Child Care Subsidy Information for Providers

Children and Family Services

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Child Care Provider Handbook

El Manual Para El Proveedor de Cuidado Infantil

DHHS may be able to help families with the cost of child care through the Child Care Subsidy Program. A family's first step is to apply through ACCESSNebraska and complete a phone interview. Eligible families may receive child care assistance to participate in one or more of the following activities:

  • Working
  • Looking for a job
  • Involved with Employment First as part of the ADC program
  • Going to school or trainings
  • Going to medical or therapy visits for self or their child(ren)
  • Ill or hurt (must be confirmed by a doctor)

If you are interested in becoming an approved child care provider for the Child Care Subsidy Program, please have a family of interest make a referral by contacting ACCESSNebraska toll-free at (800) 383-4278, (402) 323-3900 (Lincoln) or (402) 595-1258 (Omaha). You can also apply online at ACCESSNebraska.

Providers who have a Child Care Subsidy Agreement with DHHS: 

  • Are assigned a Resource Development Worker to oversee provider approvals and agreements, provider training, monitor health and safety and provide technical assistance with billing needs
  • Can submit billing online and receive payment directly deposited into an account or placed on a Relia Card
  • May be able to charge a higher rate, if caring for a child with special needs
  • May be eligible for a child care grant to start or expand a child care program, meet licensing requirements, or to increase the quality of your program
  • May be eligible to participate in the Food Program
  • May receive a higher rate for National Accreditation
  • May receive a higher rate if you participate in Step Up to Quality

You may be eligible for a Child Care Subsidy Agreement even if you are not licensed. This is referred to as a License Exempt Provider. License Exempt Providers can provide care for a smaller ratio of children than licensed providers. All License Exempt providers will have to complete an annual background check. Providers will not be allowed to start care of the child for payment until approved by DHHS.

Child Care Subsidy Rates are based off the Market Rate Survey (MRS), which is completed every two years. The MRS is a survey collecting private pay rates from providers across Nebraska. The results of the survey determine the rates DHHS will pay for child care subsidy.

Providers can contact the Nebraska Early Childhood Training Center to find out more about upcoming trainings, information and medial materials related to children, technical assistance, Regional Early Learning Connection Partnerships and much more.

Prepare to Care Health and Safety Instructions

License Exempt or In Home Health and Safety Letter

Licensed Provider Health and Safety Letter