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Choosing good child care is an important decision. Safe and positive child care sets the stage for healthy growth and development. It takes time, patience, and an understanding of what to look for when selecting child care.

Learn about different child care options and visit programs before making a decision. Call and make an appointment. Look around the child care setting carefully. Watch how the children and adults interact with one another. Ask questions. Listen. Talk to parents who use the program.

Once you have selected a child care program and your child is in care, keep asking questions. Always check to make sure the program still meets the needs of your family. It’s a lot of work, but your child is worth it.



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Pub. 4628: Kieran’s Law
A brochure on the responsibilities and services available to you as an employer of an in-home caregiver.


For a copy of the New York State child care regulations and/or more information on selecting child care, contact your local child care resource and referral agency, visit the New York State Office of Children and Family Services website at, or call the New York Parents’ Connection at: 1-800-345-KIDS (5437).

Call the Child Care Complaint Line at 1-800-732-5207 with concerns about a program.

To report child abuse and neglect call 1-800-342-3720.