State to Increase Reimbursement for Child Care Providers
April 7, 2014 – Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has announced that it will increase the reimbursement paid to child care providers who accept vouchers from the federal Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) to care for low-income children. The agency says the increase is the first of its kind in nearly seven years.
The new reimbursement rates will take effect in mid-May, and the amount providers receive will be based on the Paths to Quality ranking, a voluntary four-tiered system which rates providers at levels 1 through 4, based on certain quality standards and services offered. Level 4 child care providers are nationally accredited and will receive the highest reimbursement rates. The Paths to Quality site currently lists seven Level 4 providers in Porter County, twelve in Lake County and five in LaPorte County.
“Our goal is to not only ease the burden of finding affordable child care for low-income working families, but also to help improve the overall quality of care available to all Hoosier families,” said Melanie Brizzi, Administrator of FSSA’s Bureau of Child Care, in a press release. “Increasing reimbursements will help ensure that high-quality providers are able to continue to serve low-income families. And giving higher reimbursements to higher-rated Paths to Quality providers incentivizes other providers to either join Paths to Quality or work to increase their overall quality and level in the program.”
According to the FSSA, more than 41,000 children from more than 22,000 Hoosier families receive child care subsidies from the federal government’s Child Care Development Fund.