Child Care & Development - General Information

Mission Statement

Promote and provide support, education, and resources to Nevada's child care community thereby increasing the development of high-quality child care environments for providers, families, and children.

    ATTENTION: Potential Delays in Provider Payments

    July 11, 2024 - We are currently experiencing system delays in the Nevada Child Care System (NCCS), which may result in delayed payments for some providers. The Child Care and Development Program is working diligently to resolve these issues.

    Welcome, Washoe County Providers!

    We’re thrilled to welcome Washoe County child care providers to the State of Nevada Child Care Licensing Program! This exciting transition marks a significant step towards ensuring top-notch care and consistent standards for all our providers and families across Nevada.

    Nevada Providers — Be in the Know!

    July 8, 2024 Providers, be on the lookout for important communications from your Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) and the Child Care and Development Program (CCDP). Exciting changes are on the horizon, including updates to the Provider Service Agreement (PSA).
    Expect detailed instructions and updates in the coming days to guide you through these changes seamlessly. Stay connected and make sure you subscribe to emails from CCDP to receive all the latest information.

    CCDF State Plan

    The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan Agenda outlines Nevada's strategy for providing quality child care services to low-income families over the 2025-2027 period. The plan focuses on enhancing child care quality, increasing accessibility, and supporting workforce development.

    New Family Copayment Contribution Guidelines

    Reinstatement of Family Copayment Contributions: Effective April 1, 2024, Family Copayment Contributions have resumed, recalculated based on household size and income for affordability.

    Sliding Fee Scale Implementation: The updated system implements a sliding fee scale, adjusting contributions from 0% to a maximum of 7% of household income to ensure equitable access to childcare services.

    Policy Transmittals and Notifications: Providers and families have received official policy transmittals and notifications detailing the reinstatement of Family Copayment Contributions and the introduction of the sliding fee scale. These communications ensure transparency and understanding of the updated guidelines.

    Payment Process: Providers follow a structured process for managing Family Copayment Contributions. For example, when a child transfers to a new provider, the previous provider communicates the Family Copayment Contribution details to ensure seamless financial transition. This approach guarantees clarity and continuity in payment handling, supporting uninterrupted childcare services for families.

    Child Care Subsidy Program

    The Division of Welfare and Supportive Services is the designated lead agency to administer the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF).

    The CCDF Child Care Program assists low-income families, families receiving temporary public assistance and those transitioning from public assistance in obtaining child care so they can work.  CCDF funds are also used for Quality activities to improve the quality of child care by financially assisting child care providers in their professional development and maintaining healthy, safe, appropriate learning environments for children 0 to 12 years of age.  Other services under Quality include Resource and Referral for parents seeking child care and consumer information on the aspects of quality child care.  Resource and Referral services are available to all Nevada families at no cost.

      Waitlist Duration for Subsidy Applications

      There is no set time limit to how long a new applicant family may be on the waitlist. The waitlist is reviewed monthly. While the exact duration on the waitlist will vary, all new applications will be processed in chronological order, and families are guaranteed 12 months of subsidy coverage once they become eligible. Learn more in the Child Care and Development Program FAQ.

      Child Care Quality

      Child Care Quality programs include:

      • Accreditation Support
      • Southern Nevada's Child Care Training Program
      • Tiered Reimbursement
      • Child Care Registry
      • Pre-K Standards Development
      • Infant/Toddler Quality Improvement Grants
      • Nevada Strong Start child care services centers

      More information on these programs can be found on our Child Care Quality page.

        Small Child Care Establishment Registration

        If you are interested in becoming a Registered Small Child Care
        Provider, please follow the link below for more information.

        Questions, comments, or concerns?

        Whether you have questions, comments, or concerns about child care services in Nevada, the agency wants to hear from you. Email staff to share your thoughts. Your feedback helps improve and better support the child care community across the state.


            Important Links


            Child Care & Development Program

            1470 East College Parkway, Carson City, NV 89706
            Main: 1-775-684-0625
            Fax: 1-775-684-0674
            Email Child Care and Development Program