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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When should I begin the childcare voucher process?
    Start early, EPT’s have six weeks of excused absences. You will need to obtain all required documents during the six weeks. This will make sure your childcare services are in place so that you can return to school.
  • What is needed for a child/children to be eligible for a childcare voucher?
    · Be under 13 years old, · Reside with a parent(s), guardian(s), or adult with legal relationship to child, who is: - Working or attending a job training or education program; - Seeking employment or engaging in job search; - In need of or receives, protective services - Has a gross annual income not exceeding 250 percent of the federal poverty level or 85 percent of the DC Median Income based on family size, · Be a citizen or legal immigrant in the United States; · Be a resident of the District of Columbia. Click this link to obtain a full description of eligibility requirements: https://osse.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/osse/documents/2A.%20DHS%20Child%20Care%20Subsidy%20TANF%20Referral%20Application%20Process%20Flyer.pdf
  • What is needed for an EPT to be eligible to receive a childcare vouchers?
    · Have a legal relationship to the child(ren) (such as parent, guardian, custodian, foster parent, or TANF Payee). · Be income-eligible, · Receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) participating in education and training with an Individual Responsibility Plan (IRP); · Be a teen parent seeking a high school degree or its equivalent; and/or · Be pursuing additional education to improve employment opportunities and prospects.
  • I am a Teen Parent in school, what school documents do I need to apply for a voucher?
    · Written documentation of school enrollment with your name, address, student ID number and date of enrollment, signed and dated by an appropriate official are required: · A printout of your class schedule if at the start of a new school year, · A letter from a school official if application taken any other time of the school year. · A voucher application submitted in the summer or in beginning of the school year will have thirty (30) days from the date of the application to submit documentation for proof of school attendance.
  • Which documents do I need to apply for a voucher?
    To apply for a childcare voucher, you need Proof of: · Your relationship to child(ren) - Birth certificate, - No notarized letters accepted · Citizenship and legal status of the child(ren), · Residency in the District of Columbia, - Original utility bill, - Lease which includes parents name - No cell phone or cable bills accepted · Income, - TANF statement - Pay stub · Need for child care - work, - training and/or - school · Child’s up to date Immunization Record · Child’s up to date Health Form · Identification, - DC driver’s or non-driver’s license or - A passport
  • How do I apply for a childcare voucher?
    There are two choices: Visit the: Department of Human Services, Economic Security Administration, Child Care Services Division 4049 South Capitol St. SW Washington, DC 20032 On Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., to schedule an interview. - Or - Apply directly at one of the Level II Child Care Provider's facilities found on this link: https://osse.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/osse/publication/attachments/Level_II_CDC_Providers_-_Child_Care_Intake_Eligibility%20%281%29.pdf ,
  • What resources can I contact to get information about the voucher application?
    · HUGenAlpha.com is a website which offers resources for vouchers and childcare · DC Child Care Connections can be contacted at (202) 829-2500 to obtain information on how to apply for a voucher or childcare.
  • Who completes the voucher application form for Expectant and Parenting Teens?
    · Teen parents attending school can seek the assistance of a New Heights Counselor or school Social Worker · Teen parents not enrolled in school can contact the Child Care Service Division to get help with completing the voucher application.
  • Where does the voucher application form need to be mailed or taken?
    Child Care Service Division 4049 South Capitol St. SW Washington, DC 20032
  • How long do I have to submit all required voucher application documents?
    · You have 30 days from the date your application was signed to have all documents submitted. · Children should be enrolled within those 30 days or you will lose the spot.
  • What is a voucher co-payment?
    · Co-payments are based on your family income and size. If your family earns above 250% of the federal poverty level, you will need charged a co-pay for childcare. · Click this link for the 2022 income eligibility list: https://osse.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/osse/publication/attachments/FY22%20Sliding%20Fee%20Scale_0.pdf
  • Where can I submit a voucher application?
    § Drop application at the Child Care Services Division (CCSD) between the hours of 7:30 am to 4:45 pm, Monday thru Friday where instruction will be provided at the Helpdesk. Congress Heights Service Center 4049 South Capitol Street, SW Washington DC 20032. Taylor Street Service Center 1207 Taylor Street, NW Washington DC 20011. · Site is under renovation as of May 2022 Child Care Services Division 645 H Street NE, Washington DC Documents can also be scanned & emailed to: Eric Calhoun and Linda Logan directly ( ESA.Childcare@dc.gov). If receiving (TANF) benefits, customers can also apply through a Training Employment Provider (TEP) or The Office of Work Opportunity (OWO) to obtain a childcare referral form and/or an IRP.
