School Age Child Care Registration



Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of City
School-age child care programs offer child care in a non-residential space. In this type of program care is provided to 7 or more children under the age of 13 years during the school year before and/or after school, during lunch periods and on school holidays. Care may also take place at those times when schools are not is session, including summer. Children must be enrolled in kindergarten or a higher grade. The staff to child ratio is 1:10 for all children ages nine and under with a maximum group size of 20. For children ten years of age and older the staff to child ratio is 1:15 with a maximum group size of 30. A School-Age Child Care program may also provide care for children over thirteen through the end of high school.

Prior to becoming a School-age Child Care provider the applicant must first complete an online child day care pre-application orientation session (  An application can be requested after completing the orientation.  Applicants for a license must submit all documentation and clearances, including fingerprinting and background checks within 90 days. 

As per OCFS regulations each director and staff person working an average of twenty hours or more per week must complete a total of thirty hours of training in nine mandatory topic areas every two years.  Fifteen of these hours must be satisfied within the first 6 months of employment.  Staff working an average of 20 hours or less per week must complete a pro-rated portion of training.  For more information on the types of training categories click on Training for Staff for School age Child Care Programs.  In addition, every director, teacher 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

School-age Child 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 registration for a School-age Child Care program is issued for a two year period, as long as the registrant remains in compliance with the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) regulations and all applicable laws. Thereafter, the renewal registration will be effective for a four year period as long as the program continues to comply with applicable OCFS laws and regulations.

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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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