Office of Children and Family Services

Division of Child Care Services

Become a Provider

The Office of Children and Family Services provides support for people and organizations that are interested in starting child day care programs in their communities. As a general rule, any child day care program planning to serve three or more children for more than three hours a day on a regular basis must obtain a license or registration. To obtain this document, the applicant must show that the child day care program meets requirements that the state has established to help promote the health and safety of children in care.

In order to obtain an application to apply for a child care program license or registration you will first need to take the Child Day Care Orientation. This orientation will walk you through the information you need to know to determine if you are interested and able to start a child care program in New York State. It outlines the necessary requirements for opening a child care program, highlighting the child care regulations, space requirements, information about proper ratios and staffing and resources for support. This orientation will also introduce you to the important rules and regulations you need to know in order to run your business. And you’ll find out some information about how to best care for children in your program. Visit the Child Day Care Orientation to find out more.

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