TITLE 40
Human services

CHAPTER 40-6.2
Child Care – State Subsidies

SECTION 40-6.2-1.1


§ 40-6.2-1.1 Rates established.

(a) Through June 30, 2015, subject to the payment limitations in section (b), the maximum reimbursement rates to be paid by the departments of human services and children, youth and families for licensed child care centers and certified family-child care providers shall be based on the following schedule of the 75th percentile of the 2002 weekly market rates adjusted for the average of the 75th percentile of the 2002 and the 2004 weekly market rates:

LICENSED CHILD CARE CENTERS 75th PERCENTILE OF WEEKLY MARKET RATE
INFANT $182.00
PRESCHOOL $150.00
SCHOOL-AGE $135.00

CERTIFIED FAMILYCHILD CARE CHILD CARE PROVIDERS 75th PERCENTILE OF WEEKLY MARKET RATE
INFANT $150.00
PRESCHOOL $150.00
SCHOOL-AGE $135.00

Effective July 1, 2015, subject to the payment limitations in subsection (b), the maximum reimbursement rates to be paid by the departments of human services and children, youth and families for licensed child care centers and certified family-child care providers shall be based on the above schedule of the 75th percentile of the 2002 weekly market rates adjusted for the average of the 75th percentile of the 2002 and the 2004 weekly market rates. These rates shall be increased by ten dollars ($10.00) per week for infant/toddler care provided by certified family-child care providers and license-exempt providers and then the rates for all providers for all age groups shall be increased by three percent (3%).

(b) The department shall pay child care providers based on the lesser of the applicable rate specified in subsection (a), or the lowest rate actually charged by the provider to any of its public or private child care customers with respect to each of the rate categories, infant, preschool and school-age.

(c) By June 30, 2004 and biennially through June 30, 2014, the department of labor and training shall conduct an independent survey or certify an independent survey of the then current weekly market rates for child care in Rhode Island and shall forward such weekly market rate survey to the department of human services. The next survey shall be conducted by June 30, 2016, and triennially thereafter. The departments of human services and labor and training will jointly determine the survey criteria including, but not limited to, rate categories and sub-categories.

(d) In order to expand the accessibility and availability of quality child care, the department of human services is authorized to establish by regulation alternative or incentive rates of reimbursement for quality enhancements, innovative or specialized child care and alternative methodologies of child care delivery, including non-traditional delivery systems and collaborations.

(e) On or before January 1, 2007, all child care providers have the option to be paid every two (2) weeks and have the option of automatic direct deposit and/or electronic funds transfer of reimbursement payments.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1987, ch. 546, § 1; P.L. 1992, ch. 163, § 1; P.L. 1996, ch. 129, § 13; P.L. 1996, ch. 131, § 13; P.L. 1996, ch. 132, § 13; P.L. 1996, ch. 133, § 13; P.L. 1997, ch. 30, art. 34, § 4; P.L. 1998, ch. 31, art. 11, § 3; P.L. 2004, ch. 595, art. 27, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 117, art. 10, § 1; P.L. 2006, ch. 246, art. 14, § 1; P.L. 2006, ch. 601, § 1; P.L. 2006, ch. 612, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 73, art. 15, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 100, art. 27, § 1; P.L. 2015, ch. 141, art. 17, § 1.)