There are many different types of child care programs to choose from in New York City. Among other things, these programs vary in location, ages and number of children, and requirements for staff qualifications. The following list includes all categories of child care in New York City that are regulated either by the city or state.
Informal Child Care (Non-Regulated)
Usually located in a home
For children of all ages
Less than three (3) children allowed, in addition to provider's own children
Providers are not required to be regulated
Center-Based (Group) Child Care
Is not located in a home
For children from birth to six (6) years old
Three (3) or more children allowed
Must have an educational director
Teachers must have a degree in early childhood education or related studies, or the required minimum child care training.