  • What does the CCSD case worker do with the voucher application?
    · A CCSD case worker will follow up and complete the intake or review process through telephone and email communication. · The assigned case manager will submit the voucher application packet including the child care referral form and/or IRP on the customer’s behalf.
  • What is the process I need to follow to acquire vouchers?
    https://osse.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/osse/publication/attachments/Eligibility%20Determinations%20for%20Subsidized%20Child%20Care%20Policy%20Manual%2010.7.19.pdf
  • What do I need to do to prepare for the Intake Interview?
    · The Intake Eligibility staff conduct a personal interview with you to determine eligibility, collect and verify all documents. · Assistance is provided as needed for reading or interpreting all information, including understanding that all signatures are certification that all information provided is correct and accurate under penalty of law. · Plan to spend a minimum of forty-five (45) minutes for the initial interview.
  • What does the Case Manager do during the Intake Interview?
    · Explain DC’s subsidized childcare program, eligibility requirements and your rights and responsibilities; · Verify your identity by reviewing: - Your government issued photo identification. - If you are physically unable to come to the office your representative can present a letter from you authorizing them to sign the application for you. · Explain that the application is not complete until the application form is filled out and all supporting documents have been received as required. · Review documentation and authenticate all documents received during the visit. · Record key eligibility factors; · Place a copy of all documentation in your paper case record. · Provide you with a copy of all relevant application documents for your records. · Inform you of the types of childcare available; and if they accept vouchers. · Discuss: - The type of childcare needed · center based, · family home, · relative home, or · In-home. - When childcare is needed · Full-day, · Before and after school, · Non-traditional hours including nights and weekends). - Possible special needs or special health care needs of the child. · Exceptions to the interview requirement are made for applicants under the foster care and child protective services programs
  • What supporting documentation should I bring to the interview?
    · A valid government issued photo identification. · All documentation must be original documents, or a copy certified by the issuing agency unless an exception is noted.
  • What Proof of a child’s age is needed?
    · Bring a full-size original birth certificate. The birth certificate must include the name of the parent(s) or guardian(s) requesting services. · A birth certificate in a non-English language with a certified translation; or · Hospital record of birth, only for an infant under six (6) months old signed by a licensed physician or licensed health care practitioner. The official birth certificate must be supplied within 30 days of the date of application.
  • What Proof of the legal relationship between a child and the parent(s) or guardian(s) is needed?
    (1) A full-size original birth certificate. The birth certificate must include the name of the parent(s) or guardian(s) requesting services. (2) A birth certificate in a non-English language with a certified translation. (3) Hospital record of birth, only for an infant under six (6) months old signed by a licensed physician or licensed health care practitioner. The official birth certificate must be supplied within 30 days of the date of application. (4) Current and valid Adoption or Custody Order with a finalization date, issued by a court. Custody may not be established simply by a parent(s) or guardian(s) preparing a notarized letter turning over the care of a child to another person. · A referral from an authorized DC government agency or its vendor that verifies relationship has been established (such as a referral from the DC Superior Court, Family Division, the Economic Securities Administration (ESA), the Child and Family Services Agency or from one of the agencies’ vendors); or · Documentation from a federal or DC entity proving the applicant’s relationship to the child, including receiving benefits on behalf of the child (such as an admission form from DHS, documentation of payment from TANF including child’s name on the statement, a letter verifying Social Security, Veterans’ Benefits, child support, or any other benefit received by the applicant on behalf of a child). For documentation that is more than 30 days old, the applicant must also supply a copy of the current benefit check.
  • What Proof of a child’s citizenship or legal status is needed?
    · Birth certificate showing that the child was born in the United States or to parents holding U.S. citizenship; · United States Passport; · Lawful Permanent Residency Document (formerly known as the “green card”); · Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) documentation or other official identification verifying the child’s citizenship or immigration status; · A visa such as the H-2 visa allowing presence in this country for the time period during which child care is to be provided; · Form I-94 to show entry as a refugee; · Form I-94 showing grant of asylum; · Order from an Immigration Judge showing deportation withheld; · Form I-94 showing admission under conditional entry; · An approved or pending petition of a battered spouse or child; or · A formal referral from one of the following sources: - (A) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); - (B) Food Stamp Employment/Training Program.
