Quality Incentive Payment for License-Exempt Providers
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DHHS offers a Quality Incentive Payment to license-exempt providers who complete one or more of the required activities. Each activity is worth a specific payment; if you do more than one activity, the payments will be added together. A provider can receive a payment once a year.
License-exempt providers who provide care in their home will be eligible for a maximum of $275; license-exempt providers who provide care in the child’s home (in-home providers) will be eligible for a maximum of $175.
The activities include:
Current certification in CPR and First Aid: In order to receive payment for this, you need to be current in both CPR and First Aid. This would qualify for an incentive payment of $125. This payment is only offered every other year as CPR and First Aid certifications are valid for a two year time period.
Current participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program: This would qualify for an incentive payment of $100.
Proof that you completed a workshop within the last 12 months; attended a regional, state or national conference within the last 12 months; or a summary of a book or video checked out from the Early Childhood Training Center in Omaha within the last 12 months: The total payment for this activity is $50. (In other words, you will not receive more than $50 a year, even if you do more than one activity, such as reading six books, or reading a book and attending a workshop.)
Proof you will need to show your worker: If the workshop or conference provides a written certificate after your participation, you would need to give this to your DHHS worker. You should request this certificate or other proof from the conference or workshop organizers whenever possible. If you cannot get a certificate, you will need to complete a summary of the workshop or conference and how you would use what you learned in providing child care and a copy of the conference or workshop agenda. For a book or video, you will need to complete a one-page summary, including why you chose the topic, what you learned, and how you would use it in providing child care. You should request the form you will use to complete your summary from the Early Childhood Training Center when you request your book or video. This is available to providers who do care in their home or in the child’s home.
It is important that you have all the necessary paperwork at the time you first complete or renew your DHHS Provider Agreement. The Quality Incentive Payment will be authorized by your Resource Development worker only at that time.
If you need help in locating a class or workshop, contacting someone about the Food Program, or checking out a book or video, you can call the Early Childhood Training Center at 1(800)892-4453; if you are in Omaha, you can call 557-6880. You can also order books and videos and learn about some of the ECTC's training opportunities through their website: http://www.education.ne.gov/OEC/ectc.html (click on Media Center in the list on the left hand side of the screen). The ECTC will mail the requested material.
If you have further questions about this program, call your Resource Development worker.
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