Good child care encourages children to play and learn in a stimulating environment. To keep children safe and healthy while they are in a provider's care, the government licenses child care facilities and inspects them regularly to ensure compliance with State and local regulations. A permit issued by the Health Department is not an endorsement. We recommend that you research a child care center by reviewing its inspection history and visiting it to see if it will meet your child's needs.
Providers looking for the lastest caregiver information should visit Information for Child Care Providers.
Use our directory, NYC Child Care Connect, to search for a child care center in your area, compare your center to others across the city, and/or sign up for free text and email messages to receive updates about your child care provider. The directory lists all programs that have been issued permits by the Health Department, which includes Child Care Centers, School-Based Child Care or Summer Camps.
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The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) regulates all Family Day Care, Group Family Day Care, and after-school child care facilities in the City. The OCFS Child Care Facility Directory provides detailed profiles of these child care facilities, including contact information, address, capacity, when it first opened, and the current status of its license or registration.
For assistance in identifying or selecting a child care service, contact the New York City Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Consortium at (888) 469-5999. Their services include resources and referrals to help your family access quality child care.
To report any child care site that you think is unsafe, unhealthy, or operating illegally, call 311. If you think a child may be at risk of child abuse or neglect, contact the New York State Child Abuse Hotline (State Central Register) at 1-800-342-3720. If you believe that a child may be in immediate danger, call 911.