The Child Care Unit determines eligibility for publically- funded child care for low income parents and parents receiving OWF cash assistance. This allows parents to work, obtain training, or attend school while being assured that their children are cared for in a safe, quality environment. Families choose whether to use licensed day care centers or in-home providers, and all parents have a required co-payment to assist with the cost of care. Eligibility is redetermined every six months.
The child care unit certifies the child care in-home providers. Home inspections are made, background checks are done and references are gathered. These are just a few of the tasks required of a child care provider. It is mandatory that all providers attend initial and continued training in order to maintain their certification.