Family Day Care Registration



Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of City
Family Day Care homes are residences in which child care is provided on a regular basis for more than three hours per day per child for compensation or otherwise. There are restrictions associated with the number of children that can be cared for by a family day care provider.

Family Day Care providers may care for three to six children aged six weeks through 12 years, plus two additional school-aged children with approval from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). No more than two children under the age of two may be cared for at any one time.

Please note that when a provider also cares for their own children or the children of a relative who are not yet school age, (relative being defined as within the third degree of relation to the parent or step-parent) the related children must be included in the maximum number of children being cared for in the home.

This registration requires renewal every two years. During the two year registration period, family day care providers are required to take 30 hours of training in nine mandatory topics.

To apply for and review all requirements for registration, click on the link below for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

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NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Bureau of Child Care
New York, NY
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: day care license

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