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Information for Providers

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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 apply to become listed with DHS, and must pass a background check process.

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 co-pay amount is determined according to a sliding fee scale, based on family income and household size. Parents must pay their copay in order to remain eligible for assistance. For more information, see the following resources.

Child Care Provider Training

Provider Resources