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The New York State Office of Children and Family Services is responsible for licensing and monitoring family child care programs in accordance with the NYS day care regulations.  

Day Care Centers:

  • Provide care for more than three hours for most children per day.
  • Provide care for more than six children.  Staff to child ratios, maximum group size, and total number of children of all ages are regulated by New York State regulations.  

    AGE OF CHILDREN

    STAFF to CHILD
    MAXIMUM RATIO

    GROUP SIZE

    under 6 weeks

    1:3

    6

    6 weeks
    to 18 months

    1:4

    8

    18 months
    to 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

  • For more information on a program's capacity, visit the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
  • Provide care in a commercial building.
  • Must renew their registration. The first day care license renewal is every 2 years, if remaining in compliance; renewal is then every 4 years. 

For more information on regulations, health and safety standards, and required background checks, visit the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

The New York State Office of Children is located at 295 Main Street, Room 545, Buffalo, New York 14203.  They can be reached at (716) 847-3828.