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Starting a Child Care Business: Start Up Basics

Regulations and Resources for starting an in-home child care center

New York State Regulations and Requirements

Child care services in Brooklyn and all of New York are administrated by New York State Office of Children and Family Services (NY OCFS.) Following are essential pages from NYW OCFS website that explain the different types of child care programs and the state's requirements for each.

New York State Office of Children and Family Services


Business Advice from Online Articles
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Legal Guide to Starting a Child Care Business in New York - Child Care Business Plan


Start Up Assistance and Advice
Useful guidance on how to start and operate a child care business.

 Business Outreach Center Childcare Project
This project helps providers develop and enhance their home-based childcare businesses through services and support, including individualized start-up and operations assistance, practical business training, free legal assistance, free tax assistance and more.

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CUNY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
Support for providers with emphasis on education and quality care.   Valuable resources for informal providers; check out the newsletter and consider coaching through the C.A.R.E. program.

    NYC Child Care Resource and Referral Consortium
A group of five child care organizations which offers information on starting and operating a home based business as well as information on Start-up and Health and Safety grants. Assistance also includes help with certification and licensing. 888- 469-5999.

Child Care Aware
The US Administration for Families and Children's Office of Child Care offers resources and links to information on every aspect of running a quality child care business. 
Fact sheet with useful information and statistics on child care in New York State

Day Care Council of New York, Inc.
DCC provides labor relations and mediation services, child care referral services, trainings, and technical assistance to new providers. Their services include the James C. Hall Family Day Care Network that provides training to family child care providers.
They also provide pricing guidelines:

First Children’s Finance  
Provides financing, training and business-development assistance to child care businesses.