Catholic Charities of Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie County

Child Care Services

176 Main Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 432-0061

Day Care Registrar:
Cindy Drake | E-Mail

Legally Exempt Enrollment / CACFP:
Vicki Fatum | E-Mail

Summer Food Service Program:
Christy Houck | E-Mail

Child Care Services

Catholic Charities is the Registrar for Family Day Care Homes and School Age Child Care programs in Otsego County. We are the Sponsor for the Child and Adult Care Food Program in Otsego County. In addition, we enroll Legally Exempt child care providers within Otsego County.

Services provided:

If you are a parent looking for child care in Otsego County, please visit the Schoharie County Community Action Program website for child care resource and referral information.

Day Care Registration

As a general rule, any day care program planning to serve three or more children for more than three hours a day on a regular basis must obtain a license or registration. To obtain this license or registration, the applicant must show that the day care program meets requirements that the state has established to help ensure the health and safety of children in care. Once licensed or registered, compliance with the requirements must be monitored and maintained. In Otsego County, registered Family Day Care and School Age Child Care is coordinated through Child Care Services of Catholic Charities.

If you are or know of a child care provider or program that is in need of information regarding the regulations or becoming registered, please contact us or visit the Office of Children and Family Services - Division of Child Care Services.

If you are in need of required child care training, please visit the Professional Development Program website for a variety of on-line training options and information regarding Medication Administration training.

Legally Exempt Child Care Enrollment

Legally Exempt Child Care is care provided for one or two children who are not the provider's own children. Catholic Charities processes enrollment applications for and conducts inspections on Legally Exempt providers who receive child care subsidy payments through the Department of Social Services. For more information on Legally Exempt Child Care, please contact us or visit the Office of Children and Family Services - Division of Child Care Services.

Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Child and Adult Care Food Progam (CACFP) reimburses for meals and snacks served to children up to age 13 enrolled in child care homes. The major focus of CACFP is to serve nutritious meals and snacks in child care homes which care mainly for children from low income households. However, all day care home providers meeting eligibility guidelines may take part in CACFP whether or not they care for children from low income households.

Catholic Charities is the CACFP sponsoring organization for child care homes in Otsego County. As the sponsor, we provide recruitment, technical assistance and nutrition training. We review monthly attendance and menus, monitor child care programs and distribute monthly reimbursement checks.

For more information on the Child and Adult Care Food Program please visit the New York State Department of Health - CACFP page.

The new CACFP Infant and Child Meal Patterns go into effect on October 1, 2017. Click the image below for information on the upcoming changes.

Summer Food Service Program

During the school year a large number of children receive free and reduced-lunches through their school lunch programs. However, when the school year ends food insecurity becomes prevalent amongst school aged children. The Summer Food Service Program helps alleviate the nutritional gap and makes meals accessible to all children through 18 years of age.

Catholic Charities sponsors, with the support of the First United Presbyterian Church of Oneonta (the Red Door Church), the Summer Food Service Program in Neawha Park in the City of Oneonta. This site is open to ALL children through the age of 18. Lunches are served Monday - Friday from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm during the months of July and August. There are no income requirements and no information will be collected from those being served.

Volunteer opportunities exist for this program.  Please see the volunteer page for more information.

For more information on starting a summer food program or finding a food site in your area, please visit the USDA Food and Nutrition website.

The Summer Food Service Program is funded in part by the United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties.

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