Policy Resource: Number of Child Care Hours Social Services Districts Allow for Parents Who Work the Night Shift

Susan Antos May 21, 2019


Number of Hours Social Services Districts Allow for Parents Who Work the Night Shift

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Pie Chart depicting the Number of Child Care Hours Social Services Districts Allow for Parents Who Work the Night Shift. 32 districts allow 8 hours; 2 districts allow 7 hours; 10 districts allow 6 hours; 3 districts allow 5 hours; 10 districts allow 0 hours.


Social Services District Maximum Hours of child care Notes
Albany 8 third shift only; applies to the day following that shift only
Allegany 8 third shift only; for pre-school children or school closings
Broome 8 third shift only; for children who are not in school and for children 9 years old or younger during non-school days.
Cattaraugus 8 when no other adult in the home that is appropriate to care for the child(ren) during sleep hours
Cayuga 8 third shift only; no one else available to care for the child
Chautauqua 7 third shift only; will also be required to verify work schedules before sleep time will be approved.
Chemung 8 third shift only;  child/ren are not attending school
Chenango none
Clinton none
Columbia 6 third shift only
Cortland 8 second or third shift only
Delaware 8 Second or third shift; verification of work hours required
Dutchess 8 Second or third shift;  Day Care Unit Director and the Deputy Commissioner determines necessity
Erie none
Essex 8 Only if the provider is not living in the household
Franklin 8 limited to hours when child(ren) are in the home and without the care of another responsible adult, parent/caregiver; prior approval required
Fulton 6 Only if the parent works during the time the family would normally be sleeping
Genesee none
Greene 8 Non-school aged children, work scheduled must be verified with the Agency
Hamilton none
Herkimer 6 third shift only
Jefferson 6  second and third shift; “the household composition and the age of the children will be taken into consideration”
Lewis 8 hours worked must be reported to the district by the parent
Livingston 8 “the number of hours allowed is equal to the length of the work shift”
Madison 8 Second and third shift; not to exceed 16 hours of child care in any 24 hour period or more than eight hours while the parent sleeps
Monroe 6 Third shift only; requires administrative approval and documentation
Montgomery 8 Third shift only; Agency will verify that there are non-school age child/ren prior to authorizing payment
Nassau none
Niagara none
NYC none
Oneida 8 third shift only
Onondaga 8 third shift only; “decisions on the amount will generally be based on the ages of the children, work schedule of parent(s)”
Ontario 8 will add transport time; parents work different shifts
Orange 8 third shift only; written verification of work schedule from employer required
Orleans 6 third shift only; verification of work schedule required
Oswego 8 second or third shift; if funding is available
Otsego 8 second or third shift
Putnam 8 third shift only; documentation from employer required
Rensselaer 8  second or third shift 30 hours max/week; under school age
Rockland 8
Saratoga none
Schenectady 8 must be single parent working 11:00pm-7:00am
Schoharie 8 parents work same shift
Schuyler 8 third shift only
Seneca 6 third shift only; 6 hour limit only when the child is not in school
St. Lawrence 6 Approval based on the household composition, age of child/ren and the need.
Steuben 5 beginning at end of shift
Suffolk 5 third shift only; limited to part-day and is evaluated based on the age and school attendance of the child
Sullivan 5 second or third shift; details of who is providing the child care and where it is provided is required
Tioga 6 third shift; must be requested by the parent/relative and the situation must be that there is a lack of child care
Tompkins 8 second or third shift
Ulster 6 second or third shift;  sleep time is determined as half the number of hours the caretaker worked
Warren 6 third shift only; single parent only
Washington 8 second or third shift only; verification of shift assignment is required
Wayne 8
Westchester 7 must be determined by the district to be absolutely necessary for the health and safety of the child
Wyoming none
Yates 8 single or both parents at work


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Susan Antos, Esq.
May 21, 2019