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.

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Important Numbers

  • Child Care, Foster Care and Adoption:
    1-800-345-KIDS (5437)
  • Child Care Complaint Line:
    1-800-732-5207
    311 NYC