Worksite Child Care Centers Home Page
Worksite child care centers are hosted by numerous state agencies across New York to provide convenient, quality care at affordable rates for children of state employees.
What questions should I ask when I call about enrolling my child for summer camp?
- Do I need to enroll my child for the entire summer? Enrollment requirements vary at each center, some offering weekly and daily schedules, while others require your commitment to the camp's entire duration.
- Is lunch provided for my child? Some camps provide lunch while others require parents to provide a lunch.
- What time does camp begin? What time is pick-up? This will also vary, with some centers offering before and after camp care.
- Who are the staff that will be with the campers? In some centers they are using current staff members, while others use a combination of current and new staff. A background check is done on all staff and training is provided before they are allowed to supervise the campers.
- Will the children take field trips? All of the summer camps offer summer enrichment programs, sometimes all onsite, while others leave the center. What is offered depends on the location of the center and what is available in that area. The summer camps may provide swimming onsite or at public pools, special events including magicians, puppeteers, zoo animals, family picnics, musicians and trips to the zoo, library, museums, and parks.
The worksite centers listed below are providing camp programs this summer.
- Bright Beginnings in Queens Village at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center
- Brockport Child Development Center at SUNY Brockport
- Buffalo State College Child Care Center at Buffalo State College
- Bugbee Children’s Center at SUC Oneonta
- Campus and Community Children’s Center at SUNY Fredonia
- Campus Children’s Center at State Office Campus Harriman Building in Albany
- Care 4 Me at Fishkill Correction Center
- Carol A. Dunigan Day Care Center at State Office Campus Harriman Building in Albany
- Children’s Center at Farmingdale State University at SUNY Farmingdale
- Children’s Center at Morrisville State College
- Children’s Corner at State Education in Albany
- Cobleskill Campus Child Care Center at SUNY Cobleskill
- Delhi Campus Child Care at SUNY Delhi
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton Children’s Center at Willard Drug Treatment Center in Ovid
- Jellybean Junction at Buffalo Psychiatric Center
- SUNY Cortland Child Care Center
- Small Wonders Child Care Center at Suffolk State Office Building in Hauppauge
- University at Buffalo Child Care Center
For a complete list of NYS Worksite Child Care Centers, click on the child care center tab to the right of this article. Then click on the "Worksite child care center list" tab or www.worklife.ny.gov/childcare/centerlist.cfm
If you need more help finding summer camps, contact NYS-Balance at: 866-320-4760 or visit: www.nysbalance.ny.gov. Consultants are available to assist state employees 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
NYS Worksite Child Care Centers
The worksite child care centers are sponsored by the New York State Family Benefits Program. These worksite child care centers are licensed by the State of New York and many have achieved national accreditation, as indicated by the torch next to the center name in the descriptions that follow. Each is a separate not-for-profit organization with a volunteer board of directors, which sets policy and oversees the management of the program.
- Worksite child care center list
- Worksite child care centers description
- What do the worksite child care centers offer?
- NYS–Balance can help find child care
- Worksite school–age summer camps
- Welcome to the family
- Child care rates for state employees
- Paying for child care, the State can help!
- What state employees say about the centers
- The goals of the program
- What should parents look for in a child care program?
- Let’s Move Child Care
What do the worksite child care centers offer?
- Peace of mind that comes from having your child close by
- Hard-to-find infant care, part-time care, toddler, and preschool programs
- Summer day camp programs for school-age children at many centers
- Enrollment priority to children of state employees
- Trained care providers
- Stimulating programs designed to meet young children's needs
- Nutritious snacks and meals
- Assurance that your child is in a licensed program
- Opportunity for mothers to return to work yet continue nursing
- A not-for-profit management structure with opportunities for state employees to serve on a board
NYS-Balance can help find child care
Do you need a child care opening right away? You can call a NYS–Balance consultant anytime at 1–866–320–4760 for written referrals to the type of child care setting you prefer. And NYS–Balance will save you time by calling first to ensure that openings are available before sending you the referrals.
You can also call NYS–Balance or go online at www.nysbalance.ny.gov for parenting information on a wide range of topics for children of all ages. Your EAP coordinator will also help you find care and parenting resources.