  • What Proof of DC residency is needed?
    · All documentation validating residence is in the applicant’s name; is an original document and, all dated no more than 30 days prior to the date eligibility is being established. - Current official rent receipt on the company form or letterhead including the name of the applicant, current address, name of the landlord or rental agency, and date of receipt; - Evidence of home ownership such as a mortgage payment statement including the applicants name and current address; · Lease, mortgage, or housing subsidy document showing applicant’s name and address; · Original utility bill (residential telephone, gas, electric, water and sewer bill) showing applicant’s name and current address. - Cellular telephone bills are not accepted. - Cable bills are unacceptable unless the home telephone service is included on the bill; · A notarized letter with original seal (indentation) signed by the landlord, homeowner, or person with whom the applicant resides stating that the applicant and children (include names) live with the writer at the stated address. · One pay stub with current address may be included among these supporting documents. · E-bills for utilities (telephone, electric, water and sewer or gas) showing applicant name and current address along with two pieces of mail as described directly above; · Referrals from an authorized DC agency such as the Child and Family Services Agency (Foster Care or Child Protective Services), DC Superior Court, or the TANF program; · Documentation that the applicant is currently receiving TANF, Food Stamp or Medicaid benefits.
  • What Proof of employment is needed?
    · Two (2) most recent consecutive pay statements verifying employment including the name of the employee, social security number (or employee identification number or its equivalent), the number of hours worked, wages and salary information for the pay period on the statement. · An original letter from the employer on business letterhead with company name identified. The supervisor or manager must sign and date the letter. The letter must include the applicant’s full name and address, start date of employment, gross wages or salary, work schedule (hours and days). · A letter is acceptable only in a case where pay statement is not normally given such as in domestic employment. · A letter is also acceptable for an employee in a new job. - The new employee must submit an original pay statement within 30 days of the application and must submit one (1) more pay statements to complete the requirement for two (2) original pay statements. · A letter is also acceptable for documentation of Family Medical Leave · Referral from ESA or one of its vendors who provide training and placement; · Confirmation of job search or job training from DOES, TANF Employment Program, Food Stamp Employment Training (FSET), TANF Employment Provider (TEP), Office of Work Opportunity (OWO), or an ESA-approved job search or work experience program; or · Self-Employment records: Self-employed persons must supply the same documents maintained for income and tax purposes, including but not limited to: - Valid DC business license; · Daily log record (manifest) of an operator of a public vehicle for-hire for a minimum of four (4) weeks; · Barber and cosmetology license, records of booth rental and equipment lease or appointment schedules and daily sales · Street Vendor’s license, record of supply purchases and daily sales, and rental equipment receipts with recent dates.
  • What Proof of participation in a training program is needed?
    A letter from the training program identifying the student by name that confirms the applicant’s current attendance and progress/status in the program.
  • What Proof of participation in a post-secondary education program is needed?
    · A schedule of classes from the registrar identifying the student and indicating registration has been paid; · A student identification card; or · A payment receipt from the post-secondary education program for the current semester.
  • What Proof of participation in Food Stamp Employment/Training Programs are needed?
    · A referral from the ESA verifying Food Stamp status (referral doubles as documentation for residency and relationship) · TANF Recipient Acceptable documentation for verification of receipt of TANF benefits includes one of the following: · A current pay statement verifying employment; · Referral from ESA or one of its vendors who provide training and placement; · Confirmation of job search or job training from DOES; · Confirmation of work experience program from ESA; or · Evidence of successful completion and approval of the applicant’s Individual Responsibility Plan.
  • What Proof of income benefits are needed?
    · A current pay statement verifying employment; or · Confirmation of job search or job training from DOES, TANF Employment Program, Food Stamp Employment Training (FSET), TANF Employment Provider (TEP), Office of Work Opportunity (OWO), or an ESA-approved job search or work experience program.
  • What Proof of Foster Care status is needed?
    · Referral from either a Foster Care worker or a CFSA vendor.
  • What proof do I need of a child with special needs?
    · The child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) that is no more than one (1) year old; · The 504 Accommodation Plan, no more than one (1) year old; · A referral from DC’s Early Intervention Program (DC EIP) identifying eligibility for early intervention services; · Results of a standardized assessment instrument, a developmental inventory or behavioral checklist confirming disability; · Written documentation from a certified/licensed therapist certifying disability; · Written documentation from a valid intervention program child is attending certifying disability or special health care need; or · Written documentation from a licensed health practitioner certifying disability or special health care need.
