A group family day care home is operated by a primary on-site provider. In this type of program there must be at least one assistant when care is being provided to seven or more children when none are school age and when care is being provided to nine or more children when at least two are school age. There must also always be one caregiver present for every two children under the age of two.
Prior to becoming a Group Family Day Care provider the applicant must first complete an online child day care pre-application orientation session (https://www.pdp.albany.edu/ccfs/). An application can be requested after completing the orientation. After submitting an application, the provider must also attend a 15 hour pre-service Health and Safety Training in order to demonstrate the competencies necessary for becoming a Group Family Day Care provider. Applicants for a license must submit all documentation and clearances, including fingerprinting and background checks within 90 days.
As per OCFS regulations each provider and assistant must complete a 30 of thirty hours of training in nine topic areas every two years. Fifteen of these hours must be satisfied within the first 6 months of employment. For more information on the types of training categories click on Training Requirements for Group Family Day Care Providers. In addition, every provider, assistant, substitute and volunteer with the potential for substantial and regular contact with children in care must take the OCFS e-learning course entitled Foundations in Health and Safety within three months of employment.
Group Family Day Care Programs must also have at least one staff person trained in both Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and first aid during all operating hours. The CPR and first aid certificates must be appropriate to the ages of children in care. In addition, programs may also elect to enroll in a Medication Administration Training (MAT) course if providers wish to administer medications other than over-the-counter topical ointments, sunscreen and topically applied insect repellents.
The initial license for a Group Family Day Care home is issued for a two year period, as long as the licensee remains in compliance with the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) regulations and all applicable laws. Thereafter, the renewal license will be effective for a four year period as long as the program continues to comply with applicable OCFS laws and regulations.
Bureau of Child Care
125 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Day Care License