Getting Started

    • The Child Development and Care Handbook has been updated as of April 1, 2021.

    • To see if you qualify for payment assistance, check out the Parent section of our website for details.

Contact US

    • For Questions Regarding:
    • Being a license exempt child care provider call 866-990-3227, ext. 1.
    • Your billing or child care payments call 866-990-3227 ext. 2.
    • License exempt provider criminal history reviews call 866-990-3227, ext. 5.
    • For child care licensing information call 866-685-0006 or visit
    • Great Start to Quality Orientation training, call 877.614.7328 or visit

What's New

  • GSQ Rating Extensions and Restoration

    As a child care provider throughout the pandemic, you've stepped up and showed your heart and grit.  It hasn't been easy, yet you've been nimble and ready.  The hardships the pandemic has caused haven't gone unnoticed.  You are struggling through low enrollment, the inability to retain, recall, and hire qualified staff, all while navigating and implementing additional health and safety procedures.  While grants and subsidy provisions have been offered over time, we know the struggles remain.  We've heard you.

    Despite these challenges we know providers continue to maintain and improve quality to the best of your ability.   Sometimes you've asked for help.  Other times you weren't sure who could help.  In recognition of these efforts the Department, in coordination with the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, will be:

    • Extending current Great Start to Quality ratings for 12 months. 
    • Restoring pre-pandemic ratings and provide supplemental subsidy payments. 
    • Offering extra flexibility for the professional development and education indicators in response to current hiring challenges.

    While we wanted to share this exciting news with you as soon as possible we also want to be transparent that these actions require the support of technology and we will be implementing these items as quickly as possible.  You can see more about the next steps here

    If you wish to continue moving forward with their Great Start to Quality rating you can do so.  You can continue to work with their Great Start to Quality Resource Center to submit a self-assessment survey by calling 1-877-614-7328 or emailing

    Thank you for continuing to put the children and families you provide care for first.  You've been absolutely amazing.

  • See the REVISED CDC Guidance for Care for School Age Children here.


    COVID ABSENCE HOURS: Providers can call the CDC program office to request a billing exception for absence hours that go beyond 10 consecutive days for COVID program closures or child absences due to COVID. Providers will be asked to verify specific dates along with the children impacted (including child ID) when they call 866-990-3227 to request the absence hour billing exception. Effective March 28th until further notice.


    See the Child Care Relief Fund grant information here.


    1099s and Annual Statement of Payments

    1099s and Annual Statements have been sent to all providers for FY20. A few helpful hints:

    • 1099s issued to licensed child care providers will include all grant funding, including parent tuition stipends and CDC subsidy reimbursement funding received prior to 12/31.
      • ​​All known adjustments received prior to 12/31 have been made to 1099s that will be issued.
    • License exempt providers will receive an Annual Statement for child care subsidy funding.

    If you have questions about the amount of your 1099 or Annual Statement of Payments, please call 866-990-3227. If you have questions related to how this impacts your taxes, please contact your tax preparer (see CDC Handbook pages 5 and 6).