Looking for Child Care?
Choosing quality care for your child is important. Child and Family Resources can assist you with that process by providing you with potentially suitable providers to meet the needs of your family. Our agency offers information on how to find quality child care at No Cost to you.
To view Child and Family Resources Child Care Referral Policy, click here. All client data is safeguarded at all times. The information gathered from you is confidential and used for referral and statistical purposes only.
The names listed are intended as referrals only. Child and Family Resources, Inc. does not recommend or endorse any program or caregiver. Programs listed were selected using the criteria supplied by you. The responsibility for making child care arrangements for your child must be yours. Our agency conducts vacancy checks on a quarterly basis; however, due to the changing nature we do not guarantee that these programs have vacancies at the time of your call or inquiry.
All customers will have the same opportunities to access available services we offer. This includes the right to non-discrimination and non-harassment based on race, religion, national origin, handicap, age, sexual orientation or any other protective class. We will strive to provide high quality, culturally sensitive services to our clients.
Safe and positive child care sets the stage for the healthy growth and development of your child. There are many different types of child care,
from family providers offering child care in their homes, to facility
based childcare (TYPES, RATIOS & COSTS OF LEGAL CARE IN NEW YORK
STATE information is available in our Documents & Printables in English and Spanish). We are here to help make your search for care easier with customized referrals, information on programs that help with the cost of child care, and interview assistance.
6 Quality indicators
An important first step:
Parents should always review the licensing records, inquiring about
the regulatory history, the
complaint history and the occurrence of serious citations of a program to make sure the child care provider is
in good standing with the NYS Office of Children and Family Services and that there are no unresolved citations.To contact your local regional office, call
1-800-732-5207 or visit the website at www.ocfs.state.ny.us. This is an important step to ensure a quality child care placement
and a vital component of a comprehensive search for the right child care
provider for your family.
Group size has a positive impact on the overall quality of early and school-age care and education programs and the experiences that children have in those programs. Smaller group size is important in maintaining proper supervision,quality care and enough one-on-one attention for each child in care.
Similar to group size, the adult to child ratio also has a positive impact on the overall quality of a child's experience in care. Consult the descriptions on the Types of Legal Care in New York State to find out more about the adult to child ratio for the different types of child care.
Health and Safety
Safety of their children in the hands of the caregivers is a major concern for parents when they drop their children off at a child care program. Some things to look for that indicate the program is safe & healthy are working smoke detectors, toys and equipment are in good condition, food prep areas are separated from restroom and diapering areas. The daily routine should also include proper handwashing and diapering procedures, and direct competent supervision of children at all times. Consult the Child Care Check List for a comprehensive list of things to look for.
Parents and families have the most direct and lasting impact on a child. When parents are involved, children are more confident, and feel more comfortable especially in a new setting. Choosing a program that welcomes parents to come in during the time the child is in care is the first step in getting to know the “important people” in a child care program. Know what is expected of you, and what you can expect from a program. Volunteer to help out at the program, to read to the children or go on a field trip. Always keep the lines of communication open.
New York State Law requires providers to give parents the opportunity to discuss issues related to their children. These opportunities must occur at the time of enrollment and as frequently as needed thereafter, but at least annually. It is the parent’s right to know what is happening while their child is in a child care program. Do not hesitate to ask questions.
Caregiver Education and Turnover
Caregivers in child care centers,school-age programs, and registered/licensed family child care programs must receive a minimum of thirty hours of educational training every two years,fifteen hours of which must be completed during the first six months of employment in a center or school-age program. In family child care programs,providers must complete fifteen hours of training during the first six months of program registration or licensing.
Accreditation is a voluntary system by which programs measure themselves against a national set of standards. Going beyond minimum licensing standards, accredited programs make a commitment to excellence. Caregivers in accredited programs take part in on-going training.They are more likely to understand children’s needs at different ages, plan appropriate activities, interact with children in warm and stimulating ways,and provide positive guidance for children rather than harsh discipline. look at Accreditation for more information on the different accreditation for childcare programs.