Coming Soon - Changes to License Exempt Child Care Provider Requirements
Important Information for license exempt child care providers:
Changes in federal law require a yearly inspection and additional training of all license exempt child care providers listed with the Department of Human Services (DHS), who provide care for a child receiving child care assistance. The visits and training requirements will start fall 2016. New providers will receive pre-service and a yearly review visit from Oregon’s Early Learning Division Office of Child Care. Providers currently listed with DHS will receive annual visits starting in the fall.
Get more information about these changes.
License exempt means you are not required to be licensed by the State of Oregon to provide child care. See information about who needs to be licensed.
Are you a relative of the child? If you are a relative and the only child you provide care for is related to you (grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt or uncle or a sibling living outside the home) you will not receive the inspection visit.
Overview of how ERDC works
ERDC helps eligible low-income parents pay for child care so they can work. If the parent is eligible for assistance, DHS will pay a portion of their child care bill directly to the family's chosen provider through the Direct Pay Unit (DPU) in Salem. Providers must complete a child care provider listing to find out if they can become listed with DHS, and must meet DHS requirements; including passing a background check.
The amount DHS will pay is based on the family's income, type of child care and how many hours of care are needed.
Most parents are also required to pay a portion of the cost, called the copay, directly to the provider. The copay amount is determined according to a sliding fee scale, based on family income and household size. Parents must pay their copay or make other arrangements with the provider in order to remain eligible for assistance.
Child Care Provider Training
For information about orientation, health and safety training and additional training resources see the provider training page.
If you are interested in becoming a child care provider
To be able to receive ERDC payments from the Department of Human Services, providers must:
Provider Tools and Resources
|Abuse reporting||Report Child Abuse and Neglect|
List of reporting phone numbers to report child abuse and neglect.
|Abuse reporting||Mandatory reporters|
What is mandatory reporting and who must report?
|Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies||Child Care Resource & Referral agencies|
A link to a listing of local CCR&Rs by county. CCR&Rs help connect providers with the parents who need their services. They also provide technical assistance and provider training.
|Forms and Guides||Child Care Provider guide|
Our handbook for providers who serve ERDC clients, with loads of information on how to get started, the payment process, and more. Also available in:
|Forms and Guides||Child Care Provider Listing Form|
This form must be completed and submitted by providers that want to be paid by DHS to provide child care for DHS clients. Please note the effective date for DHS payment cannot be earlier than the date you complete the listing process and are approved by DHS. Also available in Spanish
|Partners||The Childhood Care and Education Coordinating Council (CCECC)|
The CCECC is a collaborative, ad hoc partnership working to create a balanced system of care in Oregon that supports and empowers working families and promotes safe, healthy child development.
|Partners||Oregon Child Care Research Partnership (OCCRP)|
The Oregon Child Care Research Partnership, housed within the Family Policy Program at Oregon State University, conducts research related to child care policy at the local and state levels. OCCRP conducts the Market Rate study upon which DHS child care subsidy rates are based.
|Partners||National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC)|
The NCCIC, a service of the Child Care Bureau
, is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance (TA) center that provides comprehensive child care information resources and TA services to Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Administrators and other key stakeholders.
|Partners||Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children (OAEYC)|
Oregon AEYC is an affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
and serves over 1300 early childhood professionals in the state of Oregon. OAEYC works to support excellent early education, promote public support and policies, build the profession, and improve teaching and learning.
|Rates & reimbursements||Child care rates|
The maximum amounts we can pay providers who help DHS clients with child care.
|Rates & reimbursements||Enhanced, special and high needs rates|
About special provider rates are and how to qualify for and become an enhanced, special or high needs provider.
|Rates & reimbursements||Food service education and reimbursement|
About food handling, nutrition education, and getting USDA reimbursements.
|Rates & reimbursements||Star-Rated Provider Incentive Payment|
About provider incentive payments for QRIS Star-Rated providers.
|State Licensing||Office of Child Care (OCC) of the Department of Education|
OCC is the regulatory agency that licenses child care facilities and conducts background checks on licensed providers. Their website is also a great resource, with a wealth of information and resources for parents, providers, and those interested in child care issues.
|Training||Child Care Provider Training|
For information about orientation, health and safety training and additional training resources.
|Union Representation||The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees|
AFSCME Council 75 represents family child care providers who are licensed with the Office of Child Care, a member of the Department of Education. 800-521-5954
|Union Representation||The Service Employees International Union Local 503 (SEIU)|
SEIU Local 503 represents family child care providers who are exempt from licensing. Providers that are exempt from licensing are also referred to as Family, Friends, and Neighbor providers (FFN). 877-451-0002