Medication Administration Training (MAT)

There is a state law regarding administration of medications in child care programs that became effective on January 31, 2005. Child care programs wishing to give medications must:

All of these things need to occur before a child care program can administer medication.   This law applies to New York State regulated family or group family child care providers who operate out of their homes, centers, Head Start, school age programs and informal care settings if the provider accepts government subsidies for care.   All medication falls under this new law with the exception of over the counter topical ointments, sunscreen, and topically applied insect repellent.   Parents will be asked by their child’s program to have a medical provider fill out an OCFS approved medication consent form or an approved equivalent in order to give the child medication. If the child’s program is not approved to give medications, by law, they cannot administer the medication. Therefore, a parent or relative with 3rd degree of consanguinity will be required to give the medication.



Contact the Capital District Child Care Council with any questions and speak to a Parent Educator by calling 518.426.7181, or emailing Tricia Howland.


Child Care Providers:

Contact the Capital District Child Care Council with any questions and speak to a Child Care Health Consultant by calling 518.426.7181.

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>>Find Child Care on-line

>>Find Child Care using our Referral form (can be emailed or printed and mailed/faxed)

>>By calling: 518 426-7181

>>Toll Free: 1-800-521-KIDS(5437)


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Choosing the Right Care

Four Helpful Hints

Summer Camp Catalog

Medication Administration Training

Checking Complaints

Child Care Financial Assistance Options

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Referrals to Child Care Programs are not intended to serve as any type of recommendation. Parents are encouraged to visit several facilities before making a final child care arrangement. It may also be a good idea to ask the child care facility for references and to check them. Only parents can determine whether the quality of care is right for their child.


Any information that is provided to the Capital District Child Care Council is kept confidential and will not be shared with any third party without written permission. The Capital District Child Care Council is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of its consumers.


If you have any comments or concerns about the services you have received from a Parent Educator at the Capital District Child Care Council, please contact the Executive Director, Abbe Kovacik, at 518.426.7181 Ext. 323.


Contact the Capital District Child Care Council with any questions and speak to a Parent Educator by calling 518.426.7181, or emailing Tricia Howland at