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. Ratios of adult to children are as follows:
|Age of Children||Staff: Child Ratio||Group Size|
|Under 6 weeks||1:3||3|
|6 weeks to 18 months||1:4||8|
|18 months to 36 months||1:5||12|
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.
Financial Assistance Options
Child Care cost vary depending on the type of facility, age of child and geographic locations. Centers tend to charge more than Family and Group Family facilities; infants and toddler rates tend to be higher than preschool and school age rates. Genesee and Orleans child care rates tend to be in the range of $100 to $175 per week. The best way to find out the current rate is to ask the provider. Many families are not aware of the many financial aid options and child care discounts that are available. Some child care programs offer discounts and sliding fee scales, some even offer financial aid. Not all child care programs offer discounts; please contact the individual providers for this information.
Multi Child Discounts
Some programs offer fee discounts to parents with more than one child in their program. The discount will vary with each program, but generally programs offering a multi child discount will charge full rate for one child and a reduced rate for that child’s siblings.
TANF -Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is one of the United States of America’s federal assistance programs. It began on July 1, 1997, its purpose is providing cash assistance to indigent American families with dependent children through the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Click on the following link to receive more information: www.otda.state.ny.us
EITC- Earned Income Tax Credit
The Earned Income Tax Credit or the EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families. When EITC exceeds the amount of taxes owed, it results in a tax refund to those who claim and qualify for the credit. To qualify, taxpayers must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if they do not have a filing requirement. Click on the following link to receive more information: www.irs.gov
Child Care Subsidy
Parents in Genesee & Orleans County may take advantage of a subsidy program to help with the cost of child care. The program operates on a sliding fee scale with parents sharing in the cost. To be eligible, families must be working AND meet the income guidelines below. Contact the Orleans County Department of Social Service at 585-589-3125 or the Genesee County Department of Social Services at585-344-2580 ext. 6559 for more information.
|Family Size||Annual Gross Family Income Not to Exceed|
Child Care Complaint Policy
The State Office of Children and Family Services maintains a toll-free complaint line for complaints about day care programs. Call this number during normal working hours and a staff person will take the information. The Office is empowered to investigate any possible violation of child care regulations. If you think a person or program is operating without the proper license or registration certificate, this is also a basis for making a complaint. Your complaint will be investigated, and if it is substantiated, OCFS staff will work with the provider to correct any violations. If you wish to make a complaint, call: (800) 732-5207
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