Child Care Services

Day care programs planning to serve three or more children for more than three hours a day on a regular basis are regulated by the Office of Children and Family Services and must be licensed or registered.

Several state and local inspections must be performed during this process. Local fire and building codes inspections, zoning approvals and health regulations must be met. All regulated child care providers must have prior experience caring for children and must receive ongoing training in areas such as health and safety, nutrition, and child abuse prevention to maintain a license.

Pre-Permit Orientation Session is required for all new applicants. You may schedule one through your borough’s office. Advanced Registration is required.

Please note some applications are not available online. The Pre-Permit Orientation Session may provide you with an application or further information on obtaining an application. If not, you may go in person to request one from the NYCDOH Bureau of Child Care located at:

125 Worth St. 9th floor
New York, N.Y. 10013
Phone: 212-788-4828
Fax: 347-396-8054
Before you are able to operate your Child Care Service you will need to obtain the following:
The mission of the Queens Economic Development Corporation is to help small businesses.  In view of the Coronavirus, we are taking the following steps:

  • Reboot & Restart is our webinar series commencing May 26.  These  free webinars with experts who will provide advice as businesses prepare to reopen.  
  • The Resource Guide details programs that  assist small businesses.  These include loans, grants and other aid available through Federal, State, City, and Private agencies. The Resource Guide can be accessed here. It is updated as we receive new information.
  • Assistance in filling out applications and all other client services can be done remotely. To request an appointment, email and you will be contacted within 24 hours.  Please know our office in Kew Gardens is closed.
  • The Entrepreneur Space Commercial Kitchen Incubator is fully operational and staff is taking additional steps to ensure that it is a safe environment for our clients. For more information, please call 718 392-0025.
  • The Queens Tourism Council is working with our cultural, recreational, restaurant and sporting communities to support them as best we can.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.  Be careful, help those who are vulnerable, wear your mask and wash your hands.


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