Delaware Increases Reimbursement Rate for Child Care Providers
Financing, Basic Needs/Economic Stability, Child Care, Quality Improvement, Financing
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ZERO TO THREE Policy Center state updates
During a time when many states were cutting funding for child care subsidy programs, Delaware increased the reimbursement rates early care and education providers receive for caring for low-income children. As of October 1, 2011, all providers caring for children eligible for the state’s Purchase of Care system began receiving 65% of the market rate, plus an additional 50 cents per child per day. Prior to the change, reimbursement rates varied across the state, with the majority of early care and education providers receiving less than the new standard rate. The $12 million necessary to implement the increase was part of a $22 million plan to improve early childhood services passed by the legislature in June 2011.