Becoming a Provider

Overview of the Process and Basic Requirements of Becoming a Provider

There is a shortage of quality, affordable child care in NYC. With a workforce of over 50% working families with children under the age of 5 years, the need for child care and early childhood education has become a fact of life. Also, the demand for non-traditional
child care hours and culturally diverse child care professionals has increased.

Opening your own child care program is an excellent investment for both you and your community. You benefit by establishing a successful childcare business, and the families in your community benefit from the services of a high quality child care program.

Application Process & Requirements:

• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Live in a home or an apartment that is safe for children
• Have 2 exits in the home
• Be of good character and in good physical and mental health
• Have no child abuse complaints against you or anyone that live with your or intends to work with your program
• Demonstrate basic competency in health and safety procedures
• Have some experience working with children or some education in early childhood development

Getting the application
To get a family or group family child care application, you can call us at 718-3986738 and request an initial family or group family child care application booklet. We will input your information into the State Computer. An application booklet will be mailed to you with an identification number that will be used to track all of the information you submit or you can call the NYC Department of Health, Office of Family Day Care Registration at 212-280-9253.

Department of Health Site Inspection
A representative from the Department of health will schedule a home inspection visit with you after receiving your completed family or group family child care application booklet.

You and all the members of your household who are 18 years of age or older, and all the adults associated with the family or group family home must be fingerprinted. For information on where to get fingerprinted, please visit or call for an
appointment at: 877-472-6915. Download the fingerprinting form and take with you to your appointment.

15-Hour Health and Safety Training
The health and safety training is a competency based training that all prospective providers are required to successfully complete before they can be issued a registration or license.

CPR and First Aid
A person certified to perform CPR and First Aid must be at the family or group family child care program at all times. This can be the onsite provider, assistant, household member or staff nurse.

To get an application to start a child care program or for information about the process, call  CDSC at 718-398-6738 and ask to speak to one of our technical assistance specialists or contact the NYCDOH Bureau of Child Care or visit their website  Division of Child Care Services

(NYCDOH Bureau of Child Care)

Bureau of Child Care
22 Cortlandt Street, 28th Floor
New York, New York 10007
(212) 313-5120

Serving the boroughs of New York for registration of Family Day Care,
Group Family Day Care and School Age Child Care

Brooklyn/Staten Island Borough Office Manager,
DOHMH Bureau of Child Care - (718) 222-6390

Bronx Borough Office Manager,
DOHMH Bureau of Child Care - (718) 410-3903

Manhattan Borough Office Manager,
DOHMH Bureau of Child Care - (212) 313-5105 or (212) 313-5284

Queens Borough Office Manager,
DOHMH Bureau of Child Care - (718) 393-6257


NYS Office of Children and Family Services
New York City Regional Office
80 Maiden Lane, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10038
(212) 383-1415

Provides general oversight to NYCDOH/MH for registration of Family Day Care,
Group Family Day Care, and School Age Child Care


Business Managment Resources 

Click here for Basic Licensing Information


This workshop gives participants a clear understanding of the process involved in becoming a licensed child care provider and an overview of the current NYS Child Care regulations.

$40 | Non-Refundable Registration Fee: $15 Balance: $25  Credit: 3 hours
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Who Should Attend: Prospective Child Care Providers
Prerequisite: None

Date and Time

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
October 5, November 9, December 7


Updated 7/2013