Every two years, OCFS conducts a survey of the price of child care to private pay parents across New York state.  The data collected is used to determine the DSS subsidy reimbursement rate in your County.  The survey is conducted by phone and will happen over the next 12 weeks.  If you are called to participate, you will see “Mrkt Rate Srvy” on your caller ID.  If you cannot take time to answer the survey questions when you are called, you can still answer the call and make arrangements to do so at a time that is convenient for you.  All information that you provide is confidential.

You will also receive a letter and a form from OCFS.  It is helpful to complete the form (although OCFS does not collect them) to help prepare your answers for a call.  You can access both the letter and worksheet (form) in English and in Spanish below.  Some providers may receive a call before the OCFS letter arrives.

If you are called to participate, we strongly encourage you to do so, even if you do not currently serve children receiving subsidies.  The more participation by providers serving private pay parents, the better data OCFS will have and use to establish new DSS subsidy reimbursement rates next year.

If you have questions or would like more information about the OCFS Market Rate Survey, contact us by email;  voice@cseainc.org or call 877-483-CSEA (2732).

Market Rate Survey Letter to Providers (in English) 
Market Rate Survey Worksheet (in English)

Carta de encuesta de tarifas de mercado a los proveedores (en español)
Hoja de trabajo de la encuesta sobre la tasa de mercado (en español)