Starting a Day Care Center

Introduction

The following resources will help you reach your small business goal of becoming a licensed and registered day care center. Learn about state standards and regulations; identify the correct licensing agencies; find organizations that support new day care providers; and locate statistics related to the demand for child care services in your community.

Internet Links
* Common Types of Child Care Programs in New York State: New York State Office of Children and Family Services
Brief definitions of Day Care Centers, Small Day Care Centers, Family Day Care Homes, Group Family Day Care Homes and School-Age Child Care Programs.
 
Center for Children's Initiative
Learn about the accreditation process, childcare issues in your community and health and safety issues. Also includes information on how to become a family child care provider, starting an early childhood center, and starting a school age program.
 
Citizens’ Committee for Children: Keeping Track Online
Search for over 400 different indicators of child well-being in New York City at the citywide, borough, or community district level. Provides data in a number of broad categories: demographics, economic conditions, housing and community life, health, early care and education and out-of-school time services, youth and child welfare. Book is also available at the library – please see the Print Resources section.
 
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Child Care: Borough Offices for Family Day Care, Group Family Day Care, and School Age Child Care
http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/living/childcare.shtml
Locations, phone numbers, and hours of borough offices for family day care, group family day care, group child care and school age child care.
 
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Child Care: Child Care Permitting Highlights
Information on New York City’s requirements for obtaining a license to operate a day care center.
 
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Day Care: Facts on Becoming a Registered Family Day Care Provider
Information on becoming a registered family day care provider that will allow you to operate a child care service in your home.
 
New York State Office of Children and Family Services: Contracts, Grants and Request for Proposals
Information about procurement and funding opportunities provided by the Office of Children and Family Services.
 
New York State Office of Children and Family Services: Starting a Child Care Program
Provides support, resources and guidance to starting a day care, including access to funding from New York State.
 
New York State Office of Office of Children & Family Services: Child Care FAQs
Information on New York State licensing requirements for starting a day care center.
 
Resources for Child Caring: Getting Started in the Business of Family Child Care
Overview on how to start a day care center, create contracts and policies, promote your business, keep records and other resources. Booklet is online in PDF format.
 
U.S. Census Bureau: Child Care
U.S. Census survey information and statistics related to day care.

Articles & Databases
Provides business information on all areas of opening, operating, and maintaining a small business including financing, management, marketing and accounting with sample business plans and articles from trade journals. Search for “day care centers” or “child care services”.

Print Resources
* Child care services -- Administration
 
* Child care services -- United States -- Handbooks, manuals
 
* Day care centers -- Administration
 
* Day care centers -- United States – Administration
 
* Family day care -- United States – Accounting
 
Caring for our children: national health and safety performance standards: guidelines for out-of-home child care
Provides information on standards for staffing your day care center, handling illnesses, food preparation, hygiene and space and equipment requirements. Information is also available online – please see the Internet Links section.
 
Early Childhood News
The news magazine for child care management. Available online.
 
Keeping track of New York City’s children
A Citizens' Committee for Children status report, 2008. Provides data in a number of broad categories: demographics, economic conditions, housing and community life, health, early care and education and out-of-school time services, youth and child welfare. Information is also available online – please see the Internet Links section.

More Information
The Business & Career Library supports the needs of businesses and individuals by providing free access to business and investment resources. SCORE (the Service Corps of Retired Executives) provides free business counseling by appointment at the Business & Career Library Monday through Friday.
 
This guide lists organizations that provide services to both established small businesses and start-ups.
 
Information to help start your own child care business, including a checklist and an interview with someone who offers advice and suggestions based on her experiences in starting a child care business in Brooklyn.
 
This project helps providers develop and enhance their home-based childcare businesses through services and support, including individualized start-up and operations assistance, practical business training, free legal assistance, free tax assistance and more.
 
Cypress Hills Family Day Care Network trains and supports neighborhood residents to open family day care businesses in their homes and refer parents to child care services. Also administers the Child and Adult Care Program, which provides family day care providers with subsidies to serve nutritious meals to low income children.
 
Provides labor relations and mediation services, child care referral services, trainings, technical assistance and startup monies to new providers. Includes James C. Hall Family Day Care Network that provides training to family child care providers.
 
Provides professional and association development to promote quality child care. Access to professional development opportunities and resources.
 
Serves child care owners, directors and administrators. Goal is to improve, enhance and strengthen the credibility of the people who lead the child care industry by providing membership services and benefits. Only association exclusively dedicated to child care management without regard to a center's tax status and corporate sponsorship.
 
Only national association serving the private, licensed childhood care and education community. Access to money-saving opportunities, networking and professional development opportunities.
 
A center that coordinates training and career development services for individuals who work with young children.
 
Supports professional development and improve the quality of early childhood and school-age programs. Includes a career development resource guide, core body of knowledge, information on credential programs for infant and toddler care and training resources.