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John F. O'Neill
Commissioner
Address:
3085 Veterans Memorial Hwy
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Phone: (631) 854-9930

Emergency Services (After 4:30 PM & Weekends, Holidays): (631) 854-9100 

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Child Care Services

Child Care Services: (631) 854-3349 Child Care Services FAQ's

The Suffolk County Department of Social Services provides free or low cost subsidized child care services for eligible families residing in Suffolk County.

Child care is available for children, between the ages of 6 weeks through 12 years in licensed day care centers, school age child care programs, group family day care homes, registered family day care homes, and legally exempt/informal child care programs. NOTE: Children with special needs may be able to receive subsidized child care through 18 years of age.

Families must meet income and program eligibility criteria to be eligible for a child care subsidy. All individuals applying for a child care subsidy must complete an application and submit supporting documentation.

CLICK HERE for more information about Suffolk County’s subsidized child care program including:

  • Descriptions of the program and income eligibility criteria.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions.
  • A Child Care Eligibility Wizard where you can quickly check YOUR family’s program and income eligibility.
  • Links to the child care application, instructions for completing the application and additional forms that may be required based on your family’s circumstances.

If you decide to apply for child care services, please view the following three booklets (available in English or Spanish (SP)) to find out what you should know about your rights and responsibilities and available services:

4148A Your Rights and Responsibilities Booklet 1

4148A-SP Your Rights and Responsibilities Booklet 1

4148B What You Should Know About Social Service Programs Booklet 2

4148B-SP What You Should Know About Social Service Programs Booklet 2

4148C What You Should Know If You Have An Emergency Booklet 3

4148C-SP What You Should Know If You Have An Emergency Booklet 3

 

For additional information about child care services in New York State, visit: www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/childcare/