How to find child care services in your area
Looking for child care can be challenging, but you can find support with our Early Care and Education Institute (EC&EI). As a member of the New York City Child Care Resource and Referral Consortium (NYC CCR&R), we guide families through the process of finding a child care program that meets your family’s needs. Call us at (212) 206-1090.
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What to look for when you enroll your child in child care
Every child and family has different needs regarding the type of care that works for them. We encourage you to schedule visits with prospective child care programs during the day when you can observe them in action and see if they meet your needs.
Consider the following before enrolling:
1.The number of staff and children in a program;
2.Daily routines and activities;
3.Consider the cost, location and hours of operation;
4.Experiences of other parents and their children.
What to do if your child needs additional support.
If your child needs additional support, make sure you discuss your concerns and the support needed with the child care program staff. Help the staff members understand what that support means to you and your child. Visit their program and understand if you believe that support can be offered based on the space, number of staff members, and number of children in the program and their ages.
Parents can also receive support and information from the New York State Early Intervention Program, which provides therapeutic and support services to children under 3 years of age who have a confirmed disability or established developmental delay, as defined by the State. You can find the “Early Intervention Program: A Parent’s Guide” linked here.
How to find a summer camp for your child.
Consider the following questions:
1.What do you want your child to gain from a camp experience?
2.What does your child want out of his or her camp experience?
3.Is your child ready for day camp?
4.Is your child ready for sleep away camp?