  • What Proof is needed for verification of homelessness:
    · OSSE’s Child Care Referral Form, completed by the eligibility worker at the Virginia Williams Resource Center.
  • What Proof of income is needed?
    · A current pay statement verifying employment; or · Confirmation of job search or job training from DOES, TANF Employment Program, Food Stamp Employment Training (FSET), TANF Employment Provider (TEP), Office of Work Opportunity (OWO), or an ESA approved job search or work experience program; or · Documentation of: - Social Security benefits, - Veterans’ benefits, or - Disability benefits. - Income received for participating in the foster care program shall not count toward the form of verifiable income.
  • What Proof of the expenses may be deducted for children with special needs?
    · Monthly statements reflecting cited expenses; · Insurance claims indicating covered medical expenses and reimbursed amounts; or · If expenses are listed as income tax deductions, a certified copy of the previous year’s DC D-40 income tax statement is acceptable.
  • What happens when my Voucher Application is approved?
    · Once the application is approved, the assigned CCSD Case Worker will inform you with the start date of the subsidized care and with any associated parent fee(s) for the child(ren). · The CCSD worker will then send your chosen child care provider the completed child care admission form (“voucher”) via email.
  • What happens if my Voucher Application is denied?
    · If the application is denied, it must be re-submitted the following week along with all required updated documentation. · The assigned case manager is responsible for notifying you of the denied status.
  • Why will my voucher application be denied?
    · The voucher application will be denied when: - You do not satisfy the eligibility requirements for: · relationship, · the child’s citizenship or immigration status, · residency, · need and/or · income; - You fail to provide all required documentation for the establishment of eligibility within 30 days of the date of the application; - Your information is found to be false; or - Funds are not available for placement for a family in a non-priority category. In this case, your name may be added to a waiting list.
  • When the application for subsidized care is denied, written notice is provided, including:
    · The decision; · The basis for the decision, including legal citations where appropriate; · Explanation of your right to an Administrative Hearing; and · The eligibility staff member’s signature and the date. · The eligibility staff shall provide information and referral services pertaining to other government and community programs and services to address other needs of the applicant. The case record for a denied or voided application, including any documentation related to the case, must be maintained for ninety (90) days in case the applicant appeals the decision.
  • Where can EPT’s/Parents/Guardians find childcare resources?
    Free and confidential services to assist your search for licensed child care in the District of Columbia is available through: · The DC NEXT! (Network for Expectant and Parenting Teens) website which offers the Howard University Gen Alpha Childcare Services at: DC Next! (dc-next.org) · The DC Child Care Connections My Child Care DC at: http://childcareconnections.osse.dc.gov/. · The DC Child Care Connections Child Care Resource and Referral Service (DC CCR&R) is located at: CentroNia 1420 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202) 862-1111 https://www.childcareaware.org/about/child-care-resource-referral/ · The DC CCR&R offers a resource lending library where families can obtain articles, books, resources, and other materials that focus on issues of child development, special needs, school readiness, and other topics of interest to parents at: · Non-traditional services or evenings, nights, and weekends are available on the site.
  • How do I request Non-Traditional Child Care Services?
    · Non-Traditional Services are available and can be provided if the chosen center/provider offers these services and has available slots.
  • How do I request Child Care Center Changes or to Add New Children?
    · You can email the request to the email box of: ESA.Childcare@dc.gov
  • What Child Care Options are available?
    · Center-Based Provider Level 1 Child Care Centers licensed by the Department of Health (DOH) Licensing Regulation Administration · Center-Based Provider Level 2 Licensed Child Care Centers who can conduct childcare intake using DHS eligibility requirements. · Family Child Care Home Provider Home-Based Child Care licensed by DOH. · Child Development Home Satellite System - Level 2 Licensed center-based providers are non-profit organizations, or Child and Adult Care Food Program sponsors that conduct childcare intake for associated independent home-based providers. · Relative Care Provider - Relatives selected by the parent or guardian to provide care in the child’s home. Parental intake is performed by DHS representatives. Provider intake is performed by the Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE). · In-home Care Provider Care provider selected by the parent or guardian to provide care in the child’s home. · Head Start Programs - Care for infants, toddlers and children ages 6 weeks to 5years old. Full day and full-year programs available. Center-Based school readiness programs are available in community-based settings throughout the city. · Pre-Kindergarten Programs - Center-Based school readiness programs for 3-5 year old children in community-based settings throughout the city.
