Child Care Subsidy: In-Home Provider

Updated 10/01/2017

As an alternative to care provided at a licensed child care home or center, a parent or caretaker may request an in-home provider of the client’s choosing who provides child care in the child’s own home. In order for the in-home provider to receive child care subsidy payments, he or she must obtain a contract through the Child Care Subsidy Unit.

Choosing the In-Home Provider

The caregiver must meet the following qualifications:

  • be related to the child. Related to means aunt, uncle, grandparent, great-grandparent, or sibling not living in the home;
  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • demonstrate the capacity to care for children and be able to exercise good judgment;
  • cannot be a member of the child’s household;
  • care only for the child of one family at a time. The caregiver can care for multiple families as long as hours do not overlap and all care is given in the child’s own home; and
  • cannot be under the effects of alcohol, illegal drugs, or any medications that impair function when caring for the children.

Required Forms

The client and the caregiver must complete and sign the following forms

  • In-Home Mutual Agreement and Notification to Provide Child Care Services
  • Mutual Agreement Regarding the Plan of Care
  • In-Home Provider Health and Safety Checklist

Other Requirements

The caregiver must:

  • provide a photo ID and copy of social security card
  • provide proof of the results of an OSBI criminal history background check completed within the past 12 months.
  • provide documentation for current first aid and infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification from a DHS-approved source

Final Procedures

The worker must:

  • Scan all required paperwork and supporting documentation into imaging; and
  • Send an e-mail to Child Care Subsidy Unit to request approval that includes the following information;
    • whether the provider meets the requirements described in 340:40-13-2;
    • the worker’s opinion of the suitability of this person to provide child care; and
    • a computer check on the in-home provider’s name and social security number was completed for any Child Welfare cases and the findings.

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