Summer Programs

Children's camps in New York State must have a state or county health department permit to operate legally. This permit is issued only if the camp is in compliance with the state's health regulations. For a referral to a day camp with a Dutchess County or a Putnam County Health Department Permit to Operate, call the Referral Department at 845-473-4141, x 221 or e-mail

There are also some school age child care programs that operate full time over the summer vacation.

Day care centers are another option for summer care.

What to consider when choosing a child care program:

Choosing the best care for your child can be a difficult task. Research the different types of child care (family, group family, center or school age) and decide which type best fits the needs of your child and family. You may want to check out more than one type of care. Then decide where the care should be located (closer to home or work?).

Visit the website, if applicalbe.

If the summer program has a website, some basic information can be ascertained.

Once you have some of your basic questions answered, a visit to the child care is imperative.

Visit the child care facility and consider the following:

Is the program safe, clean and free of health hazards?
Is there enough room for children to play indoors and outdoors?
Is there a variety of activities that seem appropriate for my child's age group?
Is the children's work displayed?
Do the caregivers appear happy, knowledgeable and friendly?
Are the caregivers interacting with the children in a positive way?
Are there enough caregivers to supervise the children?
What are the policies and procedures?
Is there a contract? If so, does it fit with my needs?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the care your child is receiving or if you need additional information about child care, please contact our Referral Department at 845-473-4141, x 221 or e-mail