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NYS Network Child Care Centers

A Joint Labor-Management program providing quality care with enrollment priority given to state employees
NYS Network Child Care Centers

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NYS Network Child Care Centers

The NYS Network Child Care Centers program is a joint labor-management program that benefits New York State employees by enhancing employee wellbeing, increasing productivity, and improving morale in the workplace. The NYS Network Child Care Centers program is funded through the collective bargaining agreements between the State of New York and the public employee unions: CSEA, PEF, UUP, NYSCOPBA, GSEU, Council 82, and DC-37. The Governor’s Office of Employee Relations contributes on behalf of management/confidential employees.

The NYS Network Child Care Centers were established to enable parents to more fully participate in the workforce and to be more engaged and productive at work, recruit and retain employees, and serve as a model and resource to other employers. The child care centers also offer parents peace of mind that comes from having their child close by in a quality program.

The NYS Network Child Care Centers are licensed by the State of New York and many have achieved national accreditation. Each child care center is a separate not-for-profit organization with a volunteer board of directors that sets policy and oversees the management of the program. Enrollment priority is given to children of state employees.

NYS Network Child Care Centers List

NYS Network Child Care Center Descriptions

An alphabetical description of the NYS Network Child Care Centers.

What NYS Network Child Care Centers Offer

  • Enrollment priority to children of state employees
  • Enrollment to community members when space is available
  • Staff who hold bachelor’s or master’s degrees
  • Assurance that your child is in a licensed program
  • Peace of mind that comes from having your child close by
  • Developmentally appropriate programming for infants, toddlers, and preschool children
  • Program participation in QUALITYstarsNY (New York State's Quality Rating & Improvement System for early childhood programs)
  • Flexible schedules so infants nap and eat according to their own needs, not on a group schedule
  • Summer day camp programs for school-age children at many centers
  • Stimulating programs designed to meet young children's needs
  • Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) programs offered at many centers
  • Nutritious snacks and meals
  • 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

What Parents Should 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.

Paying for Child Care

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 (DCAAccount). 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. Contact us to see if you are eligible to enroll under a Change In Status. Call 1-800-358-7202, then press 2, or go to the web site at:

Family Packet Information

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: [email protected].

"Parenthood, it's not a job. It's an adventure" – –author unknown


QUALITYstarsNY is a quality rating and improvement system for child care programs which includes a rigorous evaluation of the learning environment, family engagement, staff qualifications and experience, and management leadership of a child care center. Work-Life Services encourages all NYS Network Child Care Centers to participate in QUALITYstarsNY, which provides parents with easy-to-compare information about the quality of local early learning and development programs to help make the best choice of care for their child. For additional information:

Additional Resources

Special Education - New York State Education Department - list of 14 NYS special education technical assistance centers, information on the Early Childhood Directions Centers (ECDC's) with resources on autism spectrum disorder, parent's guide to special education, early intervention programs, questions and answers about special education

To ensure that school-age and preschool children with disabilities achieve the knowledge and skills necessary to live independent and self-directed lives.


New York State Office of Children and Family Services - data base of all licensed child care programs, information on the child care subsidy program and link to all county social services departments

Selecting child care is an important step in the life of your child. To learn more about choosing child care:


American Academy of Pediatrics - information on breastfeeding, discipline, vaccines, car safety, children's use of media, and safe sleep


Healthy Children - American Academy of Pediatrics - information on stages of childhood development, data base to search for pediatricians, immunization schedules, nutrition, symptom checker


Prevent Child Abuse New York resources on parenting programs, prevention, and a parent helpline


NYS Parent Guide - A parent guide provided by NYS Council on Children and Families. Tips to build a nurturing and healthy relationship with children


New York State Parenting Education Partnership - resources for new parents and support meetings for parents


Adult Career and Continuing Ed Services - New York State Education Department

Assisting individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living.

Contact NYS Work-Life Services

Contact us by phone:
Telephone:  518-473-8091
Contact us by email:
Mailing Address:

NYS Work-Life Services

2 Empire State Plaza, 11th Floor

Albany, NY 12223