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Child Care

Types of Child Care

mother and childThere are many different types of child care programs to choose from in New York City. Among other things, these programs vary in location, ages and number of children, and requirements for staff qualifications.

Informal Child Care (Non-Regulated)
  • Usually located in a home
  • For children of all ages
  • Less than three (3) children allowed, in addition to provider’s own children
  • Providers are not required to be regulated

Center-Based (Group) Child Care
  • Is not located in a home
  • For children from birth to six (6) years old
  • Three (3) or more children allowed
  • Must have an educational director
  • Teachers must have a degree in early childhood education or related studies, or the
    required minimum child care training.
  • Regulated by NYC Health Code Article 47

School-Based Child Care
  • Located in or associated with an established school
  • For children ages 3 through 5
  • Six (6) or more children allowed
  • Regulated by NYC Health Code Article 43

Family Day Care
  • Located in the home
  • For children ages six (6) weeks to 12 years old
  • Three (3) to eight (8) children allowed
  • Must have at least two (2) years experience caring
    for children under 6 years old, OR one (1) year experience plus six (6) hours of training in
    early childhood development.
  • Regulated by NYS Social Services Law Section 390 Part 417

Group-Family Day Care
  • Located in the home
  • For children ages six (6) weeks to 12 years old
  • Seven (7) to sixteen (16) children allowed
  • Must have at least two (2) years experience caring for children under 6 years old, OR one (1) year
    experience plus six (6) hours of training in early childhood development.
  • Must have an assistant present with the same qualifications stated above.
  • Regulated by NYS Social Services Law Section 390 Part 416

School-Age Child Care (After-School)
  • Located in a school or commercial facility
  • For children from Kindergarten through 12 years old
  • Seven (7) or more children allowed
  • Must have a director and staff with at least a high school diploma and two (2) years experience working with children under 13 years old.
  • Regulated by NYS Social Services Law Section 390 Part 414

Summer Camp
  • Operates anytime between June 1 and Sept. 15
  • Is not located in a home
  • Primarily for outdoor organized group activities
  • For children under 16 years of age
  • 10 (Ten) or more children allowed
  • Must have a camp director and for certain activities, must have a trip leader and aquatics director
  • Counselors must meet training and experience requirements
  • Regulated by NYC Health Code Article 48