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Child Care Career Planning Assistance


Are you thinking of starting a childcare program? Quality child care is needed in Ontario, Seneca and Yates Counties so parents can continue to work and support their families. Below are helpful suggestions when considering entering the child care profession.

  • Getting started: Would becoming a child care professional be a good investment for you?
  • Training: What training will you need?
  • Program planning: How will you plan for the children’s growth and development?
  • Resources: What local and national resources are available to help you plan successfully?



Child Care Aware/Child Care Providers: 

A look at Child Care in Ontario, Seneca & Yates Counties 2015-2016: While considering all the questions above and for future planning read a detailed assessment of your community including supply and demand of child care.


You may also research career planning at the Office of Child and Family Services website. For help with your Child Care Center licensing or application contact Child and Family Resources for an information packet or the Rochester Regional Office at 585-238-8531 

Interested in starting your own Family Child Care business?


Can I take care of children before I am registered?
You may legally care for up to 2 unrelated children on a regular basis for more than 3 hours per day. Please call the Child and Family Resources if you have further questions about legal capacity informal child care.


What is required of me before I become registered or licensed?
In order to obtain an application to apply for a child care program license or registration you will first need to take Child Day Care Orientation. This orientation will walk you through the information you need to know to determine if you are interested and able to start a child care program in New York State. It outlines the necessary requirements for opening a child care program, highlighting the child care regulations, space requirements, information about proper ratios and staffing and resources for support. This orientation will also introduce you to the important rules and regulations you need to know in order to run your business. And you’ll find out some information about how to best care for children in your program. Visit the Child Day Care Orientation to find out more.

After completing the Child Day Care Orientation, please call our office to schedule an appointment to meet with our Registration Coordinator regarding your application and your next steps in the process. Please call 315-536-1134 ext. 2313 to schedule a date.

  • Business responsibilities
  • Paperwork procedures
  • Provider support services within the community
  • Resources and referral services offered
  • Health & Safety start-up Grant information
  • Tax benefits
  • Initial home safety inspection
  • Finger printing
  • Staff qualifications
  • Data relating to child care demand
Depending on which type of child care you are going to apply for, our staff will assist you in registering for any required classes and completing any necessary paperwork. You may also visit our professional development page, which lists our course offerings. 

 To download the Potential Provider Packet including :
  • Potential Provider Letter
  • Steps to Becoming a Provider
  • Frequently Asked Questions 


Interested in starting a Child Care Center or School-Age Program?

Working with young children in a center is a rewarding career. Planning, organization and commitment will be part of the process. Please contact the Rochester Regional Office Licensing Representative for the county in which your center will be housed. They can be reached at 585-238-8531. Their website is Office of Children and Family Services. Child care regulations are also available at this site; we highly recommend that you view them. The licensing process must begin with input from local code enforcement as to whether the building is appropriate for child care center space as well as input from Department of Health and local fire officials.


Our agency can be a key resource for you to go through this process. Child and Family Resource’s Professional Development team can offer training to staff on:      

  • Best practice techniques
  • Space and furnishing
  • Effective communication tools
  • Program structure
  • Positive guidance & discipline
  • Infant toddler specialist
  • Lending library
  • Staff qualifications
  • Data relating to child care demand

For more information contact 315-536-1134 ext. 2304