School-age Child Care programs offer child care in a non-residential space. There are seven or more children under the age of 13 years. Programs operate during the school year such as before and/or after school, during lunch periods and on school holidays. Care may also take place at those times when schools are not in session, including summer. Children enrolled in kindergarten or a higher grade may attend. For children under age nine, there must be one staff for every 10 children, up to 20 children. For children over ten years of age, there must be one staff for every 15 children, up to 30 children. Programs may also provide care for children over age 13 through the end of high school.
To operate a School-age Child Care, you must complete an online Orientation Session. Upon completion of the Orientation, you may request an application. Applicants must submit all documents and clearances within 90 days. This includes fingerprinting and background checks.
Each director and staff working 20 hours or more per week must complete 30 hours of training in nine mandatory topic areas every two years. You must complete 15 of these hours within the first six months of employment. Staff working 20 hours or less per week must complete a pro-rated amount of training. See Training for Staff for School age Child Care Programs for more information. Staff that will care for children must take the Foundations in Health and Safety course within three months of hire. This includes directors, teachers and volunteers. Programs must have at least one staff trained in both Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.
The CPR and first aid certificates must be appropriate to the ages of children in care. Providers must take Medication Administration Training to administer medication to children. This is not needed for over-the-counter topical ointments, or sunscreen and insect repellents. The initial registration period for a School-age Child Care program is two years. Thereafter, the renewal registration is effective for a four year period. Providers must follow the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) regulations and all laws that apply.