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Child Care Centers

Child Care Centers (CCC) are licensed by New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) through the Spring Valley Regional Office to care for children in a facility (non personal residence).

  • The number of children they are allowed is dependent on the size of the facility.
  • They are required to maintain at least the minimum staff to child ratio for each age group.
  • An indicator of quality child care would be to have a smaller adult to child ratio than required by the state.
  • Child Care Centers may be accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Age of Children Staff to Child ratio Maximum Group Size
Under 6 weeks 1:3 6
6 Weeks to 18 Months 1:4 8
18 Months to 36 Months 1:5 12
3 Years 1:7 18
4 Years 1:8 21
5 Years 1:9 24
Through 9 years 1:10 20
10-12 years 1:15 30