Do you love children? Do you wish you could stay home with your children, but your family depends on your income? Consider becoming a New York State certified child care provider, and begin a career so nice it hugs you!
Here is a step-by-step explanation of how to become a registered* or licensed* child care provider:
Step 1. Watch the Child Day Care Online Orientation webinar. This course from OCFS will help you to learn about NYS regulations, the application process, possible grant funding, and services the Child Care Council offers to you.
Step 2. You will receive a NYS Child Care application packet after you complete the online course. If you need help with this application, please contact the Child Care Council.
Step 3. Complete your application packet. Some things to remember:
Step 4. Submit completed application to licensed/registered representative/completed application is received by licensing representative. While waiting for your licensing representative to review your application packet:
Step 5. Licensing/registrar representative will visit the program site to ensure that it complies with NYS child care regulations, passes the site if it meets NYS regulations for childcare. Prospective provider becomes registered/licensed by NYS to provide childcare as outlined within NYS regulation. If your program/site does not meet regulations for child care, inadequacies will have to corrected.
Last updated May 31, 2022