We assist child care providers to create and enhance home-based child care programs. Our child care resources, technical assistance, and professional development opportunities are wide ranging to meet the needs of potential, newly licensed or registered and existing child care providers. We assist child care providers to advance in their careers, expand their businesses, and continue to improve the quality of care available to children in New York City. In addition, we have specific resources for child care providers who specialize in meeting the needs of infants and toddlers, bilingual speakers, children with special needs, and families in need of non-traditional child care hours.
We offer professional development opportunities and workshops to child care providers, center directors, and the child care community on state mandated child care topics as well as on current child development issues. We also partner and collaborate with other organizations to expand the range and diversity of our workshop topics.
Health Care Consultancy Services
Despite the best care practices, it is inevitable that children will get sick in child care programs. Providers must prepare for illnesses ahead of time in order to provide the best possible care to a child in need. Our Health Care Consultancy Services assist providers to meet the health care needs of children in care and to comply with the OCFS regulations in order for their programs to be authorized to administer medication.
We provide grants up to $500 to child care providers to help them promote health and safety in their child care program and enhance the quality of care they provide. New and existing providers with a current registration or license as well as Legally Exempt caregivers may apply. Grants are issued based on eligibility criteria on a first come first serve basis, while supplies last.
Technical Assistance on Three Levels
Basic, intensive, and enhanced technical assistance are available for child care providers, centers, school-age program staff, and anyone interested in opening a child care program. We offer information about opening and maintaining a state compliant child care program, ways to ensure a quality child care environment, and professional career advancement opportunities.
Scholarships are available through the Educational Incentive Program (EIP) to help qualified child care workers pay for the cost of training. To apply for a scholarship or for more information about the EIP visit: http://www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu/eip.shtm