The Office of Children and Family Services is the regulatory agency for child care programs in New York State.
Child Care Aware of America
Child Care Aware of America (formerly NACCRRA) contains information and resources for child care providers and parents.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) website contains resources and information for child care providers.
The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care Family Child Care. Providers can become accredited through NAFCC.
AfterSchool Works! New York
AfterSchool Works! New York is the membership organization for afterschool professionals in New York State. Visit their website for more information on the School Age Care Credential.
Minute Menu provides online claiming for child care providers enrolled in our CACFP -Food Program.
QUALITYstarsNY is New York State's quality rating and improvement system. It is a voluntary program to rate, improve and communicate levels of quality in all regulated early care and learning programs. QualityStarsNY is currently being field tested. This field test will provide data to guide decisions necessary for statewide implementation of QUALITYstarsNY.
The Early Care and Learning Council
The Early Care & Learning Council is a statewide organization that works to increase the quality, affordability and capacity of the early care and learning field and does so through training and technical assistance, data management and advocacy initiatives. Programs are provided to and in partnership with the network of local Child Care Resource & Referral programs across New York State.
Tom Copeland's Taking Care of Business
Tom Copeland, the nation's leading expert on the business of family child care, has established a new blog called Tom Copeland’s Taking Care of Business. In it, Tom writes regular articles about business issues, posts tax updates, and links to other resources
Local Resources & Information
SUNY Broome offers courses in many different concentrations, including Early Childhood Education. The Early Childhood program leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree and is designed to prepare graduates for immediate employment or to enhance the skills and advancement opportunities of those already employed.
Binghamton University has built a reputation as a world-class institution that combines a broad interdisciplinary, international education with one of the most vibrant research programs in the nation and it is located right in our area! Binghamton University offers Undergraduate Degrees in many areas, including Human Development. Graduate Degrees are offered in many areas, including Early Childhood Education.
Child Abuse Hotline
The abuse or maltreatment of children is against the law. Victims need an effective child protective service to prevent them from suffering further injury and impairment. The New York State Office of Children and Family Services maintains a Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment for reports made pursuant to the Social Services Law. The Central Register, also known as the "Hotline", receives telephone calls alleging child abuse or maltreatment within New York State. The Central Register relays information from the calls to the local Child Protective Service for investigation, monitors their prompt response, and identifies if there are prior child abuse or maltreatment reports. The Hotline receives calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week from two sources: persons who are required by law, or mandated, to report suspected cases of child abuse and maltreatment; and calls from non-mandated reporters, including the public. Among those who are mandated to make reports are: •medical and hospital personnel •school officials •social service workers •child care workers •residential care workers and volunteers, and •law enforcement personnel. *This list is not all inclusive. A signed, written report must be filed by mandated reporters within forty-eight hours of an oral report. The Summary Guide for Mandated Reports can be found on the OCFS website below. If you suspect a child has been harmed or is at risk, please dial 1-800-342-3720, to report what you have seen or heard. You can make a difference.
Contact: Mandated Reporter Hotline
Binghamton Association for the Education of Young Children
BAEYC is the local affiliation of the National Association for the Education of Young Children(NAEYC). Your membership to NAEYC automatically makes you a member of your local affiliation and your state affiliation. As a member of BAEYC, you receive all the benefits of national and state membership, plus local networking and events. BAEYC offers mini-grants to members to help improve their classroom or program. BAEYC also offers Professional Enrichment Program meetings/workshops designed to meet OCFS professional development requirements.