The DHS Child Care Policy- Know About It

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The subsidized child care policy supports low-income families in paying for child care. The child care subsidy is based on a need, income, and family size calculation.

Eligibility for the program:

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The Child Care Support Program not only supports low-income working mothers, but it also helps:

• Families providing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) who are completing their Individual Responsibility Plans (IRPs) and engaging in education and training;

• Teen parents who want to get their high school diploma or its equivalent;

Licensing for Childcare Providers:

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The Rhode Island General Assembly passed a budget article during the 2019 legislative session that moved the child care licensing team from the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) to the Department of Human Services (DHS). This was done to improve Rhode Island’s workforce by strengthening and delivering high-quality child care facilities. On October 27, 2019, the move was completed.

DHS is committed to openness and a smooth transition involving community partners, providers, and families.

According To Some Survey Results:

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has published the 2019 Child Care Market Rate Survey (MRS) Report, which collects and analyzes rates charged by child care providers in an open market where there is no relationship between the parent/guardian and the provider that could influence the price charged. The MRS will assist state agencies, such as OCDEL, in determining payment rates that are adequate to provide fair access in the sense of market conditions.

DHS appreciates everything you do for our families and children and understands the critical role of child care in Hawaii’s economic recovery. We appreciate your willingness to begin or restart operations. We ask that you do everything possible to protect the health and safety of the workers and children in your care by reducing the risk of exposure when Hawaii reopens.

They look forward to working with you to stress the importance of child care as part of economic recovery while also taking the required public health steps to protect infants, workers, and families from exposure.

After April 2018, all homes and facilities that provide treatment must conduct water monitoring for lead contamination. All plumbing fixtures used for drinking, cooking, or preparing food or baby formula must be tested for lead. This rule protects children from lead poisoning from drinking water. The negative effects of lead on child development, especially in young children, are well-known and well-documented.

Suppose the lead testing results indicate a high level of lead. In that case, a member of the Office of Childcare (OCC) may contact the provider to provide further guidance. To be accredited as an DHS childcare provider, providers must pass lead testing or submit a corrective action plan. Providers who only use bottled water for drinking, cooking, and preparing infant formula at the place where treatment is given are excluded from lead testing if they complete the Declaration for Bottled Water Use form. 

Final Thoughts:

Since it involves children, it is a very sensitive subject. As a result, a collaborative approach would be efficient.

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