Oregon State Increases Child Care Expense Reimbursement Rates for Providers – Tillamook County Pioneer

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(Salem) – Child care expense reimbursement rates are increasing for providers caring for children of families who receive child care expense assistance through the Department of Social Services in Oregon (ODHS).

ODHS pays child care providers for child care services provided to families receiving child care assistance through employment-related child care programs (ERDC) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).

The new child care reimbursement rates take effect June 1, 2022 and increase due to the passage of Bill 4005 from the 2022 legislative session.

Average monthly reimbursement rates for full-time care increase by:

  • 18% for the care of family, friends and neighbors
  • Between 6 and 20% for nurseries
  • Between 11 and 25% for licensed home care

“For many families, the cost of childcare can be a barrier to reaching their goals and entering and staying in the workforce,” said Claire Seguin, assistant director of programs at self-sufficiency of ODHS. “These reimbursement rate increases will ensure families have equal access to quality child care.

“As our child care system continues to struggle with staffing shortages and a lack of child care provision, this is an important first step in ensuring that our child care providers receive fair pay,” said Oregon Early Learning System Director Alyssa Chatterjee. “I appreciate the Legislature’s investment in our system and what it will mean for Oregon families receiving assistance with their child care costs.”

Actual child care expense reimbursement rates vary depending on the type of provider, the age of the child, and the community in which the provider is located. A full list of reimbursement rates is available online at https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/ASSISTANCE/CHILD-CARE/Pages/Rates.aspx.

The ERDC helps eligible families pay for work-related child care costs, including enrollment and enrollment fees. ERDC is a subsidy program, which means that some families, depending on their income, may be required to pay a copayment.

TANF helps those engaged in the Job Opportunity and Basic Skills (JOBS) program achieve their goals by providing direct childcare payments to providers as well as assistance with registration fees.

Oregonians can apply online for ERDC, TANF and other government aid online at One.Oregon.Gov or by phone at 1-800-699-9075 or TTY 711.

Resources to meet basic needs

The Oregon Department of Social Services, Self-Sufficiency Programs operates the Work-Related Child Care Program. The Employment Related Day Care program helps working families with child care costs, including registration and registration fees. It also works with statewide partners, including the Division of Early Learning, to help families find quality child care.

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