Child Care Assistance

Important Child Care Assistance Information

There is no child care waiting list at this time.  However, if lack of funding becomes an issue, applicants will be placed on a waiting list in the order of their application date.  As funding becomes available, the applicants with the earliest application dates will be contacted to reapply.

Child Care Complaint Line

If you want to make a complaint against a child day care program, you may do so by calling 800-732-5207. This line operates Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

Child Abuse Hotline

Information regarding child abuse or maltreatment should be directed to the State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment at 800-342-3720. This line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


New York State Child Care Subsidy program assists families by removing a barrier to working, encouraging personal responsibility, and empowering individuals to make informed child care decisions.

How to Apply for Day Care Assistance

  • To apply, you may:
    • Call the agency at 315-366-2211 and ask for a day care packet.
    • Come into the agency and complete a day care questionnaire and be given a day care packet.
  • The packet must be completed and returned to the agency.
  • The date effective is the date the packet including application is received at the agency.

Who Are the Providers?

  • Informal - friend, neighbor, or relative who is enrolled with an enrollment agency
  • State Licensed - day care center, group/family day care

Is There a Family Share to Pay?

  • All families have a share of their child care cost based on the family size and household income.

Transitional Child Care Benefits

  • Any household eligible for child care benefits while receiving Temporary Assistance would be eligible for transitional child care assistance for one year, if they are otherwise eligible.

Eligibility Requirements

How do I Become a Day Care Provider?

Resources for Legally-Exempt Child Care Providers Regarding the Comprehensive Background Checks

Frequently Asked Questions

Group Provider Letter   

Provider Letter

 Child Care and Development Fund Plan        

Child Care and Development Fund Plan for NYS FFY 2022-2024