BECOME A PROVIDER
How do I become a Child Care Services (CCS) provider?
BENEFITS OF BECOMING A CCS PROVIDER
With your help, we can ensure qualifying children and families have access to childcare at an affordable cost. You will have the opportunity to strengthen families and your community by partnering with Workforce Solutions Alamo to provide child care to working families. Once qualified, CCS children receive care by giving parents the option of choosing YOU as their Child Care Provider.
ONCE A CCS PROVIDER
- You will be assigned a designated staff member to work with.
- You will be paid at the Board Maximum Reimbursement Rate or your Published Rate, whichever is lower.
- You can apply to become a Texas Rising Star (TRS) provider and earn even higher reimbursement rates.
- As a regular provider you will be paid 9 holidays per year. TRS Providers are paid 12 holidays per year.
- Nationally Accredited? Some National Accreditations allow you to become TRS certified at the highest level immediately after submitting a TRS application.
- You can increase diversity by serving more children from your community.
- Mentors are available to providers interested in the Texas Rising Star (TRS) certification.
Workforce Solutions Alamo often offers some resources that can assist a Provider and its staff in reaching their highest professional potential. Some resources may include, based upon availability:
- T.E.A.C.H. scholarship fee assistance
- Funding for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™
- Free or cost-effective training opportunities for you and your staff
- Stipends, Grants and/or Scholarships
- Material purchases
1. Submit a Provider Packet online at http://bit.ly/CCSProviderPacket or contact CCS for a paper packet
2. Submit the required documents:
- License from Child Care Licensing
- Published rates on Letter Head
- Document to validate ownership of the child care facility (DBA or Assumed Name Certificate
- Federal Employer Identification (EIN) or Social Security card (absent an EIN)
- Current Texas driver’s license (for Child Care Homes)
- Parent Handbook that relates to your services
- Signed letter from current bank to validate account owner (include routing and full account number)
- W9 Form https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf
3. CCS Provider staff will review the forms for accuracy and completion.4. The Rate Calculation Worksheet will be completed by CCS staff and sent for signature.
Note: Documents not submitted through the online form can be submitted by: faxing to (210) 277-2718, e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or bringing/mailing clear copies to 1499 Hillcrest Dr. Suite 103, San Antonio, 78228.
Return documents by postal mail, email, in person or fax:
Child Care Services (Attn: Provider Services )
San Antonio, TX 78229
Fax (210) 277-2718
Once the provider packet and documents have been received; a review process will be initiated. If anything is needed; you will be contacted. You may view a copy of the Provider Regulated handbook here.
- Infant – 0 to 17 months
- Toddler – 18 to 35 months
- Preschool – 36 to 71 months
- School-age – 72 months until the child’s 13th birthday
Current Maximum Reimbursement Daily Rates.
POTENTIAL CCS PROVIDERS MUST:
Not have an outstanding balance owed to the CCS Program.
Not be debarred from any other State or Federal Programs.
TEXAS RISING STAR
TRS Provider certification is a process for improving the quality of child care services provided in Texas. A TRS Provider is a child care provider that has an agreement with Child Care Services (CCS) to serve Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) subsidized children and that voluntarily meets requirements that exceed the State’s Minimum Licensing Standards for child care facilities. The TRS certification system provides graduated levels of certification as providers meet progressively higher certification requirements. Certification as a TRS Provider is available to Licensed Center, Licensed Child Care Home, and Registered Child Care Home providers who meet the certification criteria. The process improves the quality of child care provided, not only to TWC subsidized children, but to all children enrolled in certified facilities. TRS certified providers are eligible for an enhanced reimbursement rate.
Click here for TRS Guidelines.
QUALITY PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE
The Quality Partnership Initiative is designed to increase the number of and access to high-quality early education and school-age care in the Alamo region. We focus on child care program support through quality mentoring, training, and education in order to help your program reach its goal of achieving and maintaining Texas Rising Star Certification. The benefits of our program include one-on-one mentoring, technical assistance, priority for professional development opportunities, as well as financial incentives. To get started on a path of continuous quality improvement, please click on the links for the provider letter and mentoring application.
Please call 210-582-1554 or email email@example.com if you’re interested in becoming a TRS provider in the Alamo region.
Training Opportunities & Resources
Go to the ReadyKidSA website www.readykidsa.com Click “Provider Resources”, then click on “Professional Development Calendar”.
Go to the Family Service Association’s website at www.Family-Service.org. Click on “Our Services”, then “Child Care Resource & Referral”, then “Providers”.
Go to the San Antonio Association for the Education of Young Children at saaeyc.wordpress.com. Click on Calendar.
Go to the Family & Consumer Science section of the Texas Cooperative Extension’s website at fcs.tamu.edu. You may also contact the Extension agent at (210) 467-6575 for Bexar County, (830) 257-6568 for Kerr, Kendall, Gillespie, Bandera & Medina Counties. Call (512) 393-2120 for Guadalupe & Wilson counties.
Go to the Southern Early Childhood Association’s website at www.southernearlychildhood.org
Go to the National Association for Regulatory Administration’s website at www.naralicensing.org.
Go to the National Child Care Association’s website at www.nccanet.org or call 1-800-543-7161.
Go to the National Association for Family Child Care’s (NAFCC) website at www.nafcc.org
Go to the Texas Licensed Child Care Association’s website at www.tlcca.org.
Go to the Council for Professional Recognition’s website at www.cdacouncil.org
Go to Texas Early Care and Education Career Development System- TECECDS (tecpds.org) for the Texas Trainer Registry, which is a database of qualified trainers all across Texas in the early childhood field.
Go to Texas Agrilife Extension website at extensiononline.tamu.edu