Legally Exempt Enrollment Services

The Child Care Council provides assistance and support for legally-exempt (informal) caregivers. Legally-exempt (informal) caregivers provide child care for families receiving subsidies and are exempt from the family child care licensing process by caring for no more than two non related children fulltime. If a provider is caring for children part-time, up to three hours or less, then there is no limit of un-related children.  When care is provided for more than three hours, the total number of related and un-related children cannot exceed eight.

Through funding provided by the New York State Division of Child Care Services, the Child Care Council distributes health and safety grants to legally-exempt caregivers. These grants are distributed at the time of the 20% inspection visit to new or existing legally exempt providers. The purpose of this grant is to improve the quality of care, based on the providers’ needs as assessed by the Legally Exempt Enrollment Educators. Some of the grant items include fire extinguishers/smoke detectors, locks for cabinets, vinyl gloves, electrical outlet covers, first aid kits, limited educational supplies, safety/first aid charts, and flashlights and batteries. There is also training and items/expenditures available that are consistent with providing quality care. Educational training and continued support is provided in a variety of areas, including how to comply with state regulations for administering medications to children in care.


Contact the Capital District Child Care Council with any questions by calling 518.426.7181, or emailing Lynn Siebert.