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  • 32% were cared for in licensed day care centers or registered school-age child care programs,

  • 22% were cared for in registered family day care homes or licensed group family day care homes, and

  • 46% were cared for in legally-exempt care, almost exclusively home-based settings. 56,520 legally-exempt child care providers served 97,033 subsidized children.

Licensed and Registered Programs All regulated programs must have at least one OCFS inspection prior to the issuance of a license or registration.15 Initial licenses and registrations are issued for a two-year period and renewed every two years thereafter. Prior to the renewal of a license or registration, an inspection is required. Social Services Law also requires that 50% of all registered family day care homes and school-age child care programs must be inspected annually. Additional inspections are conducted for purposes of monitoring corrective action plans, complaint investigations, and enforcement activities. Day care centers and some school-age child care programs are also required to obtain inspections and approvals from local authorities such as zoning/building, fire, and health. Home-based providers have not been routinely required to have inspections by local authorities.

The Division of Child Care Services collects information regarding day care programs and enters the data into the system of record called the Child Care Facility System (CCFS). The types of information retained in CCFS include, but are not limited to: program demographics (name, address, type of care), child capacity, authorization to administer medications, complaint information, criminal history results, database information from the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR), inspection information, and substantiated violations. Each inspection requires that a letter be produced and issued to the operator of the program within ten days from

the date of the inspection stating that the program is either in compliance or that

are violations. Violations must corrective action responses are regulations.

be corrected tracked until

within a specified time frame. the program is in compliance

there The with

As of October 2008, there was a total of 467 licensors and registrars conducting

inspections. Table 4 shows the number of staff conducting inspections by region. Table 4: Number of licensors and registrars by region as of October 2008. Source data: OCFS Child Care Facility System database.

Regional Office Location

#

Albany

53

Buffalo

57

Long Island

42

NYC Department of Health

160

Rochester

47

Spring Valley

48

Syracuse

60

Total

467

15 Child care centers and group family day care homes are licensed, while family day care and school age child care programs are registered. 16

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