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Child Care Options (Types of Care): This list identifies some of the most often requested programs available which may meet your child care needs.
Provider Complaint Policy: The complaint policy reviews what you should do if you have concerns about a child care program.
Signs of Poor Quality Childcare: As a parent, you want to find high quality childcare for your children. Pay attention to these warning signs when interviewing programs.
Financial Information: Information on the average cost of care, the Department of Social Services subsidy guidelines and other financial assistance possibilities.
Finding Good Child Care: Here is a checklist of the essential questions to ask a caregiver or director when seeking quality child care for your child.
Regulations: Licensed child care centers in New York State must follow basic regulations. Here is a highlight of some of the required regulations. This is not a complete list of regulations, but is a list compiled by Family Enrichment Network to assist you when looking for a child care center. For a complete list of regulations, you can visit the licensing agency, The Office of Children and Family Services website.
Family Child Care Requirements: The different types of family child care can be confusing. We have compiled a quick list explaining the different types of home-based care; family child care, group family child care, informal or exempt child care.
Parent Newsletter: Our Parent Newsletter provides information on communicating with your child care provider, literacy, health-realted issues, community services, and quality child care and school readiness.
Quality Indicators: Here is a list of essential components that help create a quality child care program.
Websites for Parents
Early Care and Learning Council The Early Care and Learning Council is the state network for the New York State child care resource and referral agencies. Stay informed and connected to advocacy initiatives supporting early care and learning by joining Parent Network- New York's Action Network. - http://www.earlycareandlearning.org
The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) All registered or licensed child care programs in upstate New York are regulated by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). You may access a program's licensing history by visiting the OCFS webiste. You can review a program's previous licensing violations. This is important; however, the licensing violation wording doesn't necessarily tell the entire story of a provider’s ability to offer safe, healthy, fun care for your child. For help in understanding or interpreting the regulations, please call OCFS at 1-800-732-5207 or our Referral Specialist at (607) 723-8313 ext. 829. http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us
Winning Beginning NY a statewide coalition working to inform policy makers and the public about the many benefits of early care and learning including home visiting, child care and Pre-K. http://www.winningbeginningny.org/
Child Care Aware of America (Formerly NACCRRA) Child Care Aware of America has partnerships, programs, and resources that are designed to help parents find quality child care, get the latest information on child development and parenting issues, keep informed on current legislation and policies affecting young children, look at work choices after having a baby, and access to hundreds of fun, learning activities to do with children. http://www.naccrra.org/parents
Parent Network Child Care Aware Parent Network (CCAPN) is a free networking organization specifically for parents, grandparents, child advocates and champions - anyone and everyone who cares about children and the quality of care they receive. http://www.ccaparentnetwork.org/
First Call For Help First Call For Help is available to offer guidance and answer questions about any services you may need. http://www.uwbroome.org/2-1-1first-call-help
Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit The Federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit is a tax benefit offered by the federal government. Find out more information here. http://otda.ny.gov/workingfamilies/cdctc.asp
Lourdes PACT Parents and Children Together (PACT) is a Parents As Teachers home visiting program that offers services to families living in Broome and Tioga Counties. http://www.lourdes.com/centers-and-services/youth-services/pact
Binghamton City School District PACT Parents and Children Together provides support and education for families with children from prenatal to kindergarten living in the Binghamton City School District. http://www.binghamtonschools.org/PACT1.aspx
Family Resource Centers The Family Resource Centers(FRCs) are drop-in (not drop-off) centers for young children and their families. FRCs offer the community healthy environments that promote a nurturing relationship between parents and their children by offering education and personal support for families. FRCs provide welcoming, family-oriented community homes that encourage parents to stop in for companionship, peer discussion and interaction, and offer alternative play sites for children, access to education resources and communication with supportive, informed staff. http://www.mothersandbabies.org/whatispal.asp
Family Resource Centers in Tioga County The Family Resource Centers in Waverly and Owego are free for families with young children. The centers offer nurturing play spaces, parent education, family activities, support groups and referral to local services. http://blogs.cce.cornell.edu/tioga/frc/
Building Brighter Futures for Broome The Building Brighter Futures for Broome Coalition believes all children should enter school ready to learn. http://www.brighterfuturesforbroome.us The coalition created a youtube video showing the importance of parents as the first teacher for their children. https://youtu.be/_MSk5j1uttw