There are several options to choose from when looking for child care. Below is a brief description of each. Click on the links to learn more about each type of program.
Child Care Centers care for children in group settings outside of the home. They often care for large numbers of children grouped by age and developmental needs.
Family Child Care Homes are broken down into three different types:
- Informal/Exempt, also known as Legal Two Child Care Providers, can care for 2 children in addition to their own children. They can only care for 2 children under the age of 2, including their own children.
- New York State Registered Family Child Care Providers can care for 6 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years, and may care for an additional 2 school-aged children. There must be one caregiver for every two children under the age of two, including the provider’s own children.
- New York State Group Licensed Family Child Care Providers must have at least one assistant. They can care for 12 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years, and may care for 4 additional school-aged children. There must be one caregiver for every two children under the age of two, including the provider’s own children
Child Care in Your Own Home is care that is provided in your home by a caregiver whom you hire -- usually a nanny or au pair. These caregivers can be found through agencies, advertising on your own or from networking with family and friends.
School Age Child Care is provided for children 5 years to 11 years of age. This type of care can be found in a public or private school setting, in recreation centers, child care centers or in family child care homes.
Preschools and Nursery Schools are not required to be licensed if the program is less than 3 hours per day. Preschools are a good option for parents who are looking for a social and learning environment for their child on a morning or afternoon schedule.
Summer Camps run in sessions. They may have full-day and part-day schedules. Camps are licensed by the State Department of Health. Some camps specialize in certain areas, such as the arts, sports, or science.
Family and Friends may be willing to care for your child. It is important to set up guidelines about schedules, pay, discipline and other issues.