Mayor de Blasio and Department of Health Announce Initiative to Display Performance Cards at Child Care Centers

May 27, 2016

Posting of key indicators will make choosing child care easier for caregivers

The card will help to incentivize improved performance among child care providers regulated by the City

NEW YORK–Mayor Bill de Blasio and Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett today announced an initiative that will require all 2,300 child care centers permitted by New York City to prominently post a Child Care Performance Summary Card near its entrance.

This performance card is the result of a year-long negotiation with State Senator Jeff Klein, who had launched a series of investigations on day care safety. The Health Department will immediately begin taking action to fully implement the program by summer of 2017.

“Providing parents with up-to-date, easily accessible information about the safety of the City's childcare centers has been a priority for my administration,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “That is why last year, we announced Child Care Connect, a website featuring an email and text notification system alerting parents of a child care center's latest inspections.”

“The Child Care Performance Summary Card is our latest effort to ensure that parents get information that is not only readily accessible, but also easy to understand. We are confident the performance card will be a useful tool for New York City parents. We thank State Senator Klein and Assembly Member Titus for partnering with us on this initiative,” said Mayor de Blasio.

"I'm proud to announce that in New York City every day care licensed by the Department of Health will now have a report card on their door. This performance card will alert parents and guardians to the crucial facts they need to know before they decide if they want to place their children in the care of a facility. I've long worked on day care safety issues and believe that this information posted prominently will help keep our children safe," said State Senator Jeff Klein.

“These postings will help parents select the best daycare for their children. We want to make sure parents trust their day care center and are comfortable leaving their children there. Parents will benefit from having detailed information about the daycare center. The postings will help build parents' trust in the day care as well as help them choose the best one for their family. Working families must rely on child care, and being assured that their little one is in a quality and safe environment is paramount,” saidAssembly Member Michele Titus.

“Every parent knows that choosing the right child care center is a very important decision. We believe the performance cards will help make that choice easier by giving them useful information that they can see when they visit a center,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett.“The card will complement the information we already provide online through NYC Child Care Connect. I want to thank State Senator Klein and Assembly Member Titus for helping us increase transparency for parents and caregivers.”

The cards, which include key indicators, such as the number of children allowed in care, the number of times the program has been suspended and the number of Health Code violations issued compared to the citywide average, will help parents and other caregivers make informed decisions about which child care center to choose for their children.

The Health Department anticipates this initiative will lead to improved performance in child care centers across the city. The agency's experience in posting performance cards at restaurants has shown that businesses are more likely to adhere to health and safety standards when they know that customers have easy access to inspection results. The Health Department is confident that the Child Care Performance Card will become an incentive to child care centers to excel in the level of service they provide to the City's children.

While the Health Department will implement this initiative for all 2,300 child care centers, State Senator Jeff Klein and Assembly Member Michele Titus will codify the city initiative into state law.

The requirement would not apply to family-based child care sites, which are licensed by New York State. The performance card would be updated by the Health Department after every inspection, or at least once a year. Caregivers who have questions about the information on the cards will be encouraged to visit NYC Child Care Connect or call 311.

For more information, call 311 or visit nyc.gov/health/childcare.

Download the Sample Child Care Performance Card (PDF)

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