Quality child care strengthens and enriches family life, gives children opportunities to develop to their full potential and allows parents to be more efficient and productive in their workplace.

Getting Started

Interested in starting a day care program? Our agency can guide you through the process.

Provider Resources

Learn about available support services, access resources for child care providers, and obtain a QUALITYstarsNY rating or NAEYC Accreditation.

Training Requirements

Each person responsible for developing, directing and supervising the daily activities and programs for children and each employee must complete a minimum of thirty (30) hours of training every two years.

Child Care Food Program

The Child Development Council sponsors the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for home child care programs in Tompkins County.

Childcare Forms

Download and print a variety of forms for child care providers and families.

Child Development Today

Read our quarterly newsletter for child care providers.