  • What is Non-Traditional Child Care?
    · Non-Traditional childcare is a service offered to parents whose work schedule is outside of the standard hours of 7 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday. · Parents can receive childcare services on the weekend, nights, and evenings. Eligibility is based on the customer’s employment and/or training schedule. · The parent or guardian must have original documentation that will verify their need for non-traditional childcare based on a countable activity (school and/or work schedule).
  • What options of non-traditional services are available?
    · Extended day full-time - Six to fourteen hours of countable activity with at least one hour in the morning before 7 am or in the afternoon after 6 pm. · Extended day part-time - Less than six hours of countable activity with at least one hour in the morning before 7 am or in the afternoon after 6 pm. · Nontraditional full-time - Six to eleven hours between 6 pm and 7 am Monday through Friday, or six to eleven hours on Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday, within a twenty-four-hour period. · Nontraditional part-time - Less than six hours between 6 pm and 7 am Monday through Friday, or less than six hours on Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday, within a twenty-four-hour period.
  • How do I get non-traditional child care?
    · A listing of non-traditional childcare providers enrolled in the Child Care Subsidy Program can be obtained by calling the Washington Child Development Council (WCDC) at (202) 387-0002. · A listing of non-traditional child care providers who offer subsidized child care can be obtained by calling the Child Care Services Division at (202) 727-0284, between 8:15 am – 4:45 pm Monday – Friday. The fax number is (202) 727-9709.
  • What resource information is available for EPTs to navigate the voucher and child care application systems?
    · Apply and Recertify for Benefits: https://dhs.dc.gov/service/apply-and-recertify-benefits · Child Care Fact Sheet.pdf: https://dhs.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/dhs/service_content/attachments/Child%20Care%20Fact%20Sheet_4.pdf · Child Care Services Contact Phone: (202) 727-0284 Contact Fax: (202) 727-9709 Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, from 8:15 am - 3:30 pm.
  • What steps should EPTs follow for finding child care?
    · Identify what's important to you from childcare providers by asking yourself different questions. - Think about location, cost, availability, quality, size · Make a list of providers that might meet those criteria. - Tip: talk to your school counselor or use the DC NEXT HU Gen Alpha Child Care website to help you find answers and providers. · Tour the childcare centers and/or family child care homes
  • Can my child be on the Priority Waiting List?
    · Priority groups have been established for purposes of continuing to enroll children if a waiting list is in effect and for giving first opportunity for placement if there are more applicants than available funds. · Priority Groups are: - Children of families with very low family income: · Participants in the Food Stamp/Employment/Training Program · TANF recipients · TANF Payee; · Working parent(s) or guardian(s) · Parent(s) or guardian(s) in job training or post-secondary education programs - Parent(s) or guardian(s) in job search - Teen Parent(s) · Children with special needs, and vulnerable children to include: - Children in foster care - Children under Protective Services - Children of Adults with Disabilities - Children of recipients of vocational rehabilitation services · Children experiencing homelessness
  • What questions should I ask the child care providers?
    · Use a childcare checklist to talk to the caregivers and directors https://www.childcareaware.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Center-Checklist_FINAL.pdf · Take in-person tours before choosing a program. If the programs are not able to offer in-person tours during the pandemic, discuss virtual tour options. - When speaking with a provider, ask to set up a time for a video call where you can take your “tour” and ask questions. · Plan for the call to last between 30-60 minutes. You may not need all of that time, but you should be able to take your time and see all the areas that your child would have access to, including common areas, classrooms, bathrooms, eating areas, and outdoor play areas. - Ask questions about the program activities during the tour. - Ask to “meet” any caregiver who would be working with your child. - Ask if there is a way for you to view adult-child interactions since you cannot experience it in person. - Ask what is the Center’s Capital Quality Rating? - Ask about parent groups and activities. You may also request an opportunity to speak with another parent.
  • Do all child development facilities in DC need to be licensed?
    · The District of Columbia has more than 400 licensed child development facilities. · My Child Care DC provides a complete up-to-date search of these licensed child development facilities in DC. · DC Public Schools, charter schools and private schools that provide pre-K education do not go through this licensing process. · If you are interested in learning about pre-K education in a DC Public School or charter school, please visit My School DC. · Facilities that provide only before- or after-care, summertime educational services or classes and activities such as music or dance for children are not licensed in the same way as child development facilities. · Similarly, caregiving in a family’s home, participation in a nanny share and occasional child care, such as babysitting or child care during religious services, do not need to abide by the same licensing regulations. Since these types of childcare are not licensed, they do not appear in the search options on My Child Care DC.
