Group Child Care (Center-based) — Information for Operators

Child Care Borough Offices Closed to Public

Department of Health child care borough offices will be closed to the public until further notice. Our staff will continue to provide services by phone and email. Email your public health sanitarian or early childhood education consultant if you need assistance.

If you do not have access to your assigned representative, reach out to your borough office by calling the number below or emailing

  • Bronx Borough Office
    347-854-1971 or 347-854-1972

  • Brooklyn Borough Office
    718-222-6390 or 718-222-6399

  • Manhattan/Staten Island Borough Office

  • Queens Borough Office

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.

Programs must renew their permit every two years. If you need technical assistance submitting your online application, complete a technical assistance request.

Forms, Guides and Other Helpful Documents

Child Care Performance Summary Card

Necessary Qualifications and Training Requirements

Comprehensive Background Checks

Attendance, Supervision and Trip Requirements

Safe Sleep

Written Safety Plan

Medical Care

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:

Fire Safety

Lead Paint Poisoning Prevention

Kitchen and Food Handling Safety

Additional Resources

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