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NYS Parent Guide


Child Care Information

Need help paying for child care?

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services’ Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides eligible families across New York State with financial assistance for child care. The income threshold was raised in August of 2022 making more families eligible. CCAP promotes early childhood learning and development while allowing parents/caretakers to work, get training or go to school. The CCAP is administered by local departments of social services (LDSS) in 57 counties and NYC. For more information about eligibility, and to find information on how to apply, go to

Various Child Care Options NYS OCFS

Watch this video that quickly describes the various types of licensed child care in NYS and directions on how to access a provider near you.

Child Care Resource and Referral Center

1-800-345-KIDS (1-800-345-5437)

Click on “Child Care” to find a directory of child care resource and referral centers organized by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services, to help parents find quality child care at affordable prices.

Childcare Locator Tool

Locate child care, after school, and home visiting programs near you.


This site includes a helpful checklist to use when choosing child care; explains New York’s quality rating system for both home and center-based child care sites. Click the “Parents & Families” tab.

New York State Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agencies

Child Care Resource and Referral programs (CCR&Rs) are coordinating and planning agencies for local child care services. They provide support to child care providers, parents, businesses and local governments.

Increasing the supply of high quality child care by providing a broad range of support services to child care providers, CCR&Rs also help families make informed decisions about available child care services.