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Documents for Child Care Professionals

OCFS Letters

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Resources for Child Care Professionals

  • The 21st CCLC Program is a key component of President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act. It is an opportunity for students and their families to continue to learn new skills and discover new abilities after the school day has ended.

  • The New York State Network for Youth Success is dedicated to building a youth-serving system that increases the quality and availability of afterschool and expanded learning programs.

  • Committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infant, children, adolescents and young adults.

  • Center for the Child Care Workforces advocates for public policy to restructure the early care and education delivery system to better address the issues of workforce recruitment and compensation, researches and documents the status and influences organizing strategies that emphasize a unified voice for early care and education teachers and providers

  • The New York State Office of Children and Family Services maintains a Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment for reports made pursuant to the Social Services Law.

  • Child Care Aware of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. They work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to quality, affordable child care.

  • The Office of Child Care supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children's learning by improving the quality of early care and education and afterschool programs.

  • The Children's Defense Fund Action Council™ mission is to Leave No Child Behind and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

  • Supporting early childhood education professionals worldwide in their efforts to craft thriving environments for children and adults.

  • The Council on Children and Families coordinates New York's health, education and human services systems as a means to provide more effective systems of care for children and families.

  • Leading America to better health, safety and well-being. Information on the Child Care and Development Block Grant, links to other Administrations on Children and Families sites and information within the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Dominican College offers six programs of study leading to the Master of Science degree (M.S. in Ed.) and to eligibility for New York State certification.

  • High quality early care and learning programs are critical to the healthy development of children and to the economic health of communities. The Early Care & Learning Council is a statewide organization that works to increase the quality, affordability and capacity of the early care and learning field and does so through training and technical assistance, data management and advocacy initiatives. Our programs are provided to and in partnership with our network of local Child Care Resource & Referral programs across New York State.

  • Welcome to Every Child Matters, a national nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of children and families by advocating for better public policy during federal and state campaigns.

  • Prepare for the upcoming flu season! American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have collaborated to produce a new influenza prevention and control handout (click the "Influenza Prevention and Control" heading). This handout includes information on the symptoms of influenza, how influenza is spread, the benefits of the influenza vaccine, and much more.

  • The purpose of this publication is to provide information (Name, Address and Child Care Provider's Taxpayer Identification Number) and signature if you plan on claiming child or dependent care expenses on your 1040.

  • The purpose of this publication is to provide information on figuring and claiming the deduction for business use of your home. It contains special rules for day care providers including standard meal and snack rates.

  • Childhood and Special Education programs available.

  • KidKare is a comprehensive, automated, Internet-based CACFP management system for Sponsors, State Agencies, and Providers.

  • Leviticus 25:23 Alternative Fund is driven by a mission to serve individuals and communities who are often forgotten, we use the capital we gather to finance homes as well as facilities for social service agencies, early learning and childcare centers, schools, primary healthcare centers, and businesses, all to strengthen communities and to provide new opportunities for low-income individuals and families.

  • List indexes of state and local sources of information on the World Wide Web and provides maps of every state. Also links to other Library of Congress information resources to to other government sites.

  • The Rockland County Department of Health regulates several solid waste programs to protect the public health and environment of Rockland County. The department enforces laws and sanitary codes in regards to the generation, separation, collection, transportation and disposal of waste in Rockland County.

  • The National AfterSchool Association is the voice of the afterschool profession. We are the national membership organization for professionals who work with and on behalf of children and youth during out-of-school time. NAA’s mission is to promote development, provide education and encourage advocacy for the out-of-school-time community to further the afterschool profession. We exist to inspire, connect and equip afterschool professionals.

  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community and 52 Affiliates, all committed to delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. Together, we work to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.

  • What began as an informal approach to providing child care as a way to support working parents, family child care providers today are making an intentional career choice to offer quality early care and education in their homes. NAFCC is dedicated to strengthening the profession of family child care by promoting high quality, professional early care and education and strengthening communities where providers live and work.

  • Since 1995, the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) has maintained and continues to develop national health and safety standards for early care and education settings, as compiled in Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs (CFOC).

  • The New York Association for the Education of Young Children’s mission is to promote excellence in early care and education services for NYS children and families through education, advocacy and the support of the profession.

  • This site provides an overview of the sex offender registration law and how the public can obtain information about sex offenders.

  • Family Resource Centers:
    Deliver flexible services responsive to community needs;
    Are universally available with no eligibility criteria;
    Provide welcoming and accessible places in the community;
    Offer comprehensive, varied, and integrated services;
    Link families to other local resources; and
    Partner with families and other community services.

  • The Office of Children and Family Services serves New York's public by promoting the well-being and safety of our children, families and communities. They achieve results by setting and enforcing policies, building partnerships, funding and providing quality services.

  • Learn about the Pyramid Model on the NYS Early Childhood Advisory Council's (ECAC) website. ECAC is comprised of experts in education, health care, child welfare and mental health. Members represent state agencies, advocacy groups, foundations, higher education, unions and other key organizations, as appointed by the Governor. This ensures that a diversity of perspectives and experiences inform their work.

  • Parents' Action for Children, a non-partisan organization founded by actor/director Rob Reiner, is mobilizing parents to stand up for policies that put children and families first.

  • Rockland 21C is a pioneering countywide partnership with children as our priority. Our mission is to ensure the best possible future for every child by building a comprehensive support system that links family, school and community. The bulk of our resources are utilized in supporting and sustaining the growing network of community schools developed by Yale University's Bush Center for Social Policy.

  • The three Associate’s Degrees in Liberal Arts and Sciences, (Early Childhood/Childhood/Adolescence) Teacher Education Transfer are especially designed for those students interested in transferring to four year programs leading to teacher certification in New York State.

  • The mission of the Rockland County Department of Social Services is to accurately and efficiently provide benefits and services to the people of Rockland County in a manner that promotes self-sufficiency, protects the venerable, and is recognized as being fair and responsive.

  • The official website of Rockland County, New York.

  • St. Thomas Aquinas College offers certified teachers the opportunity to advance their careers in a number of areas. Late afternoon classes enable teachers to take advantage of our MSEd programs.

  • Learn how health care professionals address common mental illnesses and substance use disorders and how SAMHSA helps people access treatments and services.

  • This site offers useful child care data, including information on child care costs and use of various child care arrangements.

  • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.

  • In 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln founded the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he called it the "people's Department." Fifty-eight percent of the people were farmers needing good seeds and information to grow their crops. Today, the USDA continues Lincoln's legacy and is committed to helping America's farmers and ranchers.

  • Zero To Three offers innovative learning opportunities for trainers, directors, supervisors and practitioners. Our research and practice-based training focuses on working with infants, toddlers and their families.