Unlicensed Relative Providers
One-Time Orientation Requirements:
- Provider Orientation Program (POP) Pre-service Training. Unlicensed Relative Providers will be eligible for payment the day after the POP training is completed.
Health and Safety Requirements:
- All unlicensed home-based providers must be related to the child by blood, marriage, or adoption. This means the child is a grandchild, great-grandchild, niece, nephew, or sibling (only a sibling living outside of the child’s home) to the provider. If you are not related, you must have a license from the Office of Early Childhood Division of Licensing to provide child care.
- All relative providers must be 20 years of age or older.
- All new relative providers may only care for a total of three (3) children at a time. Of those children, only two (2) children may be under the age of two.
- All relative providers must complete and post this Emergency Plan. Emergency Plan Plan de Emergencia
- All current Care 4 Kids relative providers may only care for a total of three (3) children at a time. Of those children, only two (2) children may be under the age of two.
Additional Voluntary Training Is Available!
- Additional online child development voluntary training is available. If you are interested, click here for registration information.
Provider Training Requirements – Frequently Asked Questions FAQs (English) SPANISH Preguntas Frecuentes
Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Criminal Background Checks
All unlicensed Care 4 Kids providers must complete the DCF Authorization for Release of Information Form online from the Care 4 Kids website. This form is used by DCF to complete a background check for unlicensed providers. Submission of this form is an eligibility requirement of the Care 4 Kids program and must be submitted to Care 4 Kids. If the DCF substantiation makes a provider ineligible for Care 4 Kids payment, the provider will be required to repay benefits issued. Click here to complete the DCF Authorization for Release of Information form.
All Care 4 Kids unlicensed providers are subject to criminal background checks. If the results of the criminal background check confirm a crime on the crimes list which makes a provider ineligible for Care 4 Kids payment, the provider will be required to repay the benefits issued. Click here for a complete crime list