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New York State Office of Children & Family Services (NYS OCFS)

New York State Office of Children & Family Services regulates child care in New York State.  (In NYC, child care is regulated by the NYS Department of Health)

New York State Office of Children & Family Services:

  • issues registrations and licenses for child care programs
  • develops and enforces regulations
  • inspect child care programs
  • employs Licensing Representatives
  • employs Fire Safety Inspectors
  • investigates complaints

The Long Island Regional Office is located at 320 Carlton Avenue, Suite 4000; Central Islip, NY 11722.  The Office can be reached at 631-342-7100. 

Nassau County Department of Social Services (NC DSS)

Nassau County Department of Social Services provides child care subsidies for income eligible families to help them pay their child care expenses. Child care programs that have agreements with NC DSS are paid directly for the child care services they provide.  Some families receive their child care subsidy directly.

Nassau County DSS is located at 60 Charles LIndbergh Boulevard, Uniondale, NY  11553. The Office can be reached at 516-227-7976.

Fingerprinting

NYS OCFS regulations require that the following people be fingerprinted:

  • anyone applying to be a registered or licensed family/group child care provider
  • persons 18 years of age or older living in a family or group family child care home
  • current operators and employees of child care centers and school age programs
  • volunteers who have regular and substantial contact with children

Click on the link above to open OCFS Guidelines for Fingerprinting. Please read and follow the instructions carefully.

Health & Safety Training

Child Care Council offers the 15 hour mandated Health & Safety Training once each month. Prospective providers will need to complete this training before their registration or license can be issued.  Contact 516-358-9250 ext 28 to register for this training.

CPR and First Aid Training

Child Care Council of Nassau offers CPR and First Aid training for registered and licensed child care providers and their staff.  Contact Theresa Harper at 516-358-9250 ext. 28 for more information.

Local fire departments, hospitals, libraries and school districts may also offer this training.  Contact the agency in your community.

Insurance

Student Accident Insurance: Child Care Council offers family and group family child care providers access to  Student Accident Insurance.  For a nominal fee per person, providers can  purchase accident insurance to cover the children and staff in their program. This  policy provides ACCIDENT insurance only.  It does not provide basic hospital,  basic medical or major medical insurance as defined by the NYS Insurance  Department.  It does not provide liability insurance coverage.

For information call 516-358-9250 ext 28.

Family Child Care Loan Project

Child Care Council has partnered with the Small Business Development center at SUNY Stony Brook, the Community Development Corporation of Long Island and local funders to create a loan program for family and group family child care providers.  This program provides loans from $5,000 - $25,000 at a fixed interest rate of 3% to providers that includes training and technical assistance and business development assistance.

Family and group family child care providers, who have been in business for a least one (1) year, are eligible to apply.  Contact 516-358-9250 ext 30 for more information.

Publications

Child Care Information Exchange
800-221-2864

Childhood Education/Infancy through Early Adolescence
800-423-3563

Young Children  (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
800-424-2460

Zero To Three
800-899-4301


Resources


Organizations

Local

Nassau County Association for the Education of Young Children (NCAEYC)
P.O. Box 1026, Bethpage, NY 11714
Susan Vignati ,  President
516-796-1325 

 

NCAEYC  is the local chapter of the Nation Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  NCAEYC works locally to support the development of professionals  and to promote quality  early care and education for the well-being of all young children and their families.

Family Day Care Association of Nassau County
516-481-9752
Email: PreserveHR@aol.com

The Family Day Care Association is membership organization for Family and Group Family providers in Nassau County.

State

New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC)
NYSAEYC is the state affiliate of the Nation Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NYSAEYC works locally to support the development of professionals and to promote quality  early care and education for the well-being of all young children and their families. Call 518-867-3517

Family Child Care Association of New York State
The mission of the Family Child Care Association of NYS is to act as a united voice to promote and strengthen the professionalism of providers thereby promoting the quality of family child care.
 Call 518-463-4794


National

Council of Community Services of New York State (CCSNYS)
CCSNYS is a 501(c)(3) membership organization that is dedicated to serving and strengthening over 800 nonprofits throughout New York State. Members can access affordable organiztional consulting; technical assistance and training; employee benefits; nonprofit liability and risk management; group purchasing; community planning, evaluation and research; and policy information and analysis on nonprofit issues. 

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC is the nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.  It exists for the purpose of leading and consolidating the efforts of individuals and groups working to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children and is dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.

