In Pennsylvania, subsidized child care is provided through a parent choice system.
When a parent receives funding, you choose who cares for your child! ELRC staff will provide information on how to select a quality program that will meet your individual needs. The ELRC is able to pay certified child care programs, grandparents, aunts and uncles that are eligible to participate in the subsidized child care program.
Note: Anyone caring for more than 3 children must be certified with the Department of Human Services which may require a local zoning permit, an occupancy permit from the Dept. of Labor and Industry, clearances and training.
CHILD CARE CENTERS
A child care center is a facility in which seven or more children unrelated to the operator receive child care services. A child day care center must have a certificate of compliance (license) from DHS in order to operate.
GROUP CHILD CARE
A group care home is a facility in which seven to 12 children unrelated to the operator receive child care services. A group day care home must have a certificate of compliance (license) from DHS in order to operate.
LICENSED FAMILY CHILD CARE
A family day care home is a facility in which four, five or six children unrelated to the operator receive child care services. A family care home must be located in a home and must have a certificate of registration from DHS in order to operate.
RELATIVE CHILD CARE
A relative provider is related to the child by either marriage, court decree, or blood relation. Can be a grandmother, grandfather, great grandmother, great grandfather, aunt, uncle or sibling 18 years or older to provide child care for any child requesting care. The relative provider can not live in the same home as the child(ren) who are receiving care.