Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Guidance Document Change: The overarching goal of the Child Care Subsidy Program is to improve equitable access to high quality affordable child care options for eligible families, ultimately improving children’s school readiness for kindergarten. Virginia will accomplish this implementing policies and processes that: 1. Are flexible and responsive to families’ needs and realities; 2. Prioritize higher levels of support to families with the fewest resources; and 3. Ensure families have equal access to the broad array of child care options. Child care services are child-centered, family-focused services that support the family goals of economic self-sufficiency and child development by providing for the supervision, protection and well-being of the child while the parent is participating in an approved activity. The purpose of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of child care services. Toward this end, guidance and service strategies are designed to meet the following goals: 1. To provide low-income and otherwise eligible families with the financial resources to find and afford quality child care. 2. To ensure that the child care program contributes to the broader objective of self-sufficiency. 3. To provide child care to children with parents who are trying to achieve independence from public assistance. 4. To promote parental choice in the selection of child care. 5. To empower working parents to make their own decisions regarding the child care that best suits their family’s needs. 6. To provide consumer education to help parents make informed choices about child care. 7. To ensure that subsidy dollars are provided to the neediest families. 8. To enhance the quality as defined by VQB5, Virginia’s new statewide measurement and improvement system, and increase the supply of child care for all families. 9. To improve the coordination among child care programs and early childhood development programs in partnership with Virginia’s Ready Regions. 10. To design a flexible program that provides for the changing needs of recipient families and engage families in their children's development and learning. 11. To provide uninterrupted services to families and providers, to the extent of available funding, to support parental education, training, job search, and employment and continuity of care that minimizes disruptions to children's learning and development.
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9/9/22  1:16 pm
Commenter: Anonymous


I applaud the efforts in increasing rates throughout our area. What I don’t understand is how there is not an increase in the 810 area for children that are 2 and up.  

We spend more than 10 hours a day with these children ( some 12+ hours) teaching, educating, training, potty training, etc on a daily basis and we are rarely able to increase our rates (once every 4-5 years, if that).   Only to have childcare workers tell their clients they are able to utilize care up to 12 hours a day.  Where does anyone else in the country or state work at for 12 hours a day, and 5 days a week without being paid overtime.  Can we get any lawmaker to tell us that they work 60 hours a week with 20 of those considered overtime but you are not paid time and a half.   And they wonder why educators are burned out and pay is so little.  

In addition, the care we provide for school children including transportation fees to and from schools. At what point in the true cost estimator calculator were these fees added.   So we are to just take an additional loss of gas, bus maintenance and expenses because parents feel this fee is included in weekly tuition rates which again have not been increased.  

On top of this, to see that home providers are being paid more than Centers for these same children sound ludicrous especially seeing that a center has more exposure, expenses, payroll, everything is much higher than home based providers.   This is coming from a provider with 30 yrs experience throughout several states with both a home based and center based background. 

If it wasn’t for the love of the children., I would say it’s time to walk away. 
we want quality, but no one truly wants to pay for it.  
Advocacy I’m on my way 

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