Department of Human Services

Child Care Certificate Program Online Policy Manual

Department of Children’s Services Child Care




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DCS provides DHS with a referral that determines eligibility for the child.

DHS will service all DCS referrals even when child eligibility criteria may not be the same as used by DHS with its FF, TCC, At-Risk, and Low-Income children.  The DCS case manager will refer the child to the responsible county of venue.


DHS will make any out-of-region provider placements and issue the child care certificates for the provider to the DCS case manager.  All DCS children referred should be placed only with DHS licensed or Department of Education (DOE) approved providers enrolled in the Certificate Program.  Unregulated care may be used only with DCS State Office approval.


A provider may also be a DCS foster parent and receive DCS funding for that foster child.



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