Overview of the Process and Basic Requirements of Becoming a Provider
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.
• 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 you 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
To learn more about the process to become a childcare provider visit https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/becomeaprovider.asp
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.
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.
Please call us after completing the online orientation to register for the Health and Safety and the CPR and First Aid training.
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE
(NYCDOH Bureau of Child Care)
Bureau of Child Care
22 Cortlandt Street, 28th Floor
New York, New York 10007
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
NEW YORK CITY REGIONAL OFFICE
NYS Office of Children and Family Services
New York City Regional Office
80 Maiden Lane, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10038
Provides general oversight to NYCDOH/MH for registration of Family Day Care,
Group Family Day Care, and School Age Child Care