The City provides information about opening and operating a day care center.

You can get the following information:

  • How to apply for a child care license or permit
  • Information about renewing a permit
  • Status of a permit application or renewal
  • Technical assistance in using the online permit system, including obtaining a PIN


Learn about opening and operating a child care program.

By Phone

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for assistance.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are not required for children and staff unless they are returning to child care after testing positive for COVID-19.

Vaccination is not required for children. 

Learn more about COVID-19 and child care programs.

Vaccine Mandate for City-Contracted Staff

COVID-19 vaccination is not required for children, but is required for staff.

City-contracted child care and after school staff must receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Some programs include:

  • 3-K
  • Pre-K
  • EarlyLearn Program
  • HomeBase Childcare
  • Afterschool Programs
  • Cornerstone Program
  • Beacon Program

To find a vaccination site, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine page.

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