Become a Child Care Provider

In order to recieve an application to start a child care program, you need to take the Child Day Care Orientation provided by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). The orientation outlines the requirements for opening a child care program, highlighting the child care regulations, space requirements, information about proper ratios and staffing and resources for support. This orientation also introduces you to the important rules and regulations you need to know in order to run your business. And you’ll find out some information about how to best care for children in your program. Visit the Child Day Care Orientation to find out more.

Are you thinking of starting a child care program? Families in the Capital Region need high quality child care! You have the opportunity to help families in the community by becoming a family child care provider or opening a child care center or school-age program. Here are many considerations before beginning the process.

  • Reasons to start a child care business: Your reasons for opening a child care program will affect the type of care you provide. This link offers insight into why you might open a child care program.
  • Getting started. Gives you an overview of what you need to know so you can decide if running a child care business is a good investment for you.
  • Preparing a business plan. Helps you define how much money you will need, how you will earn it, and how you will spend it.
  • Preparing a management plan. Helps you plan how you will run your business.
  • Training. Helps you plan the training you will need.
  • Program planning. Helps you plan the environment and plan for the children's growth and development.
  • Resources. Gives you local and national resources that will help you be a successful child care provider.
  • Needs assessment: Before you invest money in a child care business, you need to determine if your community needs another child care center or family child care home. Read the Child Care Council's "Picture of Child Care in the Capital Region" for a detailed assessment of our community.
  • Finding a Location: Before you decide to use your home for a family child care business or commit to a building for a child care center, you will need to look at indoor and outdoor space for health and safety issues. You will also need to check zoning and homeowner association covenants.


Child Care Aware/Child Care Providers:

Health and Safety Training is required by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to open a family or group family child care program.