Getting Started

How to start a Family Child Care Program in the Home
Interested in starting a Family Child Care Program in your home?  The best way to begin is to schedule an orientation by contacting Kathy Bogdziewicz at 518-873-3207 Ext. 236.  At this free session information is provided on the requirements of the registration/licensing process, such as:

  • Fingerprinting
  • Required Health and Safety Training  classes
  • Child abuse background check
  • Avoiding common application mistakes
  • Initial home safety inspection

On-going Technical Assistance is also available by contacting Kathy at 518-873-3207 ext. 237 or email  ACAP Child Care Training Specialists can provide professional support using appropriate tools to help assess and improve the child care environment.

How to start a Child Care Center or School-Age Program
ACAP Child care provides support for people and organizations that are interested in starting a Child Care Center or School-Age Child Care programs in their communities.  To obtain a registration, the applicant must show that the child care program meets established requirements to help ensure the health and safety of children in care.  ACAP Child Care can provide application materials, information about the process of starting a program, help with understanding regulations, and required trainings.

For information on how to start a child care center or school-age program outside of your home, contact Kathy at 518-873-307 ext. 237 or email


There are many resources available to help potential providers in developing a quality child care program.  Click on the links below to find out more information on each topic.

Do You Suspect Abuse or Maltreatment?  
Report it Now By Calling the Child Abuse Hotline: at 1-800-342-3720