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Governor Cuomo issues Executive Proclamation in honor of Provider Appreciation Day, May 12, 2017. Read and download the full proclamation HERE.

Emergency regulations released by OCFS that all child care providers need to be aware of. These apply to all Family and Group Family Child Care Providers, Day Care Centers, School-Age Programs, and Legally Exempt Providers.

Please read the following carefully:

Dear Child Care Provider,


As of March 20, 2017, new emergency regulations have been released by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). Because this information is so important, we want you to be fully aware of what is new and changing with current regulations. Here are important points you need to be aware of:


  • Health and Safety Training requirement compliance required by September 30, 2017.

o    New training requirements of the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) must be completed in all required health and safety topics (see OCFS chart in “Dear Provider” letter).

  • Child day care programs are now able to purchase an epinephrine auto injector (Epi Pen) without a child-specific prescription. In order to administer the auto injector, providers need specific additional training.
  • Social Services Law requires that all persons, including minors under the age of 18, who are employed by or volunteering at child care programs and have the potential for regular and substantial contact with children to be fingerprinted and checked against the Child Abuse and Maltreatment Register and the Justice Center Staff Exclusion List.
  • A new breastfeeding bill has been put into effect; there are many aspects (see OCFS attachment), especially: all mothers have the right to breastfeed their babies in any location, public or private, where she is otherwise authorized to be.
  • Kidde recalls combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm.

The following regulations have been in effect since June 1, 2015:

  • Day care center (DCC) and school age child care (SACC) programs must notify the office when the director resigns or is terminated. A new director must be approved and on site within 90 calendar days.


Please see the official document released by OCFS, “Dear Provider Letter March 20, 2017” for more details and specifics on these new regulations, as well as training options. Child Care Resource Network is available for assistance understanding these new regulations, as well as finding the best option for you to fulfill these training requirements. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Amanda Kelkenberg, CEO

Child Care Resource Network

Download the "Dear Providers" letter HERE or visit the OCFS website:


There are many types of child care providers, from in-home care to child care centers. 

Family Child Care  

A residence in which child day care is provided on a regular basis for more than 3 hours per day per child for up to 6 children, with an additional 2 children who are of school-age. No more than 2 children under the age of 2 may be cared for at any one time, with the maximum capacity of children in care being 8.

Group Family Child Care

A residence in which child day care is provided on a regular basis for more than 3 hours per day per child for up to 12 children of all ages, with up to 4 additional school-age children, who may be in care for a maximum capacity of 16 children.  Such home must be operated by a provider and have at least 1 assistant present during the hours that care is provided. There must be 1 caregiver for every 2 children under the age of 2 years.

Day Care Center

A program or facility which is not a residence in which child day care is provided on a regular basis to more than six children for more than three hours per day. A day care center may provide care for children six weeks through 12 years of age.  Staff to child ratios, group size, and maximum capacity are determined by New York State regulations.

 6 weeks - 18 months 1:4 8
18 - 36 months 1:5 12
3 years 1:7 18
4 years 1:8 21
5 years 1:9 24
 6 - 9 years 1:10 20
 10 - 12 years 1:15 30

School Age Child Care

A program or facility which is not a residence in which child day care is provided to an enrolled group of seven or more children under 13 years of age during the school year before and/or after the period such children are ordinarily in school or during school lunch periods. School-age child care programs also may provide care during school holidays and those periods of the year in which school is not in session, including summer vacation. Such programs must operate consistent with the local school calendar.  Staff to child ratios are the same as Day Care Centers for school age children.