About Us

The Day Care Council of New York, Inc., is the federation of 106 non-profit sponsoring boards that operate more than 220 publicly-funded child care centers and family child care programs in New York City.

The History of DCCNY

These sponsoring boards first banded together in 1948, to fight for the survival of their programs when child care funds were eliminated at the end of World War II.  At that time, New York City had 80 centers serving children of working parents.  With persistent effort and the support of New York City, the Day Care Council was incorporated in August 1952 as the coordinating body for the sponsoring boards.  Since then, the Council's membership has grown to include over 200 sponsoring boards serving more than 50,000 children in the five boroughs of New York City.


Over the years, the Day Care Council has played a major role in achieving significant gains for child care programs in New York City, New York State, and often the nation, including the following:

Programs & Services

Currently the Day Care Council offers programs that respond to the needs of its membership and the public-at-large. For a full description of its programs, please visit our Programs & Services section on this website.