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 250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 2A-20, Hauppauge NY 11788. The Office can be reached at 631-240-2560.
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.
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 Council staff 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.
Child Care Information Exchange
Childhood Education/Infancy through Early Adolescence
Young Children (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
Zero To Three
Nassau County Association for the Education of Young Children (NCAEYC)
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
The Family Day Care Association is membership organization for Family and Group Family providers in Nassau County.
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.
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 accreditation for family and group family child care programs.
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.
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.
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.
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