Child Care Resources of Rockland offers consulting services to employers interested in establishing an on or near site child care center.
Needs assessment of your employees
Committing to the establishment of an employer-sponsored child care center is a major undertaking both in time and funds. The first and most important step is to ascertain the current needs of the employees and to forecast future demand. We will conduct an in-depth survey to determine the demographics of your employees (how many are parents or are of childbearing age, where they live, etc.) and their child care preferences and expectations.
Identification of appropriate space
A two-step process that involves:
1) touring and assessing available space for suitability as a child care center; and,
2) estimating the number of children that can be served and the most effective plan for maximizing use of space in accommodating them.
Initial Development Activities
Utilizing the needs assessment survey, Child Care Resources of Rockland will be able to ascertain the ages of children to be served, numbers of children and number of groups. Suggestions on a center lay-out, built-ins and playground requirements will be proposed that will offer a developmentally appropriate environment for children.
Arrange for Government Inspections
During the process of opening a child care center there are local, county and state regulations with which you will need to be familiar with and comply with. We will navigate you through the offices of the Building Department, Fire Marshall, Zoning Board, Health Department and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (licensing agency for child care).
In making your decision about opening a child care center for your employees, it is important to be able to anticipate realistic initial expenses and an operating budget. Based on the various configurations and alterations needed on the site selected, a start-up budget will be created that includes construction costs, permits, classroom, kitchen and playground equipment, supplies, etc. In addition, based on a potential licensing capacity, an operating budget will be presented that takes into consideration current market rates and current salaries. Child Care Resources of Rockland will provide you with the most up-to-date information in this regard as it is constantly updating and researching the state of child care in Rockland County.
Assistance in selecting a vendor to operate the center
With our wide network and familiarity with child care center operators, Child Care Resources of Rockland will help you develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) which will be sent to experienced and quality-proven operators. We will see the process through to conclusion by responding to questions and requests for more information from the potential vendors. A thorough analysis of the proposals, including compliance with all regulatory requirements as well as financial capability, will be made with a recommendation for selection of an operator.
Technical assistance for an employer-operated center
There are times when an employer may choose to operate an on-site child care center. We can provide hands-on assistance from planning to the opening of the center. This would include (in addition to the above): completion of the licensing application for submission to New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS); development of appropriate facility design; identification of resources for liability insurance; assistance in advertising for and hiring of the most-qualified director of the program. Of course, Child Care Resources of Rockland would be involved in trouble shooting and overcoming obstacles to the final licensing and opening of the center.
Child Care Resources of Rockland, Inc. is confident in its ability to assist you in having the quality child care center that best represents your organization. If you are interested in this type of employer contract, please call us at (877) 425-0009.