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Child Care Information and Options
Listed below are brief descriptions of common types of child care programs in New York State. Each program is regulated by the state Office of Children and Family Services.
Day Care Centers – provide care for more than six children at a time, not in a personal residence. The maximum allowable number of children will depend on number of adults in each classroom and square footage.
Small Day Care Centers – provide care for up to six children, not in a personal residence.
Family Day Care Homes – provide care for three to eight children at a time in a residence; may add one or two school-age children. The maximum allowable number of children will depend on whether there are and how many infants are in care.
Group Family Day Care Homes – provide care for seven to fourteen children at a time in a residence; may add one or two school-age children. The maximum allowable number of children will depend on whether there are and how many infants are in care. A provider must use an assistant when more that six children are present.
School-Age Child Care Programs – provide care for more than six children from kindergarten through age twelve. Care for children during non-school hours; also may provide care during school vacation periods and holidays
Interested in becoming a Child Care Provider?
Do you think you want to become a licensed or registered child care provider? Then follow these steps:
Step One: Visit OCFS
We will contact the Buffalo Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) for a Child Care application. You will receive information about CCR&R services & a copy of the child care regulations, as well as the following:
- Our newsletter, The Child Care Chronicle
- Training resources
- Other pertinent information to help you in the process of becoming a licensed or registered provider.
Shortly after, you will receive your child care application that is generated in Albany, New York.
Step Two: Fill out your application
- Please contact CCR&R with any questions on completing the application
- CCR&R contracts with a health care consultant who can help you fill out the health care plan section of the application;
- A trainer who can help fill out the educations and program information and a specialist for any other issues you may have.
Step Three: Call CCR&R for training and grants:
Once you submit your application to the OCFS, please do the following:
- If you plan on becoming a family or group family child care, you are required to sign up for the 15 hour health & safety class. CCR&R will perform this training for you and assist you in obtaining a rebate from the Professional Development Program to pay for this class.
- CCR&R can also provide you with information about receiving a Start-Up Grant from Community Action. This grant can help you purchase items needed for your program or items required by your licensor.
Once you are licensed you will continue to receive services from CCR&R:
- Trainings- all our trainings are appropriate to your needs – CEUs are attached to each training
- Assistance whenever you need help.
If you need any further assistance with stating a child care business, please contact CCR&R or you may contact Child Care Aware of America. Child Care Aware of America is a complete resource for new and existing providers.
Child and Adult Care Food Program – CACFP is a nutrition education and meal reimbursement program helping providers serve nutritious and safely prepared meals and snacks to children and adults in child care settings.
Assistance for Child Care: Improving Quality
The quality of care a young child receives has been shown to greatly impact his or her quality of life. This includes the child’s ability to develop and succeed. Research studies show that quality child care has experienced providers low staff turnover and highly trained staff.
All Child Care Providers may call or visit both of our offices. Information about state
regulations, guidance with program and curriculum and help with solving any issue or concern is part of what CCR&R can do for you. These services help to improve the quality of the child care and increase the well-being of the children. Some of the services are:
1) On-site Assessments and Quality Assurance ITA Projects
CCR&R offers on-site assessments and technical assistance in requested areas. These projects strive to improve the quality of child care. Services, which are customized for each child care program, may include:
Steps in Projects
- Identification of areas of strength and areas needing improvement following an on-site assessment with a trained facilitator
- Assistance in redesigning classroom environments
- The development of Professional Development Plans for staff
- Support for teachers of in developing effective school readiness classrooms
Topics for Projects
- Behavior Issues
- Quality Improvement
- Assessment of Children
- Age Appropriate Activities
- And anything else you may need
2) Telephone Consultations with Child Care Programs
Information and materials will be offered upon request through phone call or email consultations. The use of our resource libraries, mailings and any other assistance can
be accessed by any communication method.
3) Pursuing Accreditation
Accredited programs invest in early childhood education because they believe in the benefits of quality programs to children and families.
- Early childhood experiences—from birth to age 8—have an enormous impact on children’s lifelong learning and positively contribute to their health and development.
- Early childhood education programs with the mark of quality benefit children with greater readiness for and success in school.
- Accreditation simply validates that your program is high quality and that you have voluntarily selected to provide childcare that is over and above licensing standards.
- Centers are currently accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): http://www.naeyc.org/.
- School-age programs are accredited by the National Afterschool Association (NAA): http://www.naaweb.org/ and the Council on Accreditation (COA): http://www.coastandards.org/.
- Family child care providers are encouraged and supported in their effort to seek accreditation from an organization such as the National Association for Family Child Care: http://www.nafcc.org/
If you wish to begin the process, contact CCR&R and we will help you begin the process!
4) Receiving Grants
Grants are money given to you that can help improve your facility and equipment. Some grant have restrictions on what you can buy and when.
