The Virginia Department of Social Services invites you to SAVE THE DATE for some exciting Farm to CACFP and Farm to School Activities this October.Read More
The Virginia Department of Social Services is continuing our efforts to improve the Child Care Subsidy provider experience. One approach that VDSS is taking to enhance the Child Care Subsidy Provider experience is to provide more resources and technical assistance to providers. The Child Care Subsidy Program will begin conducting visits to Child Care Subsidy Providers
There have been several changes to the Vendor Agreement, so it is important that you become familiar with the new Agreement. Changes include the 60-day manual attendance acceptance has changed to 30-days from the service period effective 6/1/19.
As efforts are made to improve the experience of Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) Child Care Subsidy vendors, revisions have been made to the VA-ECC Vendor Attendance Report (Manual Attendance form).
The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) will continue to cover the cost of fingerprint based criminal history searches for those individuals in child day programs who are required to be fingerprinted. The decision has been made to use these funds to ease the financial burden the background check safety requirements has placed on child care programs. VDSS will pay for fingerprint based criminal history searches through September 30, 2020. Beginning October 1, 2020, child care providers will be responsible for these fees, so please use this time to budget accordingly. The fee for fingerprinting is $39.00 for volunteers and $59.00 for all others. (posted 6/19/2019)
Legislation was passed in the 2019 Virginia General Assembly that affects child day care providers. House Bill 1627 requires inspections of child welfare agencies be prioritized with complaint inspections having the highest priority. After complaint inspections, inspections will be for licensed or registered program, then subsidy inspections, and finally inspections of license exempt and unlicensed programs. Senate Bill 1435 adds an order of summary suspension which is a sanction option that the Commissioner can use when revoking or denying renewal of a license or with other disciplinary action. A legislative memo can be found here. (posted 6/19/2019)
Providing access to summer meals for children in low-income areas is an important priority for USDA. When school is out during the summer months and children are no longer receiving breakfast and lunch at school, many families struggle to feed their children nutritious meals each day. USDA Food and Nutrition Services summer meal programs work to fill this critical gap. The Summer Food Service Program ensures that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Help us ensure that no child goes hungry this summer. To find a summer food site near a family or provider click here. (posted 6/1/2019)
If you are experiencing technical difficulty accessing it, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 833-551-7794. (posted 5/15/2019)
Early care programs across Virginia are celebrating Rev Your Bev Day on May 9 to raise awareness about the importance of healthy beverages for children! Go to www.revyourbev.com for more information or to sign up. The first 500 early care providers to sign up will receive a FREE classroom Rev Your Bev kit. (posted 5/9/2019)
Virginia's Child Care Plan for FFY 2019 - 2021 was recently approved by the federal government and is now available. To access the plan, click here, and go to the FY 2019-2021 Virginia Child Care Plan. (posted 3/18/2019)
The Virginia Child Care Provider Scholarship Program (VCCPSP) application deadline is approaching soon, and closes on April 15, 2019. VCCPSP offers current and future child care providers a foundation in the care and development of children. Administered by the Virginia Department of Social Services, the Program allows early educators to attend undergraduate (credit) courses at Virginia's accredited colleges. Click here for an application and more information.
Effective July 1, 2017 all licensed child day centers, licensed family day homes, family day systems, family day homes approved by a family day system, registered family day homes, religious exempt child day centers, and child day centers and family day homes that enter into a contract with VDSS or a local to provide child care services funded by the Child Care and Development Block Grant are required to submit a sworn statement, national fingerprint-based criminal history record checks, search results from the child abuse and neglect registry in Virginia, and search results from a child abuse and neglect registry in any other state a person has lived in the past five years to meet the requirements of a background check. VDSS is currently developing an implementation plan for obtaining fingerprint based checks.
Additional guidance and procedures regarding background investigations include a barrier crime list; a list of convictions requiring registration in the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry.
Effective July 1, 2017, the list of barrier crimes moved from § 63.2-1719 to § 19.2-392.02 of the Code of Virginia. New barrier crimes have been added to the list along with substantially similar offenses under the laws of another jurisdiction.
This FREE online course introduces child care staff to important health and safety information and addresses other topics such as child development, inclusion, and Virginia’s Subsidy and Licensing Programs. Participants will earn a 10-hour training certificate upon completion and a CEU!! Completion of the training is required for all staff who work in a program that participates in the Virginia Child Care Subsidy Program, but all Virginia child care staff are welcome and strongly encouraged to take this FREE course. Please check with your employer to determine if your program participates in Virginia’s Subsidy Program and you are required to complete the training. To access the course, or for more information including FAQs, click on the Provider tab at the top of this page and go to Training & Professional Development.
Effective July 1, 2016, the number of children that a family day home may care for before it must be licensed changed. Family day homes are now required to obtain a state-issued license from the Virginia Department of Social Services when caring for more than 4 children (not including the provider’s biological children or other children legally residing in the home). If the family day home cares for more than 4 children under the age of two, including the provider’s biological children and children who legally reside in the home, the family day home provider must possess a state-issued license or a voluntarily registered certificate from VDSS. Note: If all children are the biological children of the provider, meaning related to the provider by blood or marriage, the home is not required to be licensed.