When deciding where to place your child, you should focus on your family’s specific needs. Be sure to make an informed decision based on the type of program and its performance history.
If you are visiting a group child care center, you should review its child care performance summary card (PDF) for information about the program's staff, size and past violations. The card will be located near the program's entrance.
Child care operators looking for information about permitting and regulations should visit our Information for Child Care Operators page.
If you are interested in applying for free or low-cost child care, first find out if you are eligible.
There are several types of child care programs available in the city, so consider your family’s needs and choose carefully.
When searching for a program, be sure to review a facility’s history and its performance record. You can find out about past issues at a facility by using NYC Child Care Connect or the State’s Office of Children and Family Services page.
If you think a child care facility may be unsanitary, unsafe or illegal, call 311. If you think a child may be in immediate danger, call 911.