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:
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:
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