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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.

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.

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

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:

"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:

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:
For 3-5 year old care:
For school-age care:
For other OCFS 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 including being a role model, menu planning, and a checklist for child care centers.

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