School Age Child Care (SACC) — Part 414
Legally Exempt Child Care-Part 415
Group Family Day Care (GFDC)— Part 416
Child Day Care Centers-Part 418-1
Each FDC provider, assistant, and substitute must complete a minimum of 15 hours of training during their first 6 months of registration (or date of hire). A total of 30 hours must be completed every 2 years.
Each SACC director must complete a minimum of 15 hours of training during their first 6 months of registration. All SACC employees must complete a minimum of 15 hours of training within six months of hire, including an Office-approved training that complies with federal minimum health and safety requirements within three months of hire. A total of 30 hours must be completed every 2 years.
NEW DCC and SACC DIRECTORS
All new Directors of Day Care Centers or School-Age Child Care programs hired on or after October 1, 2017, will be required to complete an OCFS 15-hour health and safety classroom training either pre-service or within 3 months of their start date as Director. In addition, current Directors who have not completed the Foundations in Health and Safety eLearning by September 30, 2017, will also be required to complete the OCFS 15-hour health and safety classroom training. There is a cost associated with this training. The goal of this training is to provide DCC and SACC Directors with information on best practices that lead to high-quality child care.
For all modalities, training must also address all of the following 10 topic areas (SACC employees are exempt from Topic #9).
(1) Principles of Childhood Development
(2) Nutrition & Health Needs of Infants & Children
(3) Child Day Care Program Development
(4) Safety and Security Procedures
(5) Business Record Maintenance & Management
(6) Child Abuse & Maltreatment Identification & Prevention
(7) Statutes & Regulations Pertaining to Child Day Care
(8) Statutes & Regulations Pertaining to Child Abuse and Maltreatment
(9) Education & Information on the Identification, Diagnosis, and Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome
(10) Adverse Childhood Experiences, focused on understanding trauma and on nurturing resilience
Links for Child Care Professionals:
New York State Child Abuse Hotline
Mandated reporters are those people who have a job or are in a profession that makes them legally obligated to notify law enforcement or adult/child protective services about a known or suspected risk to children. Mandated reporters must report this information or face the loss of their jobs and professional licenses and/or even criminal and civil liability, i.e., child care providers (for a list of mandated reporters go to www.ocfs.state.ny.us)
A non-mandated reporter should report any suspected abuse but is not required by law to do this.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
25 Ways to Make Kids Safer
The Real Science of Immunizations
Online Nurse Practitioners Programs is a website that focuses on nursing careers and educational information. They have compiled 100 websites that will give you the truth on vaccinations.
Orange County NY DD Connection
A Central Point of Information
The community’s resource for news, information, activities, and events, pertaining to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, educators, providers, and the Orange County Community. Orange County Department of Mental Health’s Developmental Disability Division is responsible for planning, development, and coordination of services to support people of all ages with developmental disabilities and their families.
Family Child Care Association of New York State
The mission of the Family Child Care Association of NYS is to act as a united voice to promote and strengthen the professionalism of providers thereby promoting the quality of family child care.
New York Association for the Education of Young Children (NYAEYC)
NYAEYC is the state affiliate of the Nation Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NYSAEYC works locally to support the development of professionals and to promote quality early care and education for the well-being of all young children and their families.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC is the nation’s largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade. It exists for the purpose of leading and consolidating the efforts of individuals and groups working to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children and is dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
The focus of NAFCC is to provide technical assistance to family child care associations. This assistance is provided through developing leadership and professionalism, addressing issues of diversity, and promoting quality and professionalism through NAFCC’s Family Child Care Accreditation. NAFCC also administers an accreditation for family and group family child care programs.
Educational Incentive Program
The Educational Incentive Program (EIP) is a scholarship program designed to assist Child Care Providers to obtain the training and education they need to provide quality care to children. Child Care Providers must be caring for children in a facility regulated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services or the SUNY Training Strategies Group
5 a Day
A program developed as a partnership between the National Cancer Institute and the Produce for Better Health Foundation focuses on increasing both the awareness of the health benefits of fruits and vegetables and their consumption in the United States.
New York State Child Health Plus
New York State’s health insurance plan for uninsured children up to 18 years old regardless of income or minority status. Benefits include well-child care, immunizations, treatment of illness or injury, prescription drugs, dental care, and more.
NASA Websites for Kids
Perfect for children in school-age programs. The two major NASA websites for kids can serve as resources for after-school programs. NASA’s Space Place is an educational website about space and Earth sciences and technologies for elementary-aged children. NASA’s Climate Kids explains basic climate science with multimedia, games, humor, and crystal clear language for the same age group. Make it fun to explore!
After School Alliance - New York
Afterschool programs in New York keep kids safe, inspire learning, and give working parents peace of mind. Kids discover who they are and what they love to do, make smart choices, and avoid risky behaviors.
Contact us if you have any questions!
The Child Care Council of Orange County Registrar Department:
Registrar Supervisor - Margaret Spiezio
Registrar Specialist - Beverly Singer
Registrar Specialist - Lauren Goff