Child Care Provider Handbook UPDATED Sept 2023
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 iServe 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 in Lincoln or (402) 595-1258 in Omaha. Providers who have a Child Care Subsidy Enrollment with DHHS:
A provider may be eligible for a Child Care Subsidy Enrollment even if they 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 must first complete the following:
Child Care Subsidy rates are set based on the results of the bi-annual Child Care Market Rate Survey (MRS). 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. Current rates are found at: Title 392 Child Care Subsidy Guidance Document. Child Care paid by IV-E funds uses these same rates. The current rates are based on 2023 MRS. The 2023 MRS can be viewed at: Market Rate Survey.
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