- As quality becomes more and more of a HOT topic in child care, CCR&R is here to help support your programs to increase the quality you provide to the community. Quality care can be defined as high quality early learning experiences, which helps children do their best. It can also be described as an event, activity, environment, or relationship that have a positive impact on a young child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. CCR&R has been offering Quality Assurance ITA Project Incentive (QA ITA) projects. These projects are designed to enhance your existing quality programs. CCR&R will come and work with you and your program and focus on one topic area you would like to increase the quality. This process will be done over a few weeks with a financial benefit for the program in the end.
- Start-Up Grants- are $200 grants which can purchase what you need to begin your child care business.
- These grants may be used to purchase program materials and supplies, health and safety items, pay for professional development, CPR and First Aid, or cover operating expenses such as a new computer to manage time and attendance.
- Please Click on: http://www.voicecsea.org/grant/ to apply for the grant
5) Earning Your CDA
- You can earn you Child Development Associate by contacting the Council for Professional Recognition: www.cdacouncil.org/
- They will help you through the steps of earning this degree and improving the
quality of your program
- Need an Advisor? – Call CCR&R and we can help find an advisor who can help you
finish this process
Child Care Trainings
All regulated child care providers are mandated to 30 hours of training every 2 years. A child care provider must have at least one hour of training in each of these topics:
- Principles of Early Childhood Development
- Nutrition & Health Needs of Infants & Children
- Child Day Care Program Development
- Safety & Security Procedures
- Business Record Maintenance & Management
- Child Abuse & Maltreatment Identification & Prevention
- Statues & Regulations Pertaining to Child Day Care
- Statues & Regulations Pertaining to Child Abuse & Maltreatment
- Identification & Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome
Contact CCR&R for information about our trainings or click on the link for The Child Care Chronicle, the CCR&R newsletter. For information on the National Accreditation process for Child Care click on the National of Child Care Professionals link below. For Information on obtaining the Child Development Associate click on Council for Professional Recognition For information on the Early Care & Learning Council, the agency that oversees CCR&Rs in the state, click on the link.
If you are unable to attend CCR&R trainings and/or in need of online trainings, please click one of links below. These trainings are approved by the Office of Family and Children Services:
http://cdaclass.org/ This website will help child care providers
earn their Child Development Associate.
http://www.earlychildhood.org/ The Training Resource Database is a listing
of a variety of statewide organizations that provide training that is relevant
to people working in early childhood and school-age care programs.
http://www.naeyc.org/ecp/online NAEYC’s interactive online learning programs
allow you to deepen your skills and knowledge anytime, anywhere!
http://winningbeginningny.org/ Winning Beginning NY is a statewide coalition
working to inform policy makers and the public about the many benefits of early
care and learning including home visiting, child care and Pre-K.
In order to best meet the needs of the child care provider, please let us know what trainings you need. If you have a training topic you would like us to address, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child Care Chronicle Infant Toddler Resource Child Care Regulations Early Care & Learning Council National Association of Child Care Providers Quality Stars Child Care Aware of America Council for Professional Recognition
Office of Children & Family Services
The Office of Children & Family Services is the regional office oversee all licensed and registered providers in Genesee and Orleans Counties.
Please contact the New York State Office of Children & Family Services to receive information about grants, regulations or licensing issues. In addition, you may contact NYS OCFS if you wish to expand your existing program or you need help with health & safety concerns, grants, regulations or licensing issues. In addition, you may contact NYS OCFS if you wish to expand your existing program or you need help with health & safety concerns.
NYS Office of Children & Family Services
Buffalo Regional Office 295 Main Street Room 545
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 847-3828
Fax: (716) 847-3688
New Provider Business Profile form
Have you created your profile with Child Care Resource & Referral’s as a registered provider yet? Complete and return the Provider Business Profile form so you can be included in the CCR&R database. The information you provide us will be used to match parents’ needs to your child care program through our referral service. The more accurate your information is, the more accurately we can match parents’ needs to the services you provide. Parents from all over the county access our service when looking for child care. CCR&R is also great way to market your program without paying for advertising cost! The information you provide us is important not only to your program but also to the community.
To have the enrollment form mailed to you, call 585-589-5088 in Orleans County or 585-343-7727 in Genesee County. Once completed, you can return the form to:
Child Care Resource & Referral
113 East State Street
PO BOX 22
Albion, NY 14411
Child Care Resource & Referral
5073 Clinton Street Road
Batavia, NY 14020
Existing Provider Business Profile Form
If you’re a provider who has an existing profile with CCR&R, we want to ensure that our records are correct. Please complete and return the Provider Business Profile form so we may continue to referrer families to your program. It is imperative you provide us with current information as this will lead to matching parents’ needs to your child care program through our referral service. The more accurate your information is, the more accurately we can match parents’ needs to the services you provide. Parents from all over the county access our service when looking for child care. CCR&R is also great way to market your program without paying for advertising cost! The information you provide us is important not only to your program but also to the community.
To have this form mailed, call 585-589-5088 in Orleans County or 585-343-7727 in Genesee County. You may return it via fax, or email to the information listed above.