Welcome to the Family Packet
Work-Life Services introduces the "Welcome to the Family Packet". Parenting is an exciting and challenging experience. Today's parents often face unique circumstances balancing their work and family responsibilities. As a New York State Executive Branch employee parent, you are entitled to several negotiated benefits designed to assist you with balancing work and life. The "Welcome to the Family Packet" will outline these benefits programs as well as provide educational child care and parenting brochures. We invite you to request a "Welcome to the Family Packet" if you are expecting or recently added to your family through the birth or adoption of a child. Email your request along with your name and home address to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Parenthood, it's not a job. It's an adventure" – –author unknown
Child care rates for state employees
Although not required, many of the worksite child care centers offer a special rate for children of New York State employees who are covered by the collective bargaining agreements. Rates vary with each child care center. To obtain current rates, please contact the center directly.
Paying for Child Care, the State Can Help!
As the result of the collective bargaining agreements, certain state employees are eligible for an Employer Contribution of up to $800 per year when they enroll in the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAcount). This Employer Contribution is an important benefit that helps state employees with expenses for child care, elder care, or care for a disabled dependent. The DCAAccount also saves state employees money by allowing them to set aside up to $5,000 per household in pre-tax salary to pay for dependent care expenses. Those who enroll in the DCAAccount never pay taxes on the amount they set aside for eligible child care expenses.
If you and your spouse are both state employees, you may both enroll in the Dependent Care Advantage Account and you may both be eligible for an Employer Contribution based on individual salary.
The DCAAccount is a simple and convenient way of putting tax dollars back in your pocket, and with the Employer Contribution you can save more than ever. If you miss the annual fall open enrollment period, you may still be eligible to join. Call to see if you are eligible to enroll under a Change In Status. Dial 1-800-458-7202, then press 2, or go to the web site at: www.flexspend.ny.gov
What employees say about the NYS Worksite Child Care Centers
"After becoming a mother, Stony Brook Child Care saved me. They gave me the privilege to return to my life as a working adult during part of the day. I never worried about my children when they were at the center. I knew not only that they were being well cared for, but that they were being treasured! And because I had that time away from them to ’be an adult’, when I was reunited with my children each afternoon, I was happier, able to focus on their needs and pleasures. I believe the availability of such wonderful child care made me both a better parent and a better worker."
Marci L., UUP, SUNY @ Stony Brook
"As NYS workers, First Step Day Care, Inc. has been a godsend to us. The convenience of having our grandsons in the same building while we work brings much comfort in knowing they are in good hands, as well as being able to visit whenever we want to. The staff at First Step is exceptional with so much love and attention shown to each and every child. The atmosphere is a positive one that includes a great learning environment for all ages. Thank you First Step for being there for us! We don’t know what we would do without you!"
Sue and Al S., M/C and CSEA, Department of Environmental Conservation, Watertown
"My son began attending the University at Buffalo Child care center when he was 3 months old. There is no way I could function at my job if I didn’t think he was in the best of hands. You can see in how the center staff interacts with each child that they really care about all of them — and the kids love them back! It has never felt like they’re just doing a job, but more like a labor of love. My son is now 2 years old and I take great comfort knowing he is safe, happy, learning, and having loads of fun while I am at work."
Michele B., UUP, SUNY @ Buffalo
The goals of the program
The worksite child care centers were established as a result of collective bargaining to encourage full participation of parents in the workforce, reduce the rate of unplanned absenteeism and tardiness on the job, improve morale and the quality of work life, recruit and retain employees, and serve as a model and resource to other employers.
What should parents look for in a child care program?Work-Life Services understands the importance of evaluating and choosing a quality caregiving situation for your child. We recommend the following publications produced by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). OCFS offers brochures containing tips, resources, and checklists of important information to look for during your visit. To download the brochures, click on direct OCFS link below. For infant and toddler care: http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/publications/Pub1115B.pdf For 3-5 year old care: http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/publications/Pub1115C.pdf For school-age care: http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/publications/Pub1115D.pdf For other OCFS publications: www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/publications
Let's Move! Child Care™
Because childhood obesity is a growing problem, Work-Life Services is encouraging the NYS worksite child care centers to participate in the First Lady's national campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle for children called Let's Move! Child Care™. The five program goals are to:
Get kids moving
Reduce screen time
Make nutrition fun
Offer healthier beverages
Support infant feeding
Parents and child care center staff can find more information at www.healthykidshealthyfuture.org including being a role model, menu planning, and a checklist for child care centers.