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I am looking for child care in my area, how can Council help me?

You have 3 options:

  • Call Child Care Council at 516- 358-9288 to talk with a parent counselor
  • Fill out our Child Care Request Form (a parent counselor will contact you)
  • Conduct your own search! click here

Our child care provider database includes all NYS regulated child care centers, family and group family child care providers, school-age programs and day camps in Nassau County. Our database also includes nursery schools, domestic (nanny) agencies, Legal 2 providers, and Au Pair agencies. 

In addition to offering child care referrals, our parent counselors will give you the tools  to help you and your family make an informed choice by offering interview suggestions, check-lists for your on-site visits,  and answer any questions about your child care search. Click here to learn about the different types of child care.

 Who is eligible for financial assistance for child care?

The Nassau County Department of Social Services offers child care subsidies to working parents who qualify based on income eligibility (Title XX Day Care Guidelines, which are updated annually). For more information about Eligibility Guidelines, please click here for financial information and call DSS at 516-227-8519 for an application.
There is someone in my neighborhood taking care of a lot of children.  I am concerned with how she disciplines them. Is there anyone that I can complain to?

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (NYS OCFS) is the state agency that regulates child care and investigates complaints. You can call the Regional Offices that covers both Nassau and Suffolk at 631- 342-7100. 

How do I become a provider?

Child Care Council offers several workshops each month including “The First Steps to Family Child Care”, “The ABC’s (A Business Class) of Family Child Care”, “The Nuts & Bolts of Opening a Child Care Center” as well as “An Orientation to Family Child Care” in Spanish.  To register, please call 516-358-9250 ext 28.

These workshops assist potential providers with the decision to enter the child care field,  as well as both the business and the practical aspects of understanding regulations, requirements and the application process.

I work in a child care program; how do I become a member of Council?

You have 2 options:

Membership benefits include: discounted rates on workshops &/or credential programs, subscription to agency newsletter, and eligibility to enroll in health insurance &/or student accident insurance. Click here to learn more about Professional Membership.

Child Care Council membership is based on a rolling cycle: if you join in March ’03 your current membership expires in March ’04; you receive 365 days of membership benefits no matter when you join.  If you have any further questions please call 516-358-9250 ext. 35 or email

How can I support Child Care Council?

Your interest in Council’s mission is greatly appreciated. There are many ways that you can contribute to the ongoing work of Council:

Visit Get Involved for more information.

How will my contribution be used?

Your financial contribution is either targeted to a particular area/program or as a general donation to Council. Private donations give non-profit organizations much needed "unrestricted" monies to help underwrite the costs of new initiatives or general administrative overhead. 

Child Care Council of Nassau as a private, non-profit organization with 501 (3) (c)
tax exempt status and has had an excellent fiscally managed track record for over 30 years. 

The agency's administrative expenses did not exceed 18% of the total budget versus 82% spent directly on program initiatives in the fiscal audit of 2002. 

If you would like to discuss contribution options further, did not receive a thank you letter, or have any other questions pertaining to contributions please feel free to contact the Development department at 516-358-9250 ext. 37 or email

I want to participate in a Special Event; how do I sign up?

  • Interested in playing in a foursome at our Annual Golf Classic?
  • Want to be a Corporate Sponsor for the Golf Classic or Evening of Recognition?

Call 516-358-9250 ext. 37 or email

Please visit our News & Events page to see specifics about our calendar of activities and fundraisers.

What topics does Council offer to meet my 30 hours of state mandated professional development?

Council offers a variety of 2 ½ hour workshops every month along with seminars that range from 5 to 15 hours.  All mandated 9 topics are covered at several times throughout the year.  The mandated topics are:

  1. Principles of early childhood development, including appropriate supervision of children, meeting the needs of children with special needs and behavior management and discipline.
  2. Nutrition and health needs of children
  3. Child day care program development
  4. Safety & security procedures, including communication between families & staff
  5. Business record maintenance & management
  6. Child Abuse & maltreatment identification & prevention
  7. Statutes & regulations pertaining to child day care
  8. Statutes & regulations pertaining to child abuse & maltreatment
  9. Shaken baby syndrome

To register, please call 516-358-9250 ext. 28.

Where can I get financial assistance for professional development?

The Educational Incentive Program (EIP), which is funded by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services and is administered by the Research Foundation of State University of New York, is a scholarship program which helps child care providers pay for professional development and education needed to provide quality care to children.   Child care providers must be caring for children in a facility regulated by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services or the New York City Department of Health. 

Eligibility is income based and awards range from $500 to $2,000 annually.  For an application call 1-800-295-9616. For more information call Council’s office at 516-358-9250 or email

I am a licensed Group Family provider OR a registered Family day care provider; what is the Child & Adult Food Program (CACFP)? Why should I sign up and how do I enroll?

CACFP is a federally funded program administered by the NY State Department of Health and sponsored by Child Care Council. The program provides reimbursement for some meals and snacks served to children enrolled in your program. CACFP is one of the key building blocks for good nutrition and quality family child care. 

The first step is to call Council at 516-358-9250 ext. 27 or email  You will be asked to provide basic information about your program. An initial visit will be set up at your convenience in your program to complete the enrollment process. 

I am a parent OR I am a child care provider and I am confused as to which agency to call for my question. What are the different functions of NYS Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS), Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS) and Child Care Council of Nassau (CCC)? Click here for a printable chart.

  • The NYS Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS) regulates child care in NYS, issues registrations & licenses, develops & enforces regulations, inspects programs, investigate complaints, and is where your licensing representative and fire safety inspector can be reached.
  • Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS) subsidizes eligible parents for child care expenses and pays child care providers (with DSS agreements/contracts) directly for those families receiving subsidy.
  • Child Care Council of Nassau (CCC) has a parent services department that collects & updates provider information, makes child care referrals to parents and recruits new child care providers. Council sponsors CACFP which provides reimbursement for some nutritious meals & snacks to providers on the program. Council also offers professional development to reach the mandated training hours & provides early childhood career counseling.