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. 

Early Childhood Professionals Card Program

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.





Become a Provider

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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Provider Assistance/Consultation

Child care providers and programs have 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.

Quality Improvement Grants

JLCP is offering 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

Family / Group Family Child Care Union

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

Child Care Quality and Accreditation 

QUALITYstarsNY is a quality rating and improvement system that is designed to increase quality in early care and learning settings across New York State.  Child care programs who participate get a star rating, similar to hotel star ratings. The child care programs also develop a quality improvement plan and receive support from QUALITYstarsNY to implement the improvement plan. 

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. A child’s brain develops 80% by age three and 90% by age five, therefore early care and learning is of the utmost importance. The quality of the care a child receives during this time 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) and the Early Care and Learning Council, and follows 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. They are among society’s most trusted messengers and can add a critical voice to your efforts. We encourage you to connect with Docs for Tots to learn how to engage doctors as public champions in your advocacy efforts.

Child Care Aware of America 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, visit

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!

Resources and Links

JLCP houses a laminator and Ellison (die cut) machine available for use. Laminating can be done for only $.25 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 with the goal of connecting parents with activities they can use with their children to foster brain development.