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system for Child Care providers
Due to a new statewide computer system,
about 1,500 Hamilton County child care providers will encounter
big changes starting this spring.
April 1, they will be paid monthly by the State through
Electronic Funds Transfer. (They now get biweekly checks from
- They will
sign agreements with the State. (Before April 1, 2010, they
contracted with the County.)
- Home child
care providers will begin paying union dues for the first time.
(Home providers have been non-unionized.)
- They will
establish weekly full-time, part-time, and hourly child care
rates for each age range of children -- infants, toddlers,
preschool, and school children. (They have more flexibility
call for providers to do more by computer and less by paper as the
state implements the Child Care Information Data System (CCIDS). For
example, a swipe card system for parents is anticipated in the fall.
The State is planning a “provider portal” where providers will enter
rates and other information.
Child Care staff – who certify home providers and assist low-and
moderate-income families with finding and paying for child care –
will notice little change in their work processes. Hamilton County
served about 14,000 children a month and spent about $90 million on
child care assistance in 2009. The agency will use its in-house
system for eligibility and authorization, and time and attendance
tracking and reporting.
Long-term plans call for
providers to do more by computer and less by paper.