The Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES) contracts with Child Care Centers and Group homes who are licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). Benefits of Becoming contracted with ADES:
Advertising that you accept DES Children may result in an incase in enrollment.
Free advertising in Arizona Child Care Resources and referral (CCR&R) as a DES provider for families receiving DES Child Care Subsidy and private pay families utilizing this resource
Stability and consistency for DES families.
Child Care Development Funding (CCDF) is a paid per child. The parent in most cases pays a small portion of care. The provider would receive a consistent monthly payment.
Tiered reimbursement: Additional 10% for 4-Star Quality First Programs and 20% for 5-Star Quality First or Nationally Accredited Programs.
Enhanced rates for Special Needs Children (SNC) that qualify. (Child requirement: eligible documentation. Provider requirement: 3-5 Star Quality Rating or Accreditation).
May qualify for Quality Set Aside funding such as Professional Career Pathway Project (PCPP) Scholarships, Arizona Self-Study Project (ASSP) for National Accreditation support
Free quality training in topics that cover Health and Safety, Early Childhood, Infant/Toddler, School Age Development, Expulsion Prevention and Leadership Network, including one-on-one technical assistance to further support implementing best practices in your program.
Suspension and Expulsion Prevention Support for families and providers through Resource Hotline, phone consultation, collaboration meetings, provider site visits and linkage to community resources.
How to Apply to Become a Licensed Child Care Center or Group Home Provider
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) licenses group homes. These are family home child care providers who care for 5 to 10 children in their home. In order to provide care to DES qualified children, group homes must be contracted with DES and be licensed by ADHS.
For information on becoming licensed as a group home, please contact:
The ADHS licenses child care centers. These are child care providers who care for 10 or more children at a location separate from their residence. In order to provide care to DES qualified children, child care centers must be contracted with DES and be licensed by ADHS. For information on becoming licensed as a child care center, please contact:
Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADES does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADES’s Office of Equal Opportunity at [email protected]. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.