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Interested in Becoming a Provider in the Child Care Certificate Program?

Child Care Provider

The Department of Human Services  is recruiting child care providers to participate in the Child Care Certificate Program, also known as the Child Care Payment Assistance Program. 

Every Tennessee family should have access to affordable quality care for their child. You can play a big part in making their dreams a reality.

Now is a great time to join the Child Care Certificate Program!

  • Child Care providers are reimbursed by enrollment, not attendance.
  • Child care reimbursement rates have increased for all participating child care providers.
  • Bonus rates are awarded for offering care during non-traditional hours and in child care deserts or distressed counties. 

To learn more about the program and sign up to participate, contact your local Child Care Office. 

Not licensed, but want to learn more about how you can participate? Review our guide to becoming a licensed child care provider.

Benefits of Participating Child Care Certificate Program

Parent at Child Care Center

For Families:

Child Care payment assistance provides financial support to allow for increased access to quality care.

Child Care Provider with Parent

For Child Care Providers:

The State pays the subsidy rate directly to the child care provider based upon the child's age and the provider's location.