Framework - Equity

Increase access to high quality child care

Performance Measure
Caution - progress to goal interrupted Children in Accredited Child Care


Performance Indicator Key:
Indicator Image
On Track On Track - making progress towards goal

Caution Caution - progress to goal interrupted

Needs Work Needs Work - insufficient progress towards goal

To Be Determined To Be Determined

Source: Children and Family Services Administration
Measure:

The percentage of children for whom a subsidy payment was made to a provider receiving the accreditation/credential differential.

Goal:

Beginning in SFY 13, increase by 1% each year (using SFY 12 as a base)

How We Are Doing:

Caution - progress to goal interruptedCaution

Why This Is Important:

High-quality early care and education experiences are associated with better child outcomes, particularly for children from low income families. Providers eligible for the accreditation differential have met a quality standard set by an outside accrediting body. Family child care providers eligible for the credential differential have training and degrees in the areas of early childhood education.

DHS' Role:

Minnesota statute sets the standard and quality differential maximum reimbursement rates that can be paid to child care providers through the Child Care Assistance Program. DHS implements the rate structure. Child care providers are selected by families in the private market.

Key Strategies, Initiatives, or Programs Affecting This Measure:

The 2013 legislative session increases the maximum reimbursement rate, not to exceed the child care provider's charge, to 20% higher for a provider with a 4 star rating and 15% higher for a provider with a 3 star rating. DHS contracts for an accreditation facilitation project and offers reimbursement for some costs of accreditation. DHS contracts with child care resource and referral to inform parents about accredited programs.

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