How To Choose A Day Care Center in NYC
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—Ask about sickness policies. When is a child not permitted to attend the center due to sickness? What is the policy for alerting parents when a child takes ill during the day?
—Ask about the staffers — their backgrounds, education, and any special training.
—How does the center check backgrounds of staffers?
—How does staff handle initial separation from the parent? Is there a policy for this?
—Make sure that each center you visit makes you feel welcome, opens up their doors for observation, and spends a reasonable amount of time answering your questions.
Before you make that final decision
—Imagine the time has come for you to leave your child in the center. How comfortable would you feel?
—Like so many aspects of parenting, choosing a day care center should be dependent on your gut reactions!
Once your child is enrolled at a center
—Drop by, unannounced, during the day. This is the very best test!
Day Care Center Licensing
The Bureau of Day Care is the licensing body for centers in NYC. To find out if a center is licensed, go to www.nyc.gov/health and click on “Day Care Information”. You can search for centers within boroughs under name, neighborhood or zipcode and access the following information:
—when the center's permit expires—age range of children
—maximum number of children allowed
—date and report of last public health sanitation inspection, plus previous violations and whether these have been corrected
To find out if you are eligible for free or low-cost day care, call 311 and request information on subsidized day care.