In the News: Health Department website helps parents easily find information on safe, affordable child care centers and camps in their neighborhood

GHHEditor March 28th

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene launches their new and improved NYC Child Care Connect website.

This site acts as a gateway for parents and guardians to find the most current Child Care Program Directory list as well as connecting them to a new free child care messaging service.

What makes this directory unique is that it allows parents and caregivers to search for child care centers and summer camps in their surrounding neighborhood and compare these sites to surrounding areas with just a click of a button. Additionally, all child care centers listed are either city-funded or accept vouchers from the NYC Administration of Children’s Services. These enhancements empower parents and caregivers to stay informed and make sure their children are in a stimulating, nurturing, and safe environment.

As Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett states, “We expect child care centers in the City to maintain the highest standards of health and safety, and NYC Child Care Connect will provide more transparency and help people find a center that best meets their child’s needs.”

NYC Child Care Connect

The NYC Child Care Connect offers clearer and more user-friendly online navigation. Besides offering a list of centers and their recent inspection reports, the new Program Directory provides a three-year performance summary to show additional information about the center and its staff. This includes turnover rates among employees and their annual inspection reports, and any violations and compares them to the citywide average.

Free text and email messaging service 

The free text and email messaging service gives parents the option to sign up for updates about a particular center, and about changes in child care regulations and resources. The service alerts parents and caregivers to recent inspection reports, the latest programs in their area, tips on selecting a child care center meeting their needs, and other public health announcements.

To view the available list of child care providers and sign up for NYC Child Care Connect, click here.

For more information, call 311 or search “NYC Child Care Connect”. 

Click here to read the full press release.

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