March 19, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 011-15
Thursday, March 19, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: (347) 396-4177
Veronica Lewin: PressOffice@health.nyc.gov

Health Department Unveils Enhanced Child Care Services Website

NYC Child Care Connect offers more transparency and new information on child care services throughout New York City

Parents can sign up for a free text and email messaging service to receive updates about their child care provider

March 19, 2015 – Today, the Health Department announced the launch of NYC Child Care Connect, a new online portal that includes an updated Child Care Program Directory and a new, free child care messaging service for parents and caregivers. The revamped Child Care Program Directory will allow parents and caregivers to both search for child care centers and summer camps in their area and compare information about a particular center to others across the city. And for the first time, our Program Directory will allow people to search for child care centers that are City-funded or that accept vouchers from the NYC Administration of Children’s Services. These enhancements empower parents and caregivers to stay informed and make sure their children are in a stimulating, nurturing, and safe environment.

“NYC Child Care Connect provides parents and caregivers with more tools to find child care services in New York City and stay informed about what’s happening at the center where their child is enrolled,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “We expect child care centers in the City to maintain the highest standards of health and safety, and NYC Child Care Connect will provide more transparency and help people find a center that best meets their child’s needs.”

“The Administration for Children’s Services is excited to partner with the Health Department on this important initiative and believe our families will greatly benefit from having additional resources to locate and decide on the right daycare setting for their children,” said ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión. “Together with our providers and City partners, ACS works hard to assist families in the decision making process to make sure that children across New York City reap the benefits of early learning.”

“Early childhood education is the foundation for our students’ long-term success, and families across our City have access to more high-quality pre-K programs than ever before,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “NYC Child Care Connect is building on the City’s efforts to engage parents in their child’s school and will make it easier for families to find the right program for their child.”

NYC Child Care Connect offers clearer and more user-friendly online navigation. Previously, the child care search feature on the Health Department’s website offered a list of centers and their recent inspection reports. The new Program Directory provides the same information, as well as a three-year performance summary to show additional information about the center and its staff. Each child care center’s staff turnover rate and their percent of annual inspections with violations are compared to the citywide average.

The free text and email messaging service will allow parents to sign up for updates about a particular center, and about changes in child care regulations and resources. The service will alert parents and caregivers to recent inspection reports, newly permitted programs in their area, tips on selecting a child care center that meets the needs of their child, and other public health announcements.

To view the available list of child care providers and sign up for NYC Child Care Connect, visit: https://a816-healthpsi.nyc.gov/ChildCare/ChildCareList.do

For more information, call 311 or search “NYC Child Care Connect” at www.nyc.gov .

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