  • How do I find out if the child care program I am interested in is licensed?
    · Visit ‘My Child Care DC’. · You can do a provider search by the name of the facility, address, location within DC or · By features important to you and your family.
  • Do providers need to give parents a 15 day Notice of Termination?
    · In most cases, yes! The only exceptions would be: - in cases of excessive absences (more than 5 unexcused absences in the month), - a parent’s disruptive behavior or fraud. - A copy of the Notice of Termination must be kept on file.
  • What services are available for infants and toddlers with physical or emotional disabilities?
    · Strong Start: is DC’s comprehensive and coordinated system for infants and toddlers with developmental delays. · If you believe that a child may benefit from Strong Start services or you have questions, please contact the Strong Start team at (202) 727-3665 or OSSE.DCeip@dc.gov.
  • How do I submit a complaint about a child development facility?
    · Call the Complaint and Unusual Incidents Hotline: (202) 727-2993 or · Send an email to OSSE.ChildcareComplaints@dc.gov. · Complaints may also be faxed to the Compliance and Integrity Division at (202) 727-7295.
  • What is the difference between a child development center, child development home and an expanded child development home?
    · A child development center: Is a child development facility based in a center. With no maximum number of seats · Child development home: provides care in the provider’s home. Can have up to six children. · Expanded child development homes: Are located in the provider’s home. Can enroll up to 12 children.
  • Where can I find aggregated information about child deaths, serious injuries and substantiated instances of child abuse in District of Columbia child development facilities?
    Use this link: https://mychildcare.dc.gov/MyChildCare/AggregateData/2611/0
  • How are child development facilities rated?
    · Capital Quality measures early care and education program quality and focuses on continuous quality improvement. · https://osse.dc.gov/page/capital-quality-qris
  • Are child development facility inspection reports current?
    · My Child Care DC Quality Ratings are updated annually on Oct. 1st. Data is updated in real-time and housed for three years at a time.
  • Will all child development facilities have information about their quality ratings?
    · All child development facilities who accept childcare vouchers are required to participate in Capital Quality.
  • What Capital Quality Designations rate evidence of responsive scheduling, warm/positive interactions) that promotes children’s cognitive, physical and social-emotional development?
    · Developing: These programs meet children’s basic health and safety standards and there is minimal evidence that the program provides a nurturing environment with supportive interactions, · Progressing: These programs meet children’s basic health and safety standards and there is adequate evidence that the program provides a nurturing environment with supportive interactions, · Quality: These programs meet children’s basic health and safety standards and there is good evidence that the program provides a nurturing environment with supportive interactions, · High-Quality: These programs meet children’s basic health and safety standards and there is considerable evidence that the program provides a nurturing environment with supportive interactions, · Preliminary: These programs meet children’s basic health and safety standards. This is an initial designation provided to programs that have just entered the Capital Quality rating system. These programs are still in the process of being rated.
  • Are criminal background checks conducted on workers in child development facilities in DC?
    · Employees and volunteers working in licensed childcare facilities in the District of Columbia must follow the background check process as outlined and posted on the OSSE website. · https://osse.dc.gov/page/background-check-process-child-care-providers
  • How do I obtain criminal background check records for childcare providers?
    · You must make an appointment. Click here https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/cxxrrtcy/ to make an appointment. · To file a request, you will need one of the following: - Driver's License - Non-Driver ID - Original Birth Certificate AND Social Security Card - There is a $7 fee (cash or money orders only, payable to DC Treasurer; no credit cards or personal checks) to obtain these records. · On the day of your appointment, report to: Henry J. Daly Building 300 Indiana Avenue NW Room 1075 Washington, DC 20001 · To make a Background Check Request Via Mail · Write a notarized letter requesting a background check to: Metropolitan Police Department Criminal History Section 300 Indiana Avenue NW, Room 1075 Washington, DC 20001 · The letter must include the following information: - Your Full Name - Your Date of Birth - Your Social Security Number - A Self-addressed Stamped Envelope - $7 Money Order payable to the DC Treasurer (Checks Not Accepted) · The letter must be notarized by a Notary Public prior to mailing. · Allow six weeks for processing from the date the request is made. · For more information or additional assistance, contact (202) 727-4245.
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