Child Care Info Links for Parents and Providers
CHILD CARE INFORMATION
Emergency Phone Numbers and Links
- To Report Child Abuse 1-800-342-3720
- Poison Control 1-800-222-1222
- Suffolk County Women's Services 631-853-5593
- Protective Services for Adults 631-854-3232
- Suffolk County Department of Labor Employment Center 631-853-6600
- Child Support Enforcement Bureau 1-888-208-4485
- Nassau/Suffolk Law Services 631-232-2400
Links to Child Care Agencies
In addition to the Child Care Council of Suffolk, there are a number of agencies that provide a wealth of important information for parents and child care professionals:
- 2-1-1 Long Island Database has a list of more than 11,000 community service agencies. There are programs for people with disabilities, classes, doctors, hospitals, hotlines, housing, food pantries and more.
- The American Library Association has great resources for both children and parents. There is suggested reading, software and websites for all ages.
- Child Care Aware is the national network of child care resource and referral agencies whose goal is to ensure that affordable, quality child care is available to all families. They have many resources for parents looking for child care and also direct parents to local agencies that can help them find the right child care for their children.
- Child Care Aware Parent Network is a free online community where everyone who cares about the quality of child care can interact and take action. Sign up for free newsletters and webinars.
- Child Care Council of Nassau can help you find child care or become a child care professional if you live in Nassau County. You can reach them at 516-358-9250.
- Child Health Plus is a New York State health insurance plan for children that is available for children depending on your family's income. Both Children's Medicaid and Child Health Plus are available through many insurance providers in New York. Call 1-800-698-4KIDS (1-800-698-4543) for more information.
- Cornell Cooperative Extension provides information, training and support to parents and others who work with children, youth and families.
- EarlyChildhood.org supports professional development and strives to improve the quality of early childhood and school-age programs. This website has information for those thinking about a career in these areas as well as information for child care providers who are looking to advance their careers.
- The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island has information about free or low-cost health insurance for children and adults. Depending on your income, health insurance may be free or only have a small monthly fee. They can be reached at 516-483-1110.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has the latest information on NAEYC's conferences and publications. It also has information on accreditation, advocacy, policy issues and NAEYC membership.
- National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) works to support child care professionals. NAFCC seeks to promote high-quality family child care through accreditation, leadership training, technical assistance, public education and policy initiatives.
- National Women's Law Center works to protect and improve the progress of women and girls at work, in school and in every part of their lives. They also can assist you with a variety of legal problems.
- New York State Office of Family & Children Services (OCFS) supports the well-being and safety of children, families and communities. OCFS has many services including: foster care, adoption, child protective services, services for pregnant teenagers and child care regulations. Call them with questions at 631-240-2560.
- Parents' Action for Children works closely with child development experts to try to raise public awareness about healthy brain development. They also stress the importance of the time before birth through the first years of life. Their website provides suggestions on how parents can help spread this information.
- Suffolk County's website provides links to towns and villages and has resources for courts, transportation, employment and the many other services for residents.
- Trainings Strategy Group of SUNY provides child care professionals with EIP forms and opportunities to explore training courses.
- Women, Infants, Children (WIC) offers nutrition education and breastfeeding support. They also provide nutritious foods to low-income pregnant women and mothers, their infants and children up to age five. Their goal is to promote and support good health in children and families. You can call them at 631-853-3014.
- Zero to Three promotes the healthy development of babies and toddlers.