Child Care in the Mohawk Valley

A goal of the Child Care Council of Cornell Cooperative Extension is to educate the public on the issues within the community in regards to early childhood education. Some of the issues include:

  • Supply and demand of child care
  • Use of illegal care (defined as caring for greater than two unrelated children for more than three hours)
  • Affordability of care
  • Accessibility of care
  • Availability of slots
  • Importance of early childhood years
  • Community planning
  • Impact of child care on the workforce

Interested in helping us?

The Child Care Council is in need of community members to create awareness of the issues in child care! Here are a few things that you can do:

  • Refer People to the Child Care Council - The Child Care Council offers a multitude of free services to parents and families in Herkimer, Madison and Oneida counties. We can also help people start up their own child care as well as work with businesses and community members to improve early education in our area. If you know someone who could benefit from our services, let us know! Call Toll Free: 888-814-KIDS.
  • Share our posts on Facebook - The CCE Oneida Facebook Page is home to the Child Care Council's weekly posts about the state of early education and ways it can be improved. The more people who see our posts, the more people we can help!
  • Hang a Window Cling - The Child Care Council has Window Clings that can be leant to businesses or organizations for free. These clings say "Of all the things you spend on your children, your time is the most important. -The Child Care Council of Cornell Cooperative Extension". Please contact Richelle Singer at or 223-7850 x 223 if you have any questions or if you would like to hang one at your office.
  • Invite us to your office for a Lunch and Learn - The Child Care Council provides free on-site information and referral workshops that can be offered to any business in the area. If you or your coworkers would benefit from a session such as this, call Ellen Olson at 223-7850 x 235.
  • Advocate - Our voices only do so much! If you are passionate that early childhood education is utmost of importance, let your elected officials know! Visit the Advocacy section of our website to get started.

graphic of child care trends

(data above collected in March of 2015)

Last updated July 26, 2019