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Policy Regulations for Day Care in New York City

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The Regulations on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Group Child Care Services, promulgated as part of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Policy Regulations for Daycare in New York City were carefully developed and implemented in New York City by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In order for you to obtain similar outcomes as those in New York City group child care facilities, it is important that you follow the implementation guidelines outlined in the template. Of course, no outcomes can be guaranteed.

The materials provided and those accessed through site links here are all provided as a courtesy for easy access. The available materials include rules promulgated by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The versions available through this site are, to the best of our knowledge, complete and accurate at the time of posting. For official copies of such laws, rules or regulations, please consult the official publication site for each. The Daycare Nutrition Guidelines are suggestions and are not intended to be implemented without exceptions. Dietary restrictions and medical needs of individual children must be taken into consideration in the application of such suggestions.

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Intervention Materials

Policy Enactment

  •  Notice of Adoption of the Repeal and Reenactment of Article 47 of the New York City Health Code – Policy enacted to regulate the public and private group day care services operating within New York City (Nutrition regulations – Section 47.61, p. 44; Physical Activity and Television Viewing limits – Section 47.71, p. 50)

  •  Notice of New Regulations on Physical Activity for Group Child Care Services (Physical Activity Mailing) – Summary of new provisions regarding physical activity in child care services permitted by the NYCDOHMH sent as a mailing to inform day care directors of policy changes and includes:

    • Overall physical activity guidelines for children ages 3 to 5; and
    • Structured physical activity guidelines for children ages 3 to 5
  •  Notice of New Regulations on Nutrition for Group Child Care Services (Nutrition Mailing) – Summary of new provisions regarding nutrition services in child care services permitted by the NYCDOHMH sent as a mailing to inform day care directors of policy changes and includes:

    • Guidelines for meals, snacks, and beverages;

    • Recommendations for foods offered during special occasions;

    • Recommendations for infant feeding;

    • Daily calorie levels for children; and

    • Suggested portion sizes for meals and snacks.

  •  City Agency Food Standards: Requirements and Recommendations – Standards for foods purchased and meals served by NYC agencies, with the goal of improving the health of all New Yorkers

  • Move-to-Improve Early Childhood program materials – Adapted from the SPARK! program, NYCDOHMH developed its own curriculum that includes tailored activities appropriate for the NYC day care centers.  This program is used to reinforce the physical activity regulations in Article 47 and began in 2010. Trained centers receive manuals with physical activity lessons as well as portable play equipment (including spot markers, scarves and bean bags).   These materials are available upon request by contacting intervention developers at ldunn@health.nyc.gov.