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Parents

We provide a variety of free information and services, regardless of income. Our trained parent counselors are available to help you with your parenting questions and concerns. Some of the issues we can help you with include:

  • Locate child care providers in your area that meet your family's specific needs
  • Information about quality care for children
  • Child care checklists to take with you when you visit child care programs
  • Determine if your family is eligible for child care assistance
  • Information about how to locate and hire nannies and au pairs 

If you need child care, call 631-462-0303 and ask to speak to a parent counselor. Together you will explore your options and learn what to look for when visiting each program. You also have the option of filling out a request form, or doing a search on your own.

Child Care Options
Choosing a child care program is one of the most important decisions you'll make as a parent. Your final choice will depend on many factors, and you will want to consider them carefully in order to best meet the needs of your child and your family.

 

In order to help you choose child care, we have created checklists with suggested questions and things to look for when visiting a program. Please feel free to print out these checklists and bring them with you when visiting a center, a family child care home or interviewing an in-home provider.

When making a child care decision, look for the best match for your child's developmental needs. There are many studies that show a direct link between quality child care and school readiness. High quality early care and education programs have a strong and lasting effect on a child's success in school all the way through high school. These programs focus on all the needs of the child, including emotional warmth, play, mental stimulation and good nutrition.

Searching for child care services can be time consuming, but the time you spend finding the right child care situation will be worth it. Children and parents who are happy with their arrangements are less likely to feel stress in other parts of their lives. Children can build strong relationships with their caregivers and with the other children. Parents can relax knowing their child is well cared for in a safe, caring and educational setting.

 

Considerations
There are many things to consider when trying to find child care. It is very important for parents to visit potential child care programs before making a decision. Programs vary widely in quality, environment, and how they handle children’s developmental needs. You should see the program for yourself and meet the people who will be caring for your child.

 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

Our office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We are located at:

60 Calvert Avenue
Commack, NY 11725
Phone: 631-462-0303
Fax: 631-462-1617
Email: resourcereferral@childcaresuffolk.org

When making a child care decision, look for the best match for your child's developmental needs.