Group child care (center-based) provides care to three or more children, under 6 years of age, for five or more hours per week. These types of facilities operate for more than 30 days in a 12-month period. They may be located anywhere, except a private residence.
Due to recent changes to Article 47, group child care programs must now comply with new requirements:
The NYC Health Department compliance guide below will help you follow the law and assure families that you are protecting and promoting their children's safety, health and early education.
If you are starting a new program, you must attend a pre-permit orientation (check the box next to “Group Child Care and Summer Camp Orientation Sessions”, then click “Continue” at the bottom of the page) before applying for a new permit. After you have attended that orientation, you can apply for a permit for a new child care program.
Child Care Performance Summary Card
All group child care programs are required to post a child care performance summary card issued by the NYC Department of Health.
Necessary Qualifications and Training Requirements
Comprehensive Background Checks
Attendance, Supervision and Trip Requirements
Written Safety Plan
Nutrition and Physical Activity
Orientation for Parents Upon Enrollment
After parents enroll their child in a program, operators must provide them with information on the program’s policies and procedures for supervision, attendance, admission, discharge, emergencies and illness management.
Parents must also be provided with:
Lead Paint Poisoning Prevention
Kitchen and Food Handling Safety