Types of Child Care2017-10-20T17:20:07+00:00

Types of Child Care Options

Family Child Care
  • Child care provided in a provider’s home on a regular basis for more than three hours per day per child.
  • Ages: six weeks to 12 years.
  • Group size: Up to 8 children, if two are school-aged (if not, only up to six).
  • No more than two children under two years including the provider’s children.
  • No more than 6 children if no infants are present.
  • One staff member for every six children, unless infants are present.
Group Family Child Care
  • Child care provided in a provider’s home on a regular basis for more than three hours per day per child.
  • Ages: six weeks to 12 years.
  • Group size: Up to 16 children, if four are school-aged.
  • No more than 12 children if no infants are present.
  • One staff member for every six children, unless infants are present.
  • Must be operated by a provider with at least one assistant present during the hours that care is provided.
Child Care Center
  • Child care provided in a program or facility, not a provider’s home, to an enrolled group.
  • Ages: Six weeks to school-aged.
  • Group size: In this setting there cannot be more than: eight children under one year; 10 children from one to two years; 15 three year old children; 20 four year old children; and 25 five year old children.
School-Age (also called after-school) Program
  • Child care provided to children enrolled in school.
  • Ages: Kindergarten age to 12 years.
  • Group size: Seven or more children.
  • There must be one staff member for every 10 children younger than 10 years and 15 children ages ten to 12 years.
  • Programs must operate consistent with the local school calendar.

*Please note that ages, group sizes, and staffing requirements are subject to change. For the most current information, please visit the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene www.nyc.gov/DOH.

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