Childcare

Children explore through learning in WHEDco's programs

Improving the quality of childcare through a proven business model!

WHEDco helps women build and grow successful home-based childcare businesses throughout the city, while improving the quality of childcare available to New Yorkers.

Quality childcare during a child’s first five years is crucial to future academic success, and can even mitigate some of poverty’s detrimental effects. Our work has been featured in the New York Times as an impactful program that lays the foundation for structured learning for children and supports home-based childcare providers throughout the city to become trained and licensed.


For Providers: Home-based Childcare Network and Training Institute

WHEDco works with both licensed and legally exempt childcare providers to ensure safety and nutritional standards are met for children during the most crucial stage of cognitive development.

Licensed Providers
In New York State, a license is required to care for three or more unrelated children in your home. Licensed providers are offered ongoing professional development classes to sustain and grow their businesses, and have the opportunity to join WHEDco’s childcare network. Our network is a professional affiliation for childcare providers that offers technical assistance, parent referrals, and access to nutrition programs like the Child and Adult Care Food Program CACFP
Legally Exempt Providers
Caring for fewer than three unrelated children does not require a license. WHEDco manages registration centers throughout New York City that screen more than 45,000 legally exempt childcare providers to enforce health and safety standards and ensure providers have no child-related criminal history. WHEDco also helps legally exempt providers secure state subsidies, while offering them access to comprehensive professional development training and licensing assistance to improve the quality or care they provide, increase revenues, and open fully licensed childcare businesses. Click here for our hub office locations.

Providers, CLICK HERE for information about licensing, training and more.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Click here to read an important notice for legally-exempt providers, and new pre-service health and safety training requirements.

AVISO IMPORTANTE: Oprima aquí para leer un aviso importante para los proveedores de cuidado infantil legalmente exentos, y los nuevos requisitos de capacitación pre-servicio en las áreas de salud y seguridad.


For Parents: Explore your Childcare Options

Through its Home-Based Childcare Program (HBCC), WHEDco works with families to help them explore options, determine their eligibility for subsidies, and provide orientation on how to select the right caregiver for their needs.

We match parents and licensed childcare providers to place children in nurturing home-based day care businesses, where they can develop to their full potential and prepare for a smooth transition to Head Start or Pre-K programs.

Parents, CLICK HERE for information about subsidies, referrals and more.