Office of Children and Family Services

Division of Child Care Services

Info for Providers

Welcome child care providers! The Division of Child Care Services maintains this page as a key resource list for child care providers. We are confident that the information and the links provided on this page will be helpful and informative. Orientation materials for prospective child care providers can be found on the Child Day Care Orientation page.

Important information on mandated background checks for the child care provider community

  • Prior to September 25, 2019, all licensed, registered, permitted or legally exempt childcare programs were required to comply with certain background check provisions. Those persons who have completed the existing background check requirements prior to September 25, 2019 are still in compliance as of September 25, 2019. As such, those persons may continue to work, volunteer, or reside in a child care program on September 25, 2019. A schedule for their "re-check" - an updated background check process under the new rules – will be distributed by OCFS.
  • All staff, volunteers, and adult household members who are new (prospective) on or after September 25, 2019, must comply with the new background check process required under the law. This is true for the licensed and registered community (please use this link for the licensed/registered regulations: https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/assets/Licensed-Registered-Regulations.docx) as well as for the legally exempt community (please use this link for the legally exempt regulations: https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/assets/Legally-Exempt-Regulations.docx).
  • In brief, the new rules require:
    • All new (prospective) individuals at licensed, registered, and legally-exempt programs must complete the background check process prior to beginning at the program.
    • Existing licensed/registered programs will receive a schedule for updating their background checks in conformance with the new law. Generally, the schedule requires a person to schedule an appointment for criminal history fingerprinting within 1 week of their birthday.
    • Existing legally-exempt informal programs will receive a schedule for updating their background checks in conformance with the new law. Generally, the schedule requires a person to schedule an appointment for criminal history fingerprinting with their re-enrollment packet. This should happen within 60 days of the end of their enrollment period.
    • Existing legally-exempt group programs will receive a schedule for updating their background checks in conformance with the new law. Generally, the schedule requires a director to schedule an appointment for criminal history fingerprinting as part of the re-enrollment packet; staff and volunteers will schedule an appointment within 1 week of their birthday.
  • OCFS is stressing to regulatory staff the importance of providing technical assistance to child care programs and supporting their efforts to come into compliance with these new requirements.

Amended Child Care Regulations To Take Effect September 25, 2019

The amendments affect 403, 404, 405, 406, 413, 414, 415, 416, and 417 and Subparts 418-1 and 418-2 of Title 18 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (NYCRR) are hereby amended to read as follows: See Licensed Registered Regulations and Legally Exempt Regulations.

This packet contains the forms affected by these amendments.

OCFS Offering Free Graco Cribs to Three Types of Day Care Providers

OCFS is providing family-based child care providers a Graco Pack ‘n Play crib – free. All legally-exempt, family day care, and group family day care homes are eligible to request one Pack ‘n Play and one fitted sheet. Find out more about how to make a request, and see the OCFS hold harmless agreement.

General Info

Provider Training

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  • Healthy Beverages in Childcare - returning soon
  • Infant Meal Pattern - returning soon
  • Child Meal Pattern - returning soon

Program Development

Nutrition

Subsidy Program

Health and Safety

Emergency Planning

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