Office of Children and Family Services

Division of Child Care Services

Provider Administration of Medication Resource Information

Most children in the United States younger than age 6 spend significant time in child care settings outside the home. Keeping children safe and healthy is the goal of the parent and the child's caretaker. Despite the best care practices, it is inevitable that children will get sick. Parents and providers must work together to prepare for illnesses ahead of time. Are you, as a provider of day care, authorized to administer medications, if needed? Does your health care plan meet the needs of the children in your care? The answers to these questions are important.

If you are a licensed or registered day care provider or a legally exempt child care provider, who provides state subsidized child care, and you choose to administer medication to children in your care you must be in compliance with the applicable child day care regulations.

Health Care Consultant Online Resource Guide

Consultant Guide This is a new online resource to help Health Care Consultants support child care providers. Health Care Consultants can learn about their roles and responsibilities, New York State regulations, how to manage a Health Care Plan effectively, special health issues for children in child care, the statewide system of regulated child care programs and more resources that will help Consultants do their job effectively.

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Important Numbers

  • Child Care, Foster Care and Adoption:
    1-800-345-KIDS (5437)
  • Child Care Complaint Line:
    311 NYC