Organizations and Resources
to help you find child care

The following organizations provide lists and search tools to find child care providers. Remember, though, whether you get a list from our web site or from the CCR&R, this list is just a starting point - you will need to contact the provider to see if they have space for your child and you will want to visit the child care provider to make sure for yourself that this is the right match for you.

Your Local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency (CCR&R) / Child Care Aware

The Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) program increases the supply of quality child care by providing a broad range of support services to providers, and helps families make informed decisions about available child care services. More About CCR&R (from Child Care Aware)

National Accreditation Associations - Accredited Child Care Search

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

NAEYC has set 10 standards for early childhood programs that can help families make the right choice when they are looking for a child care center, preschool, or kindergarten. The standards and criteria are also the foundation of the NAEYC Accreditation system for early childhood programs. To earn accreditation, programs must meet all 10 standards.

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

NAFCC Accreditation is an indicator that family child care offers safe, inviting spaces and warm, nurturing care complete with educational activities designed to meet the needs and interests of all children while promoting individual development. Nationally accredited homes meet high standards in child care and set the benchmark for quality.

New York State Government Agencies - Regulated Child Care Search

Office of Children and Families - Child Care Facility Search (NYS but NOT NYC)

Search engine for regulated programs in NYS. This search engine will allow you to look up a specific provider by name, or all the providers in a particular county or even zip code. It also lets you search by different types of care, such as family day care or day care centers. You will see information on the program including contact information, address, capacity, when it first opened and the current status of its license or registration.

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygeine (NYC ONLY)

This directory lists the group child care services that have been issued permits by the New York City Department of Health. The Department does not endorse any organization to which it issues a permit but it inspects them to ensure compliance with the New York City Health Code. The directory is provided to help you locate a child care service in your area and review its history of inspections.

The Early Childhood Direction Centers (ECDC)

ECDC provide families and professionals with free and confidential information and referrals to services for children with diagnosed or suspected special needs.