Chemung County Child Care Council is a United Way Partnership Agency

The Chemung County Child Care Council, Inc. (5C’s)

is a private not-for-profit resource and referral agency which, through it’s leadership, actively promotes affordable, accessible, available, quality child care programs for children by means of it’s advocacy, education and coordination efforts. The vision of the Child Care Council is “Universal Quality Child Care”. The Child Care Council provides services for Parents, Child Care Providers/Programs & Community/Employers.

The agency has many components including:

  • Administration of the Child Adult Care Food Program
  • Administration of the Child Care Subsidy System
  • Child Care Resource and Referral
  • Professional Development for the Child Care Industry
  • Support Services for the Child Care Industry
  • Resource for Employers, Elected Officials and the Community at large
  • Infant/Toddler Technical Assistance Services

The Child Care Council will be closed on the following holidays:

  • Memorial Day – 5/30/16
  • 4th of July – 7/4/16
  • Labor Day – 9/5/16
  • Columbus Day – 10/10/16
  • Veteran’s Day – 11/11/16
  • Thanksgiving – 11/24/16 & 11/25/16
  • Christmas – 12/23/16 – 12/31/16

The Child Care Council is a Key Partner in the Chemung County School Readiness Project.

The Council is supported with funding from:


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The Chemung County Child Care Council provides a free child care referral service to persons seeking child care in Chemung County. The Council uses a database which includes legally operating child care programs that meet the NYS requirements for the type of care they provide.

A person can get referrals of potential programs by visiting the Council office, calling the office at 734-3941 or by completing the on-line referral form.

The Council also has resources and information to assist persons in understanding the NYS child care regulations, what to look for in a quality child care program, child care subsidy information, child development and community resources.

Looking for and securing quality child care takes time. We recommend that parents visit potential child care programs to meet with the staff and ask questions about what they offer for children and to observe the environment.

Programs must display their license or registration. If there are any restrictions on the program the license or registration would indicate this.

A person can get referrals of potential programs by visiting the Council office, calling the office at 734-3941 or by completing the on-line referral form.

Are you interested in having your own in-home business? Do you enjoy working with children and parents? Do you believe that children need to be in an environment that meets their needs? If you believe you have the heart and skills to provide quality child care program in your home you may want to consider becoming a regulated Day Care Provider.

The Child Care Council can assist you by:

  • Providing an Information Session where you can learn about the process and the NYS regulations
  • Help you through the process by helping you understand the requirements for you home as well as operating your day care as a business.
  • Provide training needed to maintain your license/registration. There is a fee for most trainings. NYS offers scholarships for training. The Council can provide you with more information on applying for these scholarships
  • Provide materials to help you meet the health and safety requirements (based on availability of funds)
  • Connect you with the local Family Day Care Association.
  • Once registered or licensed we will add your program to our referral data base and provide your information to parents that contact us looking for child care.

The Child Care Council serves as the Registrar for Family Day Care Homes in Chemung County.  NYS Office of Children and Family Services issues the registration and license.

If you would like to review the NYS regulations you can visit the NYS Office of Children and Families website at and click on the words “child care”.

The Child Care Council administers the Child Care Subsidy Program for Chemung County. The funding for this program is from the Federal, State and local governments. Provision of this service is based on the available funding and parent’s eligibility.

If you are working and need assistance paying for child care you can visit the Council office or call us at 734-3941 to find out if you might be eligible. Eligibility is based on family size and gross income.

A waiting list is put in place when there are not enough funds to meet the need. If this is the event when you contact us you may complete a waiting list application.

To apply for child care subsidies you would need to complete and application and provide the required documentation. All parents have a “parent fee” which must be paid to the child care program. The child care program then submits bills for the balance of the child care fee. The County issues checks directly to the child care program for reimbursement for subsidized child care.

The Council and County work in partnership to detect and prevent fraud in the child care subsidy program. Parents and/or providers who receive assistance by providing fraudulent information or services are subject to a fraud investigation and potential legal action.