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The information provided on this page is a basic outline of New York Child Care requirements that pertain to the design and construction of Child Care Facilities in the State of New York. This information is a brief synopsis and does not include all of the detailed requirements needed to satisfy the governing authorities for Child Care Licensing, Building Code, Fire Code, Accessibility, or local Zoning. These guidelines are for general information and planning purposes. Contact the governing authority directly or engage a Licensed Architect to complete a full analysis of your school location.

NEW YORK Child Care Licensing Requirements

Child Care license obtained from:

NYS OCFS Division of Child Care Services

South Building, Room 309, 52 Washington Street, Rensselaer, NY 12144-2796

https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/regs/418-1-DCC.pdf

(518) 474-9454

License renewal is required every two years.

Indoor Space Requirements: 35 sf per Child

  

<6 Weeks

6 Weeks –

18 Mos.

18-36 Mos.

3

Years

4

Years

5

Years

6-9

Years

10-12

Years

Required

Teacher:Child Ratio

1:3

1:4

1:5

1:7

1:8

1:9

1:10

1:15

Required

Max. Group Size

6

8

12

18

21

24

20

30

Recommended 

Classroom Capacity

6

8

10

14

16

18

20

30

Recommended 

Staff per Classroom

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Recommended 

Min. Classroom Area

210 sf.

280 sf.

350 sf.

490 sf.

560 sf.

630 sf.

700 sf.

1050 sf.

Outdoor Space Recommendation: 75 sf per Child

  • Ground level play area must be enclosed by a 5′ high climb-proof fence.
  • If the building is permitted to have a child care center on the top floor, then the roof may be considered for a playground.
  • Roof top used as playground must be enclosed with a 10′ high fence with an extension angled 45 degrees inward towards play area.
  • There needs to be two separate means of egress from the roof for evacuation purposes.  The fire escape cannot be considered a means of egress.

Building Code Requirements

child care child toilet child care adult toilet child care drinking fountain child care mop sink child care bath tub

CHILD

FIXTURES

ADULT

FIXTURES

DRINKING FOUNTAINS

MOP

SINK

BATH TUB/

SHOWER

1:​15

1:50

1:100

1

1

2007 Uniform Code

Fire Code Requirements

3

No child care allowed above the third floor.  No infant and toddler care above ground level.

30

Evacuation drills must be conducted at least monthly during the hours of operation.

3,000

One fire extinguisher for every 3,000 square feet of space.

2015 International Fire Code

Did you know . . .

child care no cell phone use The use of electronic devices for personal and social entertainment be caregivers is prohibited. child care on cell phone The use of electronic devices for necessary communications directly related to the childcare program is allowable. child care phone Do not block in-coming calls from parents, representatives of the office or agents of the state or local government during the hours of operation of the center.

To access New York Child Care requirements along with other states please see our interactive Child Care Requirements US map here.

Research completed by Calbert Design Group, LLC.  Updated 2017