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All Things Childcare

  1. 1. All Things Childcare<br /><ul><li>Getting and Maintaining Title XX Coverage
  2. 2. ∙Finding and Choosing Quality Childcare </li></ul>∙After-School Programs for Children<br />
  3. 3. You Will Learn…<br />How to apply for and renew Title XX benefits – requirements for maintaining, and other related policies<br />How to locate and review child care providers and track licensure status<br />What to expect of a quality childcare provider and when to avoid a childcare provider<br />After-School Options for children<br />
  4. 4. What is Title XX? <br />Federally funded child care subsidy, administered to states for distribution to citizens in need (via DHHS). <br />Subsidy amount is based on economic need, income, and an individual’s hours doing work-related activities<br />
  5. 5. Some Background…<br />Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services <br />Regulates all licensed childcare providers in the State of Nebraska. <br />Subjects providers to annual review with requirements to meet minimal standards. <br />Reviews your assets to determine your eligibility for Title XX, and administers your childcare vouchers to the provider. <br />
  6. 6. To Apply for Title XX Child Care Subsidy<br />Go to Access Nebraska (www.accessnebraska.ne.gov)<br />Take an eligibility assessment; apply<br />Make sure to have all income statements, ID numbers, & bank accounts handy when completing this information<br />
  7. 7. How to Apply for Title XX Child Care Subsidy<br />An intake worker from DHHS should contact you by phone within a week from the time you applied for benefits. <br />If you do not hear from a worker within that timeframe, contact 402-595-3400. <br />Whenever there is a change in your income, expenses, or schedule, you will need to return to Access Nebraska to update your information electronically (30-60 days in advance w/caveat). <br />Once you are approved, your next step is to find a quality childcare provider you can trust. <br />
  8. 8. How to Find a Childcare Provider <br />Visit the NDHHS child care roster http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/chc/chcindex.htm<br />Click on “search for a child care provider”<br />In the small text box up top, put in the zip code for the area where you are trying to locate the childcare<br />This page also provides information on how to select a quality childcare provider; tells which provider’s licenses are on good record, and who has violated their license. <br />
  9. 9. Child Care Resource and Referral<br />1-800-89-CHILD or 1-800-892-4453<br />Database of licensed child care providers<br />Get information from you to determine your needs<br />Different providers will be referred to you based upon your child care needs<br />(Gives more direct assistance, less DIY). <br />
  10. 10. Determining Quality Child Care Against the Options <br />Kristen Lundquist<br />Spellman Child Development Center<br />
  11. 11. A Step-by-Step on How to Select Quality Child Care<br />Visit the Nebraska Child Care Roster of Licensed Providers or contact the Child Care Resource and Referral Hotline<br />
  12. 12. A Step-by-Step on How to Select Quality Child Care<br />Visit at least THREE different centers of those referred:<br />Call in advance to make an appointment<br />Introduce yourself as someone looking for care (this will help you quickly find out if there are openings)<br />Find a checklist online of things to look for <br />(http://www.extension.iastate.edu/publications/pm1805.pdf)<br />
  13. 13. A Step-by-Step on How to Select Quality Child Care<br />During your tour, LOOK, LISTEN, & COUNT:<br />Look to see that the center/home is clean and organized, dangerous objects are kept out of reach, an outside area to play is present, and equipment and toys are in good repair<br />Listen for the sound of happy, engaged children, cheerful teachers/staff. Too noisy? Too quiet?<br />Count the ratio of adults to kids. Will your child get the one-on-one attention s/he requires?<br />TAKE NOTES FOR LATER REVIEW!<br />
  14. 14. Quality Childcare vs. Trouble Center<br />Quality Childcare<br />Head Start Video<br />What evidence indicates this is a quality child care facility?<br />Trouble Center<br />Monster Day Care<br />What do you see that could be problematic? <br />With both examples, consider the suggestions to Look, Listen, & Count<br />
  15. 15. A Step-by-Step on How to Select Quality Child Care<br />The Interview<br />You are the hiring manager. <br />Nothing is off limits:<br />Education? Experience?<br />What is a typical day like?<br />What are the parent policies?<br />Who else works in the home/center?<br />
  16. 16. A Step-by-Step on How to Select Quality Child Care<br />Before making a final selection, check the NDHHS website “Child Care in Nebraska” (see previous slide #7)<br />Does your potential provider have any documented negative actions?<br />Was this discussed at the interview?<br />Weigh out your values and options to decide. <br />
  17. 17. After-School Programs for Children<br />Start by visiting the <br />Greater Omaha After School Alliance<br />http://www.omahaafterschool.org/<br />You may also contact:<br />Barb Farho<br />After School Initiatives Director<br />Office of the Mayor<br />Omaha/Douglas Civic Center<br />1819 Farnam St., Suite 300<br />Omaha, NE 68183-0300<br />(402) 444-5151<br />bfarho@ci.omaha.ne.us<br /> <br />
  18. 18. Resources/Sources<br />Head Start Locator(http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices)<br />National Association for Education of Young Children (http://www.naeyc.org/)<br />www.familycareresources.org<br />Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (dhhs.ne.gov)<br />Kid Squad (http://www.kid-squad.com/)<br />402-504-3637<br />

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