Types of Child Care

 

 

 

Did you know there is more than one option for child care? Every parent has their own preferences, and since all children and unique and have different needs and personalities, it’s important to be educated on the types of care that are available.

Learn more about the types of programs below so you can choose the one that is best suited for you and your child.

Family Child Care Homes

Family Child Care Homes are regulated by Child Care Resource Network. Family Child Care providers may care for up to six (6) children, depending on the ages of the children. They may also care for two (2) school-age children.

Group Family Child Care Homes

Group Family Child Care providers may care for up to 10 – 12 children, depending on the ages of the children. An assistant to the provider must be present. They may also care for two (2) school-age children. These providers are licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).

Child Care Centers

Child Care Centers are programs licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). Children are grouped by age. There are group size limits and adult-to-child ratios which must be maintained. 

School-Age Child Care

These programs are regulated by Child Care Resource Network. They provide care for children before and/or after school and during school holidays and vacations. There are group size limits and adult-to-child ratios which must be maintained. 

Legally-Exempt Care/Informal Care

Legally-Exempt or Informal Care providers care for up to two (2) children in a residence. This is unregulated care, not registered or licensed by Child Care Resource Network, or the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). Providers who care for children receiving a child care subsidy for the Department of Social Services must meet basic health and safety regulations and are enrolled by Child Care Resource Network. 

Private Child Care in Your Home

Private child care includes nannies, au pairs, and babysitters who come into your home to care for your child. This type of care is not regulated in any way.