Types of Child Care

All children and families are unique and we are here to help you find a child care program that best fits your needs.  There are many types of child care to choose from, and there is no one-size-fits-all rule.  Our Parent Services Experts are available during business hours to give you information on the different types of child care programs or to answer your questions.  Call them at (315) 446-1220 ext. 303 or toll free (888) 729-7290.

No one type of program is necessarily better that any other type of program.  Ultimately, you are the best judge of which program will meet your child's needs.  Because there are so many options, it’s critical to do some research on what type of child care is available.  The following pages have brief descriptions of the different types of care to help you get started:

Licensed & Registered Child Care

Day Care Centers, Family Day Care Homes, Group Family Day Care Homes, School Age Child Care

Other Forms of Child Care 

Legally-Exempt, Informal Care/Nanny, Nursery Schools, Pre-Kindergarten, Head Start