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Child Care Services Bureau
The Child Care Services Bureau (CCSB) administers the Child Care Assistance, Child Care Licensing and Registered Child Care Home programs. In collaboration with CYFD’s Office of Child Development and Family Nutrition Bureau, the Child Care Services Bureau plans and coordinates quality child care services (including training, technical assistance, health and safety and monitoring) and works to build child care capacity statewide.
The Child Care Assistance Program subsidizes the cost of child care for low-income families (at or below 200% of the federal poverty level)** that are working and/or in school and have a need for child care. The subsidy amount varies depending upon the age of the child, the type of child care, the location of the program, and the rating of the child care program (as determined by the Look for the STARS Quality Rating System). Regional offices are located throughout the state and are staffed by Eligibility Interviewers who work with families to determine the amount of subsidy they qualify for.
Child Care Licensing and Registered Homes
The Child Care Licensing Program monitors child care centers and licensed homes to ensure that they are meeting the quality, health, and safety standards detailed within the child care licensing requirements. Licensing program staff also provide training and technical assistance to child care providers in an effort to help them understand how to meet and maintain compliance with the licensing requirements.
STARS Quality Rating System
Early Childhood Services encourages child care programs to meet higher levels of quality through the Look for the STARS Quality Rating System. This system contains five levels – the higher the Star level, the higher the level of quality. The level of quality is indicated on each program’s license with one, two, three, four or five stars; one star indicates that the program meets basic licensing requirements and five stars indicate that the program has received national accreditation. Licensing surveyors work closely with Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance Programs who rate the quality of licensed child care programs.
Registered home child care providers care for no more than four non-resident children in their own home and must participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) (more information on CACFP is included under the Family Nutrition Bureau section). CCSB reimburses these providers for caring for children receiving child care assistance, and Child Care Specialists provide training and technical assistance to registered home providers.
For more information on Child Care Licensing, contact your regional Child Care Licensing office