Child Care

​​​​​​​​​​​​We are committed to protecting the health and well-being of our staff and the people we serve. It’s central to our mission.

COVID-19 changes

We have made several ​changes to support families and child care providers. ​Du​ring this uncertain time, we want to make sure families have access to the child care they need.​

Copays w​ere reduced to $0 through certification periods for families applying or renewing through September ​30​, 2021.

Starting October 2021

  • Families that apply or renew in October 2021 or later will have a copay based on gross income and household size.​
  • New copay amounts are much lower than before COVID-19.​
  • See the Copay page for details.

School age children can be covered by ERDC when they are doing distance learning due to COVID-19.

  • Providers can bill ODHS for providing child care while children are doing distance learning.​
  • For example, a provider can help a child log in online, contact a teacher, develop schedules to support a child's distance learning and help with school work.


The ODHS Direct Pay Unit (DPU) coordinates billing and payments. They also process billing and listing forms. Please reach out with ​concerns or questions.​

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

By phone: 800-699-9074

By email:

COVID-19 resources