Group Family Day Care License



Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of City
Group 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. A group family day care home must be operated by a primary on-site caregiver and at least one assistant, and there must be one caregiver present for every two children under the age of two.

There are restrictions associated with the number of children and their ages that can be cared for by a group family day care provider, as identified below in the followinig: Group Family Day Care providers may care for 7 to 12 children, aged six weeks through 12 years. Group Family Day Care providers must obtain separate approval to care for an additional four school-aged children with approval from the NYC Health Department. When any child less than two years of age is present, the maximum allowable number of children in care is 10. In this situation, only an additional two school-aged children may be permitted with separate approval.

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.

The initial license will be issued for two years. During the two-year period, family day are providers are required to take 30 hours of training in nine mandatory topics. See the Training Requirements for Group Family Day Care Providers and their Assistants link below for additional information. After the initial two-year license, the license will require renewal every four years.
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NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DoHMH)
Bureau of Child Care
125 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Day Care License

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