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July 20, 2012
Kathie Osterman, Communications and Legislative Services, 402-471-9313 or
Russ Reno, Communications and Legislative Services, (o) 402-471-8287, (c) 402-450-7318,
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or
Subsidies End for Two Omaha Child Care Centers
Omaha – An agreement with two Omaha child care centers to provide child care payments was terminated today (7/20) by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services after a state examination of billing records, according to Thomas Pristow, director of Children and Family Services. 
Wise Kids, Inc., 5829 Northampton Blvd., and Kids Ark Learning Center, 4411 N. 61st St., were presented by DHHS officials a notice of the termination of the agreement effective at the end of business today, he said. 
DHHS authorizes subsidy payments for the care of children of low-income parents who are employed, seeking employment, obtaining medical services, enrolled in vocational or educational training, or incapacitated.
On notification of the termination of the agreement, DHHS employees began calling parents of the children staying at the centers and informing them that Wise Kids and Kids Ark are no longer approved providers through the program, Pristow said. 
“This termination of the agreement concerns questions about inaccuracies found in billing practices and is not related to the safety of the children under care at these child care centers,” he said. 
Besides phone calls, parents will receive information directing them to a website listing all licensed child care providers in the state by zip code, Pristow said. In addition, parents unable to locate a licensed child care provider that accepts child care subsidies may use a relative or friend as a provider in the interim. 
Parents will need to call the ACCESSNebraska toll-free number (1-800-383-4278) for authorization. Or, they may seek authorization of their new child care provider at the ACCESSNebraska website (