Child Care

NYC Child Care Connect

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When deciding where to place your child, you should focus on your family’s specific needs. Be sure to make an informed decision based on the type of program and its performance history.

Child Care Performance Summary Card

Effective February 1, 2018, all group child care programs are required to post a child care performance summary card issued by the New York City Health Department. Child Care Performance Summary Card Frequently Asked Questions (PDF). View a Webinar Presentation about Child Care Performance Summary Card (PDF).
Example Performance Summary Card (PDF).

Centers can submit a request for a duplicate or updated performance card.

How to Find the Right Child Care

If you are interested in applying for free or low-cost child care, first find out if you are eligible.

There are several types of child care programs available in the city, so consider your family’s needs and choose carefully.

When searching for a program, be sure to review a facility’s history and its performance record. You can find out about past issues at a facility by using NYC Child Care Connect or the State’s Office of Children and Family Services page.

If you think a child care facility may be unsanitary, unsafe or illegal, call 311. If you think a child may be in immediate danger, call 911.

Information for Child Care Operators

If you own or operate a child care program, you can find up-to-date information about regulations and permitting on our Information for Child Care Operators page.

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