Becoming a Provider

Are you thinking of starting a child care program?

Families in Warren, Washington and Hamilton counties need high quality child care! You have the opportunity to help families in the community by becoming a family child care provider or opening a child care center or school-age program. There are many considerations before beginning the process.  Please take a moment to go through each of the topics listed below.  Although it may not seem like every step applies to you … it does!

Child Care Business Info

Source: Child Care Aware/Child Care Providers:

Start-up Program Information

In-home child care businesses are urgently needed in your community.

Funding is currently available in Washington, Warren, and Hamilton Counties.

Start-Up Program may provide the following support:

  • Guidance through the licensing process
  • Providing and paying for state-required training
  • Start-up funds and guidance to update your home and program to meet state compliance
  • Opportunities to meet other child care providers
  • Program and business development
  • Offers ongoing training before and after receiving your license

For more specific information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Regina York at [email protected] or give our office a call at 518-798-7972

How to Start a Family Child Care Program in the Home

Download a PDF that explains the steps to becoming a registered family child care provider in New York.

Finances and Your New Child Care Business

Health and Safety is required by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to open a family or group family child care program.  Check our calendar for upcoming dates for the next series.

Health and Safety Training:

Our next Health and Safety Training dates will be September 19th, 20th and 22nd from 9am-3pm

To view out letter of interest with instructions on how to register: Health and Safety and Packet

  • Learn to provide safe and secure play-spaces for children from child development experts.
  • Prepare for situations such as fires and medical emergencies with proven methods that follow NYS regulations.
  • Learn your responsibilities as a mandated reporter of child abuse.
  • Provide a healthy environment by mastering infection control techniques, learning to conduct daily health checks, and keep accurate health histories.
  • To sign up for Health and Safety training please go to ECETP e-Learning
    1. Click on find training
    2. Enter the start date and click the box next to Health & Safety just below the start date
    3. Scroll down to find the correct training offered by Southern Adirondack Child Care Network.

How to Start a Child Care Center or School-Age Program

The Southern Adirondack Child Care Network provides support for people and organizations that are interested in starting a Child Care Center or School-Age Child Care programs in their communities. To obtain a registration, the applicant must show that the child care program meets requirements that the state has established to help ensure the health and safety of children in care.  For information on how to start a child care center or school-age program outside of your home, contact Regina York at [email protected] or call our office at 518-798-7972.


Contact Us

If you decide that opening a child care program is right for you, please call the Child Care Network at 518-798-7972 or toll-free 800-807-3224, send an email to [email protected] or contact us.

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