As our communities cope with ever changing guidance, Inclusive Partners is still doing what we can to support child care providers, children, and their families.  Although we are still working remotely and available via phone and email, we are starting to make some site visits.  We will continue to encourage virtual connections to determine if further supports are needed.  We reserve the choice to meet in person if the situation warrants.

Our team members are committed to reducing the transmission of COVID-19.  Let's continue to be patient and kind in allowing space to make the safest choices for each of us.

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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