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Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) is a subsidy program that pays part of the child care costs for families who are working, in school or receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) including registration fees
This page is for current ERDC child care providers and people who want to start providing child care to families who have ERDC. Sign up for email updates
To become an ERDC child care provider, you must:
View the family, friend, and neighbor flyer to learn more!
This guide is for
current ERDC providers and
people who want to provide
child care for families who receive ERDC benefits.
This Provider Guide insert contains ERDC rate tables and information about additional provider payments that are in effect as of January 1, 2024. ERDC rate tables can also be found here.
As of January 1, 2024, ERDC will pay an additional 9% for an ERDC payment that is processed late.
Please review and submit the form below to the Direct Pay Unit if you believe your payment meets the required criteria. DPU will review your submission and will issue an additional payment to the provider if the payment is determined to have been processed late.
If you need assistance in another language, please call the Direct Pay Unit 1-800-699-9074.
This flyer is a resource for current ERDC providers to share with participating families.
This form is for people who want to be paid by DELC to provide child care through ERDC. Note: You need to be
listed and approved by DELC before you start providing child care to families who receive ERDC benefits. The effective date for DELC payment can't be earlier than the date you are approved by DELC.
If you disagree with a decision made by DELC, use this form to request a hearing.
Use this form to report changes. You can also report changes by calling 800-699-9074 or by emailing
As an ERDC provider, you will be paid by the Direct Pay Unit of the Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC). Families who
pay a copay to cover part of the child care cost will pay their copay directly to you.
The amount you receive is based on:
There is a limit to how much DELC will pay. If you charge more than
the maximum rate DELC will pay, the family must cover the additional cost.
Contact the Direct Pay Unit
License exempt child care providers need to meet training and safety requirements before they can provide child care and get paid through ERDC. License exempt means you are
not required to be licensed to provide child care by the Child Care Licensing Division (CCLD).
Note: If you care for at least one child who is not a relative, you must meet all the requirements above without exception. By federal definition, a relative may be a:
To be considered a relative you must be related by blood, marriage or legal adoption.
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License exempt providers must pass an initial site visit before approval. You must also pass a site visit yearly after that.
Lead exposure is harmful to child development. Testing for lead protects children from exposure to lead in water.
Your home or the facility where you provide care must be tested for lead exposure in water unless you are related to all the children in your care. Lead testing is required for all plumbing fixtures used for drinking, cooking, or preparing food or infant formula.
The Department of Early Learning and Care can reimburse you for lead testing. To be reimbursed, you must:
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