DHS INTEGRATED CHILD CARE PROGRAMS (ICCP)
Employment Related Day Care (ERDC)
The ERDC program provides child care subsidies for families that have accepted employment and have a child care need in order to remain employed. This program is expected to serve an average of 11,800 families per month. Families are required to choose their own provider. To be eligible for ERDC, child care must be needed in order for the parent(s) to accept or maintain employment. The family’s income must be less than 165% of FPL and the family must pay a co-payment based on the family size and family income ($43 is the minimum co-payment). Families at or below 100% FPL have a co-payment of no more than 10% of their income. Those who have an un-met co-payment obligation are not eligible for the program until it is met. Families must also pay the difference between the ERDC payment (minus co-pay) and the provider’s rate.
TANF/JOBS/OFSET program child care as a Support Service
Parents who receive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and are in high school, working, or participating in the JOBS programs are provided with a support service payment for child care. Families who are participating in the Food Stamps OFSET program can also receive help with child care. These families do not have a co-payment but are responsible for the difference between the DHS payment and the provider’s rate.
Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R)
DHS has contracts with CCR&R agencies to provide services to subsidy families and providers. These local partners are an integral resource in planning and providing services to meet the child care needs of families. They play a critical role in our effort to help families reach and maintain their self-sufficiency.
Currently about 10,000 providers are providing child care services to subsidy families. To become an approved DHS ICCP listed provider, the provider (and others in their household) must pass a criminal history and child protective services records check, meet basic safety standards, and be age 16 or older. Providers are encouraged to obtain training and education related to child care issues in order to be eligible for the Enhanced Rate. The Enhanced Rate is 7% above the standard rate paid to all other providers. The amount of the payment is based on the age of the child, type of provider, and geographic area of the state.
Direct Pay Unit (DPU)
Direct Pay Unit (DPU) processes child care billing forms for all programs and issues payments directly to providers on behalf of the family. Providers are considered self-employed and payments are reported to IRS as income.
Child Care Website
The DHS has more detailed information about child care programs, including a Provider Guide and copies of DHS child care policy. See the Web Links Page under Child Care.
What is Employment Related Day Care (ERDC)?
Low income working families may be eligible for financial help with child care costs. ERDC is a subsidy program. This means eligible families still pay part of the child care cost. This amount depends on the family’s income, size, and the amount the child care provider charges.
To learn more about Employment Related Day Care, please click here.
DHS Provider Rates:
To see DHS maximum rate information for Child Care Providers in Southern Oregon please click here.
Information on Becoming “Listed” with DHS
DHS pays for child care while its clients are working or are in self-sufficiency activities. IN ORDER TO BE PAID, A PROVIDER MUST BE “LISTED” with DHS. Being listed means the provider agrees to meet safety standards and passes a criminal history check.
This sheet provides basic information about the listing process for the ERDC, JOBS, and OFSET programs.
In order to become listed, a provider must: complete the listing form provided by the client and return it to DHS, and meet all listing requirements on the back of the listing form.
Being “listed” with DHS is NOT the same as being “registered,” “licensed,” or “certified” with the Office of Child Care. In order to be paid, providers still have to fill out the DHS listing form and return it to DHS.
In order to receive payment from DHS, a provider must:
PASS CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS: Child-care providers and other people who are around the children must pass a criminal background check. These checks identify people who are unsuitable to work with children or have access to children. Offenses that can make a person ineligible for listing include violent crimes, drug and alcohol offenses, and property crimes such as robbery and burglary. Even relatively minor crimes such as theft or driving while intoxicated can also disqualify a provider.
PASS CHILD-PROTECTIVE SERVICES CHECKS: DHS Child Protective Services records are also checked. These records will show cases of reported abuse or neglect. A confirmed report of these offenses can disqualify the provider from listing with DHS.
MEET FACILITY STANDARDS: All places where care is given must meet basic health and safety standards. For example, there must be safe drinking water and smoke detectors that work. A complete list of facility requirements is on the back of the listing form.
USE PROPER HEALTH PRACTICES: Providers must take steps to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and give parents information about immunizations. Your local health department or Child Care Resource and Referral agency can give you more information.
REPORT SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE: Providers must report suspected child abuse to the local DHS Child Welfare Office or a local law enforcement agency.
Important Note: DHS only pays for child care you provide while a parent is at work or in DHS self-sufficiency activities, such as JOBS. Do not bill DHS for any other child-care costs. If you have further questions about becoming listed with DHS, please ask your client the name of his or her caseworker, and call that person.