Need Child Care?

The Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc.'s free referral service offers assistance in many areas pertaining to many aspects of child care, including but not limited to day care referrals, summer recreation information, nursery schools, pre-k programs and cost and subsidy information.

The Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc.'s day care referrals are not recommendations for child care. Providers are referred using information supplied by the parent as to hours of care needed, location, school district and any other applicable information. Parents are encouraged to visit the day care and meet with provider(s) before enrolling their child.


It is the policy and responsibility of the Child Care Council of Dutchess & Putnam, Inc. to respect and maintain the confidentiality of all client information.
This includes all information that parents, guardians, etc. enter themselves or share with a referral specialist to enter in the Child Care Resource and Referral system.

3 Ways to get FREE Child Care Referrals

  • Search our database 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to find child care centers, family and group family child care homes and school age programs in Dutchess and Putnam Counties. If you need additional assistance, please feel free to give our referral specialist a call at (845) 473-4141 x221.

  • Fill out the online form and click to send. A Child Care Specialist will review the information and contact you within two business days.

  • Call Us!

    Call us at (845) 473-4141 or toll free at 1(888) 288-4148 and follow the prompt. A Child Care Specialist will be able to assist you in making an informed choice for child care. This service is available Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    People with hearing or speech impairments may contact us through New York Relay Services at 1-800-662-1220 (TTY).

For additional information:
New York State Office of Children and Family Services The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is charged by State Law to regulate, license/register and monitor those child care settings that meet the State definition of child day care.

Child Care Handbook