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Worksite child care centers are hosted by numerous state agencies across New York to provide convenient, quality care at affordable rates for children of state employees.

NYS Worksite Child Care Centers

The NYS worksite child care centers were established to enable parents to more fully participate in the workforce and to be more engaged and productive at work, recruit and retain employees, and serve as a model and resource to other employers. The worksite child care centers also offer parents peace of mind that comes from having their child close by in a quality program.

The worksite child care centers are licensed by the State of New York and many have achieved national accreditation, as indicated by the torch next to the worksite child care center name in the descriptions below. Each worksite child care center is a separate not-for-profit organization with a volunteer board of directors that sets policy and oversees the management of the program. Enrollment priority is given to children of state employees.

What do the worksite child care centers offer?

  • Peace of mind that comes from having your child close by
  • Hard-to-find infant care, part-time care, toddler, and preschool programs
  • Summer day camp programs for school-age children at many centers
  • Enrollment priority to children of state employees
  • Trained care providers
  • Stimulating programs designed to meet young children's needs
  • Nutritious snacks and meals
  • Assurance that your child is in a licensed program
  • Opportunity for mothers to return to work yet continue nursing
  • A not-for-profit management structure with opportunities for state employees to serve on a board

Paying for Child Care, the State Can Help!

As the result of the collective bargaining agreements, certain state employees are eligible for an Employer Contribution of up to $800 per year when they enroll in the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAcount). This Employer Contribution is an important benefit that helps state employees with expenses for child care, elder care, or care for a disabled dependent. The DCAAccount also saves state employees money by allowing them to set aside up to $5,000 per household in pre-tax salary to pay for dependent care expenses. Those who enroll in the DCAAccount never pay taxes on the amount they set aside for eligible child care expenses.

If you and your spouse are both state employees, you may both enroll in the Dependent Care Advantage Account and you may both be eligible for an Employer Contribution based on individual salary.

The DCAAccount is a simple and convenient way of putting tax dollars back in your pocket, and with the Employer Contribution you can save more than ever. If you miss the annual fall open enrollment period, you may still be eligible to join. Call to see if you are eligible to enroll under a Change In Status. Dial 1-800-458-7202, then press 2, or go to the web site at:

Child care rates for state employees

Although not required, many of the worksite child care centers offer a special rate for children of New York State employees who are covered by the collective bargaining agreements. Rates vary with each child care center. To obtain current rates, please contact the center directly.

Welcome to the Family Packet

Work-Life Services introduces the "Welcome to the Family Packet". Parenting is an exciting and challenging experience. Today's parents often face unique circumstances balancing their work and family responsibilities. As a New York State Executive Branch employee parent, you are entitled to several negotiated benefits designed to assist you with balancing work and life. The "Welcome to the Family Packet" will outline these benefits programs as well as provide educational child care and parenting brochures. We invite you to request a "Welcome to the Family Packet" if you are expecting or recently added to your family through the birth or adoption of a child. Email your request along with your name and home address to:

"Parenthood, it's not a job. It's an adventure" – –author unknown

What should parents look for in a child care program?

Work-Life Services understands the importance of evaluating and choosing a quality caregiving situation for your child. We recommend the following publications produced by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). OCFS offers brochures containing tips, resources, and checklists of important information to look for during your visit. To download the brochures, click on direct OCFS link below.

For infant and toddler care:
For 3-5 year old care:
For school-age care:
For other OCFS publications:


QUALITYstarsNY is a quality rating and improvement system for child care programs which includes a rigorous evaluation of the learning environment, family engagement, staff qualifications and experience, and management leadership of a child care center. Work-Life Services encourages all state worksite child care centers to participate in QUALITYstarsNY, which provides parents with easy-to-compare information about the quality of local early learning and development programs to help make the best choice of care for their child. For additional information:

Additional Resources

Special Education - New York State Education Department - list of 14 NYS special education technical assistance centers, information on the Early Childhood Directions Centers (ECDC's) with resources on autism spectrum disorder, parent's guide to special education, early intervention programs, questions and answers about special education

New York State Office of Children and Family Services - data base of all licensed child care programs, information on the child care subsidy program and link to all county social services departments

Selecting child care is an important step in the life of your child. To learn more about choosing child care, download an informative brochure.

American Academy of Pediatrics - information on breastfeeding, discipline, vaccines, car safety, children's use of media, and safe sleep

Healthy Children - American Academy of Pediatrics - information on stages of childhood development, data base to search for pediatricians, immunization schedules, nutrition, symptom checker

Prevent Child Abuse New York - resources on parenting programs, prevention, and a parent helpline

NYS Parent Guide - A parent guide provided by NYS Council on Children and Families. Tips to build a nurturing and healthy relationship with children

New York State Parenting Education Partnership - resources for new parents and support meetings for parents

Special Education - New York State Education Department
To ensure that school-age and preschool children with disabilities achieve the knowledge and skills necessary to live independent and self-directed lives.

Adult Career and Continuing Ed Services - New York State Education Department
Assisting individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living.

What employees say about the NYS Worksite Child Care Centers

"After becoming a mother, Stony Brook Child Care saved me. They gave me the privilege to return to my life as a working adult during part of the day. I never worried about my children when they were at the center. I knew not only that they were being well cared for, but that they were being treasured! And because I had that time away from them to ’be an adult’, when I was reunited with my children each afternoon, I was happier, able to focus on their needs and pleasures. I believe the availability of such wonderful child care made me both a better parent and a better worker."
Marci L., UUP, SUNY @ Stony Brook

"As NYS workers, First Step Day Care, Inc. has been a godsend to us. The convenience of having our grandsons in the same building while we work brings much comfort in knowing they are in good hands, as well as being able to visit whenever we want to. The staff at First Step is exceptional with so much love and attention shown to each and every child. The atmosphere is a positive one that includes a great learning environment for all ages. Thank you First Step for being there for us! We don’t know what we would do without you!"
Sue and Al S., M/C and CSEA, Department of Environmental Conservation, Watertown

"My son began attending the University at Buffalo Child care center when he was 3 months old. There is no way I could function at my job if I didn’t think he was in the best of hands. You can see in how the center staff interacts with each child that they really care about all of them — and the kids love them back! It has never felt like they’re just doing a job, but more like a labor of love. My son is now 2 years old and I take great comfort knowing he is safe, happy, learning, and having loads of fun while I am at work."
Michele B., UUP, SUNY @ Buffalo

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