Early Childhood

Early Childhood Professionals


The Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project understands that a child care provider is much more than a babysitter. Providers are professionals who offer children the opportunity to learn, grow, and develop in a high-quality setting. We strive to support providers in every aspect of their professional development. 



Community businesses have joined us to offer special recognition to Early Childhood Professionals working in a Registered or Licensed program. Contact us if you haven’t received a card yet.

Click here for a list of our current partners. 


The Jefferson-Lewis Childcare Project offers child care providers an entry point into the child care field and helps them to continue growing as child care professionals.

New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) provides support for people and organizations that are interested in starting child care programs in their communities.  The information and the links provided on this page will be helpful and informative for individuals working in the child care field. 

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Child care providers and programs make a lasting impression on each child and family in their care.  JLCP offers support in developing and maintaining a high-quality program.  Our trained and experienced staff are available to provide guidance on topics ranging from record-keeping to room arrangement and  everything in between.  This is a no-cost, individualized service we provide to help YOU and YOUR program.   Just give us a call at 315.782.4900 ext 237 or contact us.


JLCP offers quality improvement grants to Registered and Licensed child care providers or programs in Jefferson and Lewis Counties. This grant begins with an assessment of your program to identify areas of need. To learn more please call 315.782.4900 ext 239 or download an application


VOICE / CSEA has resources for programs. Please check their website at voicecsea.org or call 800.342.4146 for information.  


QUALITYstarsNY is a quality rating and improvement system that is designed to increase quality in early care and learning settings across New York State. 

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) improves early childhood education through different systems of accreditation for programs that are committed to meeting national standards of quality.

National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC) sponsors the only nationally recognized accreditation system designed specifically for family child care providers.

Environment Rating Scales (ERS) scales are tools designed to assess process quality in an early childhood or school-age care group.


Nearly 12 million children under age 5 spend an average of 36 hours per week in child care. The quality of the care a child receives can have a lifelong effect. JLCP supports state and national child care public policy initiatives and is a member of Child Care Aware of America (formerly NACCRRA), the Early Care and Learning Council, and Winning Beginning NY.  

Docs for Tots Young children’s doctors have the potential to be a critical resource to policymakers and to early childhood advocates.

Child Care Aware of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. To learn more about Child Care Aware® of America and how you can join them in ensuring access to quality child care for all families.

Winning Beginning NY is a statewide coalition working to inform policy makers and the public about the many benefits of early care and learning including home visiting, child care and Pre-K. The coalition aims to build a broad-based constituency to make investment in quality early care and learning a top public priority in New York State.

The Early Care & Learning Council has been working to make quality, affordable child care available to New York’s families since 1975. Rooted in a statewide network of child care resource and referral agencies, the support of the Early Care & Learning Council includes wide representation from child care providers, parents, businesses, community organizations, and other individuals!


JLCP houses a laminator and Ellison (die cut) machine available for use. Laminating can be done for only $.50 per foot. We invite you to visit us at CAPC. Call ahead at 315.782.4900, ext. 229, and we’ll even warm things up for you!

Social Emotional Tips for Providers Caring for Toddlers PDF

Zero To Three is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Child Care Weather Watch Chart

Vroom is a non-profit initiative tool for goal of connecting parents with activities they can use with their children to foster brain development.