National Association for Family Child Care  (NAFCC) 
The focus of NAFCC is to provide technical assistance to family child care associations. This assistance is provided through developing leadership and professionalism, addressing issues of diversity, and by promoting quality and professionalism through NAFCC's Family Child Care Accreditation.  NAFCC also administers an accrediation for family and group family child care programs. 

National Association of Mother’s Centers (NAMC)
NAMC addresses the needs of mothers through a network of programs that: offer information and support; break the isolation of motherhood; advance maternal health and well-being; recognize the importance of mothers to society,  valuing both their paid & unpaid work; and become caring communities for mothers and families.

Zero to Three
A national non-profit charitable organization whose aim is to strengthen and support families, practitioners and communities and to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers by advancing public knowledge, communicating research and best practices to a wide variety of audiences and providing training, technical assistance and leadership development.  It is the nation’s leading resource on the first three years of life.


Professional Development & Scholarship Resources

Educational Incentive Program
The Educational Incentive Program (EIP) is a scholarship program designed to assist child care providers obtain the training and education they need to provide quality care to children. Child care providers must be caring for children in a facility regulated by the New York State
Office of Children and Family Services or the New York City Department of Health  and meet eligibility guidelines. 

SUNY Video Conferences
Videoconference trainings are funded by the
New York State Office of Children and Family Services. They are produced by the SUNY Early Childhood Education and Training Program and are conducted in English  at various sites.

Government Agencies

Nassau County Department of Social Services
NC DSS website includes a directory of services and contacts.

New York State Office of Children & Family Services
The website of NYS OCFS offers child care regulations for all modalities of care, day care subsidy and emergency regulations as well as product recalls and much more.

Nutrition, Health Insurance, & Medical Resources

5 a Day
A program developed as a partnership between the National Cancer Institute and the Produce for Better Health Foundation focusing on increasing both the awareness of the health benefits of fruits and vegetables and their consumption in the
United States.

Child and Adult Food Program
CACFP’s mission is to serve as a national voice for, and provide education and support to, organizations who administer the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program. The CACFP sponsors organization has been highly successful in promoting children's nutrition issues.  CACFP engages in activities that are intended to promote the general interests of children and their families. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County (CCE-NC) is an educational not-for-profit association serving
Nassau County residents. Staff and volunteers provide programs and research-based information on horticulture, IPM, environmental issues, food and nutrition, consumer issues, parenting, 4-H youth development and outdoor educational camping programs that build resilient communities.

National Food Service Management Institute
The mission of the National Food Service Management Institute is to provide information and services that promote the continuous improvement of Child Nutrition Programs. The vision of the National Food Service Management Institute is to be the leader in providing education, research, and resources to promote excellence in Child Nutrition Programs.

US Department of Agriculture
The USDA provides advice for healthy Americans age 2 years and over about food choices that promote health and prevent disease.

New York State Department of Health- Nutrition Resources
New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) offers nutrition resources re: dietary guidelines, guide to menu planning, preventing childhood obesity, tips for healthy cooking, feeding infants and much more.

Health & Welfare Council
HWCLI is a private, not for profit health & human services Planning/research/public information/advocacy organization that serves as an umbrella agency for public and voluntary agencies serving
Long Island’s poor and vulnerable. Among other services, it provides consumer information and facilitates enrollment for Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, Food Stamps and Post 9/11 Services.

New York State Child Health Plus
New York
State
’s health insurance plan for uninsured children up to 18 years old regardless of income or minority status.  Benefits include well child care, immunizations, treatment of illness or injury, prescription drugs, dental care and more. 

New York State Department of Health- Medical Resources
The NYS DOH website offers consumers accurate, current and useful information and resources on a variety of health issues from AIDS and Asthma to Shaken Baby Syndrome and Women’s Health Issues and much more.

American Academy of Pediatrics
AAP, dedicated to the health of all children, is committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.  Their comprehensive website includes consumer information a, health tips, articles on current research, advocacy information and activities and much more.

American Red Cross in Nassau County
The American Red Cross in
Nassau County is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Docs for Tots
Docs For Tots is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, multi-faceted, predominantly doctor involved "advocacy" organization, specifically focused on very young children and their families. Docs For Tots was formed in recognition of the importance, obligation, potential impact, and yet, lack of adequate numbers of active doctor advocates for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers on the national, state and local levels.

For a list of additional Health & Human Service Agencies on
Long Island please visit the United Way of Long Island

 

Updated as of February, 2012