As you all know, Our communities are working hard to adapt how to we can continue to do business in light of ever changing recommendations from our Governor, the CDC and Administration regarding personal contact to contain the spread of the COVID-19.
We at Inclusive Partners are taking all necessary precautions to contain the spread of the disease. Each of us are working remotely and communicating via phone, email and virtual conferencing options. What that means for our services is that we are available in many ways except in person. We will continue to answer emails, take phone calls and work with families, child care providers and community partners to support children with specialized needs while in child care.
Please call or email us for more information should you be interested in accessing our services.
Stay well and Wash your hands!
The Inclusive Partners Team
The High Needs Rate Program Through DHS Childcare
DHS High Needs Program
Inclusive Partners works with DHS Self Sufficiency to coordinate the High Needs program for families with children who have higher needs and are receiving child care subsidy through ERDC or JOBS/TANF.
Local DHS workers, not Inclusive Partners staff, determine eligibility for child care assistance through ERDC or TANF/Jobs.
DHS has two types of rates for children with higher level needs: the Special Needs Rate and the High Needs Rate.
Children with a special need rate may also be eligible for a higher rate to support that child’s care. Families may request a High Needs referral from their DHS caseworker. Inclusive Partners may also work with child care providers to begin the referral process.
Inclusive Partners staff complete the High Needs Rate Determination Assessment in the child care setting to determine the child’s individual rate and the provider’s consultation and technical assistance needs.
The High Needs Rate is intended to help stabilize care and offer inclusive supports to the child care provider in their setting. The supplement is to enhance a child’s experience, it does not cover child care costs.
If you have further questions, contact your DHS caseworker or Inclusive Partners.
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